GRAVEL to CROSS

This catagory is where GRAVEL Bikes cross over to Bike Packing.

The PUNAKAIKI is the ideal bike for GRINDURO Events and COMMUTEERING. Commuting the long way home instead of going to the gym. This is your Bike has 65mm tyre clearance and will run up to 29x2.1” or 700x50c tyres.

The KARAPOTI is ideal for long fast days in the saddle. Ideal for the South Downs Way (SDW). Tyre clearance is 75mm so it will fit 29x2.25” tyres easily with clearance for mud. The Karapoti will also run drop bars for Monster Cross and can run Fixed for Tracklocross and with a 30.9mm seat tube this bike will fit a dropper post.

GRAVEL BIKES

PUNAKAIKI is a peninsula on the West Coast of New Zealand and is well known for its scenic beauty.

The PUNAKAIKI is the ideal bike for GRINDURO Events and COMMUTEERING. Commuting the long way home instead of going to the gym. This is your Bike has 65mm tyre clearance and will run up to 29x2.1” or 700x50c tyres. Wider tyres mean more grip and more comfort on those long fire roads, this bike will take you places and back again.

PUNAKAIKI-6 -ROHLOFF SPEEDHUB GRAVEL BIKE with GATES CDX DROP BARSPUNAKAIKI-6 -ROHLOFF SPEEDHUB GRAVEL BIKE with GATES CDX DROP BARS

Cyclo Gravel - 700 x 35c-50mm

The Punakaiki has been designed a drop bar geometry fitting up to 50mm tyres.  It is at home on gravel roads with a sprinkling of gravel.  It is part commuter part adventure. You can ride this bike fixed or single speed.  Great for shouldering up cyclo-cross climbs or built into a an Alfine or Rohloff hub to load up.  The Punakaiki can run 415mm A-C Lauf suspension forks...
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CROSS COUNTRY BIKES

KARAPOTI is a long running MTB race in the foot hills of Wellington New Zealand.

The KARAPOTI is ideal for long fast days in the saddle. Ideal for the South Downs Way (SDW). It has loads of bottle points for luggage and bottles. Tyre clearance is 75mm so it will fit 29x2.25” tyres easily with clearance for mud. This is my bike of choice to Single speed the SDW. The Karapoti will also run drop bars for Monster Cross and can run Fixed for Tracklocross and with a 30.9mm seat tube this bike will fit a dropper post.

KARAPOTI-6 -TITANIUM MTB BIKE with ROHLOFF SPEEDHUB 500/14 TSKARAPOTI-6 -TITANIUM MTB BIKE with ROHLOFF SPEEDHUB 500/14 TS

Multi-day Gravel upto 29x2.25 inch

The Karapoti has a longer top tube than the Punakaiki, however it can be run as drop bar build.  When your body is suffering from a gruelling day of riding you will need wider tyres for comfort.  Balloon tyre comfort made mountain bikes popular in the 1990's for this very reason.  The Karapoti geometry is designed for comfort, it can run dropbars with a shorter stem.  With a higher bottom bracket height than the Punakaiki, the Karapoti has better pedal clearance over rough terrain.
The main reason for choosing the Karapoti over the Punakaiki, is the larger tyre clearance, comfort and being able to move around the frame more. The Karapoti is also available as a Pinion Gearbox Frame.

KARAPOTI-D2 DROP BAR- GATES CDX TITANIUM BIKE

RocknRollout Dropouts

These Dropouts allows the frame to do 3 things:

1/ The rear hanger to be replaced if a derailleur is damaged.

2/ splits the frame for belt drive.

3/ adjusts the wheelbase for belt/chain tensioning.

OLSEN RocknRollout dropouts can be replaced and 142 can be replaced for 135. 142 is a stable internal hub gear format for Kindernay and Rohloff. 135 has a large second hand market with Rohloff and Alfine11.

OLSEN PHILOSOPHY:

There are a lot of moving standards in the bicycle industry.  At OLSEN HQ we have chosen standards that give you the most versatility possible.  I have designed all of our frames around 'stable' future-proof bicycle standards, choosing the best high-tech options without losing the reliability of low-tech components. This means that your bike is repairable and adaptable.