Shangdu is a historical UNESCO site north of the Great Wall of China, also known as XANADU.
Pronounced "Zan·ah·doo" the XANADU frame is our long distance Bikepacking 29er plus Bike. This is ideal for long rides in the Brecon Beacons, Bear Bones or outer Mongolia. The XANADU has a large cockpit and is perfect for tall riders. Fitting up to 29x2.8” tyres the XANADU is a modern twist on an XC bike, for those who want high volume tyres for grip control and comfort. This frame is at home with a Rigid or 120mm suspension fork.
XANADU Single Speed BIKEPACKING Bikes
The RocknRollout Dropout is at the heart of the OLSEN frame design. We have focused our design around the rear derailleur dropout, but taken it further. Most bicycle frames have replaceable dropouts, but they do not allow for anything other than a derailleur. This idea came from the fact that UK riders often have a winter bike, which is often single-speed.
The RocknRollout Dropouts turn 1 Bike into 2 Bikes giving the rider more versatility. Summer bike with derailleur; winter bike as single-speed or internal gear hub.
GATES CDX CARBONDRIVE COMPATIBLE:
OLSEN has a bike that suits the type of terrain and riding you do.
Part of the solution to going the distance - avoiding the tears caused by conventional riding - is the Gates Carbondrive.
Gates Carbon Drive brings you Olsen Bikes that are:
• CLEAN - Just hose off and ride.
• QUIET - The antidote to a high-tech world.
• LOW MAINTENANCE - Fit and forget for 10,000 miles.
REAR WHEEL SPACING:
At OLSEN we made the decision to have the first frames 142mm for the simple reason that 142 is backward compatible with 135mm.
• 142mm will fit the following: Derailleur, Single speed (SS) and Internal Gear Hubs (IGH).
• 148mm Boost – Derailleur, a few SS hubs and IGH (with adaptors) – but is 3mm wider 3mm each side
• 157mm SUPER Boost – Derailleur hubs ONLY.
142mm has been adopted by Gravel bikes and there are loads of single-speed hubs that are 135mm an 142mm... 135 & 142mm are extremely popular with internal hub gears. Rohloff, Kindernay both offer 142mm. Shimano Alfine 11 comes in 135 and the Secondhand Rohloff market is full of 135mm hubs. There are however a lot of PLUS and FAT tyre riders who choose hub gears. Hub gears have wider flanges and a better chainline.
142mm is the winner for versatility and options.
BIKES INSTOCK : SRAM NX 12speed BIKES
WHY NOT SPEC OUR 142 FRONT EXPEDITION FORK:
Perfect for BikePacking, our 142 EXPEDITION FORK returns us to the Surly Pugsley concept of same Front and Rear Wheel spacing. OLSEN HQ wanted to do something similar – filling the gap in the FAT Fork Market with existing the single speed rear hub format 142mm, instead of 150mm.
You can build a bike into the following: