Great British Weather is tough on components especially if you like riding bikes over long distances. At OLSEN BICYCLES we have designed our bicycles around components that offer an alternative to the derailleur. We have extensively tested Gates Carbon-drive BELTS, Pinion GEARBOXES and Single-speeds.
OLSEN BICYCLES philosophy is to make bicycles that are reliable and functional in the most adverse weather conditions in the world...
The derailleur drivetrain was invented in 1928 and works perfectly fine for road bikes where precision shifting is not impaired by mud sand and more mud. A lot of design and engineering has gone into improving the rear derailleur, but this system is still exposed to the elements and mud. The derailleur has become the mechanical Achilles heel when long distances and trail conditions turn bad. Gearboxes have more long-term benefits for mountain biking than an exposed rear derailleur system. Years of maintenance free cycling. 10000 quite belt-drive miles. At Olsen Bicycles, I have designed a frame around the Pinion gearbox based on UK hardtail geometry. With the Pinion gearbox and Gates Belt drive, this frame has both low maintenance and ride versatility.
With low-maintenance at the heart of the design lets break down some of the features:
We have adopted established mountain bike standards:
So how do we make a frame more versatile and taylored to you? This frame uses the benefits of Carbon monocoque construction, However we have designed the frame to allow for some small changes to create a Semi-Customiseable Frame Geometry:
Long travel geometry:
Rigid fork geometry:
The Belt adjustment is done by using the tensioning fob to rotate the gearbox mounting plates. These plates can be changed and come in 2 sizes, standard and +5 if you prefer a lower bottom bracket. This gives you more options to make the frame suit your riding style.
If you have a lot of bikes, this bike will replace several frames in your collection. If you only want one bike then look no further. Whether you want a bike to train on or take you on an adventure This bike will not let you down. Join the #greatbritishweather gearbox revolution where ever you are in the world it is raining somewhere...
All frame components are laser cut, CNC machined and hard anodised in Sussex on the South Coast of Englandshire in Great Britain.
If you are interested in one of my bikes please email me first on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Phone 07868 244 775 or leave a text message.
ABOUT OLSEN BICYCLES:
OLSEN BICYCLES was conceived in Sussex to ride the South Downs Way. After extensively singlespeeding the 100 mile South Downs Way, Stevo starting designing on a clean sheet. A belt-drive, rigid, singlespeed with 29" wheels was the brief.
Steven also started working on a Pinion gearbox frame. Something more versatile, that could be taken to UK Trail Centres or Long distance bikepacking and world touring. Fitting both 27.5+ and 29er wheelsets allows one frame to do both of these tasks. Look under the carbon section for the Ram and Swan framesets on our website. http://olsenbicycles.com/shop/
Steven Olsen is a product designer, engineer, singlespeeder and 29er advocate. He has worked as a product designer in the UK for over 17years.
Stevo has prototyped various bicycle frame designs over the decades. He worked at Planet-X and On-One for 2 years, designing 15 frames including the Carbon 456, Whippet and Lurcher. Stevo has also designed frames for Cooper Bikes and Buzz Bikes.
Stevo has chased his design career around the world. He has also sat in traffic jams and driven for 8 hours to go mountain biking. However, there are pleasures to be taken from being able to ride your bike from your front door to your local trails.