OLIVIA - DUTCH STEP THRU - GATES - DYNAMO
The Achielle Olivia is a study in modern Belgian bike design, at once Fashionable-French in whimsy yet Dutch in its Calvinist quality. But then, the Belgians have always been that curious mixture of walled-off Dutch sensibility and the open, romantic sensibility of France - a flaneur on two wheels.
The Olivia (and its brother the Oscar) are what European city bikes want to be when they grow up. The modern Gates carbon belt drive provides maintenance-free, uncompromising power to the 8-speed Alfine hub, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes allow you to ride as fast as you like and still be confident in your stopping power. The Olivia has sleek and modern dynamo lighting on the front fork and built into the rear fender, with daytime running lights and 70 LUX illumination for dark nighttime rides. A handmade steel frame offers comfort on rough roads and the matte powder-coated paint will withstand the stormiest, saltiest coastal weather. The bike is crowned with a cream Brooks Cambium C17 saddle and grips for all-weather riding, Brooks comfort, and sleek looks that will turn heads.
If you want the classiest European looks with the most modern sensibility, you've found it in the Achielle Olivia.
- Questions? Book a consultation with one of our City Bike experts
- Genuine Dutch bike, hand-built in Belgium
- Step-thru riding position gives you power where you need it while maintaining the comfort of a city bike with easy mounting and dismounting
- Gates carbon belt drive, invented for use on motorcycles, is lube-free to keep pants clean and lasts up to 30,000km before needing replacement
- Full Dynamo lighting system - maintenance-free and anti-theft - that includes a 70 LUX front light and svelte Curana fender-integrated rear light
- Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal hub for steep hills and long flat straightaways
- Hydraulic disc brakes give you absolute stopping power, no matter the weather
- Brooks Cambium C17 saddle and grips for renowned Brooks comfort without the maintenance or break-in time of their traditional leather saddles
|ACHIELLE OLIVIA - ROADSTER - GATES - DYNAMO|
|FRAME||Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Powder Coated (made in Belgium)|
|FORK||Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Powder Coated (made in Belgium)|
|STEM||Stainless Steel Quill 25.4|
|HANDLEBAR||Chrome-plated steel, custom bend|
|GRIPS||Lock-on Brooks Cambium Grips
|SEAT||Brooks Cambium C-17 (made in England)|
|FRONT BRAKE||Shimano Hydraulic Disc
|REAR BRAKE||Shimano Hydraulic Disc|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Saccon (made in Italy)|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Alfine trigger shifter|
|FRONT HUB||Shimano XT Dynamo|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal gear|
|SPOKES||13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|RIMS||Ryde rims painted matte to match the bike frame (made in Holland)|
|TIRES||Continental Contact speed tires
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Sealed Cartridge 68mm/105mm|
|CRANKS||44T x 170mm Steel|
|CHAIN||Gates Carbon Belt Drive CDN (22T-50T)|
|COGSET||1/2" x 1/8" 22T|
|FRONT LIGHT||Busch & Muller IQ-XS, 70 LUX|
|REAR LIGHT||Busch & Muller built into Curana CLite Fenders|
|KICKSTAND||Altman Steel (made in Sweden)|
Curana CLite Fenders
ACHIELLE OLIVIA - STEP THRU
|51CM||5' 0"||5' 6"|
|57CM||5' 7"||5' 11"|
How is a city bike different from other types of bikes?
Behind each bike lies a designer, and within each designer lie assumptions. The assumption of most North American bike designers is that people ride bikes for recreation, which usually involves a bike path, a country road, and several hours of spare time. The bikes that result from this assumption are usually hunched-over, have exposed oily drivetrains that require tighter athletic clothes, feature anywhere from 21 to 33 speeds, and aren’t usually made to be locked up to metal poles all day, especially in foul weather. A city bike is quite the opposite. Its position is gloriously upright, the chain is totally covered, you have all the gears you’d ever need (3-speeds for flatter terrain, 7 or 8-speeds for hills), and tough frames and sealed mechanisms to battle all kinds of weather.
What’s the difference between a brand like Achielle and others you carry?
There are several key principles behind a good city bike design: outdoor storability, clothing protection, low maintenance, theft-resistance, and comfort. As a heritage European brand, Achielle embodies all of these principles to the maximum. It has chip and rust-resistant frame with low maintenance internal mechanisms. It uses a full chainguard to keep clothing clean. The wheels are bolted on to keep thieves away and the bike is gloriously upright. Other brands aren’t nearly as outdoor storable (Pure City) while others expose the oily chain to your clothing (Pelago and Pure City). Only Fahrradmanufaktur employs same principles but updates them with a lighter aluminum frame.
Is a Step-thru for Women and a Roadster for Men?
Heck no! It’s the 21 st century and anyone can ride either a Step-thru or a Roadster. The difference between the two is not gender, but position. A Step-thru has a remarkably high head-tube that raises the handlebar so the back is straight and the hips pointed forward. A Roadster has a much shorter headtube that positions the rider over the handlebars for more control, and the hips over the cranksets for more power.
How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?
Wheels are always the first part to break on most bikes and these wheels are strong! All the city bikes we sell feature strong double-walled rims that are internally box-sectioned to handle streetcar tracks and potholes. They all feature strong stainless-steel spokes that can never rust.
What is an internal gear hub?
In Europe, a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free.
What is a belt drive?
Belt drives have been developed over the last 30 years for use in racing engines and motorcycles. They are a band of nylon teeth held together with a series of carbon fibre cords, paired with alloy alloy chainrings and stainless-steel cogs. They've recently made the jump to bikes because they're nearly silent, don't require lube (and are much more winter-proof as a result), don't rust or get jammed with debris, and last for up to 30,000km of riding before needing replacement. We don't see them often on North American bikes because they can't be used with external derailleurs, only internal hubs or crank-based gearboxes.
How do I ensure my new bike won’t get stolen?
Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?Ten year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear
Did you know we ship bikes completely built and ready to ride? Our bikes are shipped Ride Out Of The Box meaning they are professionally tuned and delivered - worry free. Your bike will arrive at your door step with any accessories installed, so you can ride it right out of the box!
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