Italian company Olympia have marked their 120th birthday this year with the launch of the 849. It’s their lightest frame at 849g (size small), and is available now.
Olympia are one of the oldest bike manufacturers in the world, starting life way back in 1893. As we found when we tested the Ego RS recently, they continue to produce well designed bikes that embrace the latest technology. With the new 849, Olympia have sought to produce their lightest frameset yet.
It’s made from a combination of T800, T1000 & M40J composites with size-specific layup throughout, along with load-specific layup in the rear stays. The top tube has a triangular profile and oversized where it meets the tapered head tube (1 1/8in to 1 1/2in) to beef up front-end stiffness. A PressFit BB86 bottom bracket along with oversized chainstays should ensure a high level of stiffness when putting the power down. Skinny seat stays and a 27.2mm seatpost should ensure it’s a comfortable bike as well.
The frame is available in five sizes and can be had in a choice of nine builds, depending on how far your wallet can stretch, from a £3,392 Ultegra build or select groupsetsw from SRAM, Campagnolo and Shimano. Available only in Matt finish carbon fibre with white, grey and tricolour graphics
More info at www.olympiacicli.it, or you can contact UK distributor Poshbikes on info [at] olympiacicli.co.uk or telephone 01622 764440.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.