Cervélo have done it, so have Cannondale, and now Olympia are the latest frame-builders to join the sub-900g frameset club. The Italian company have announced a feathery light 849g frame – named the 849 – as part of their new range.
The frameset uses a tapered (1 1/8in to 1 1/2in) head tube for plenty of rigidity at the front, and the frame takes a sturdy BB86 bottom bracket. Various builds will be available, ranging from 11-speed Shimano Ultegra to Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 11-speed.
The Shimano Ultegra build shown above right, with Shimano RS21 wheels, costs £3,392, though the “sky’s the limit” for what’s possible according to Olympia, and their British importers claim a customer has ordered a bike costing £12,500. US prices are to be announced.
Five sizes are on offer and the 849g claimed weight is for a small size (49cm centre to top seat tube). Three sizes – small, medium and large – are available in the UK now. XS and XL models will be available in Britain shortly, BikeRadar have been told.
The Olympia 849 with SRAM Red
For more information, visit www.olympiacicli.it.