Olympia Speedy Plus Veloce review

A taste of Italy without the usual bill

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £999.99 RRP
Olympia Speedy Plus Veloce

Our review

Heavy frame, but a characterful Italian flavoured ride for more aggressive riders
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For distinctive and determined-feeling road racers in the classic Italian style, at under a grand, Olympia bikes are well worth a look. They might be low-profile in the English-speaking world, but Olympia are a major bike company in their Italian homeland and they also own superbike brand Scapin.

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  • Highs: Classic, very purposeful and planted Italian ride character with decent power delivery and a suitably Italian spec
  • Lows: Complete bike weight is bearable but the very heavy frame limits upgrade potential and it’s definitely a firm rather than floaty ride
  • Buy if: You want classic Italian character for considerably less than better known brands will cost you

The Italian aspect is very clear straight away on the Speedy Plus. The long stem puts your hands a fair way out in front of an already long top tube, making for a proper speed stretch even on this 54cm (bottom bracket to seat tube top) frame.

The stable steering and a very planted feel on the road immediately reminded our test team of the classic Italian character of brands like Colnago and Pinarello.  The kit is suitably Italian too: comfortably curved thumb-and-finger Campagnolo Ergopower shifters working 10-speed Veloce derailleurs driven by an FSA chainset.

The smooth rolling and usefully light wheels are from Fulcrum too, although Michelin tyres provide a French finishing touch to the otherwise Latin line-up. The grippy Lithion 2s get a thorough workout from the Olympia, as the low, long position creates a sense of commitment and confidence that translates just as well to twisty English country lanes as to the northern Italian Alps around Olympia’s base.

There’s no twitch or flutter from the front end, just a locked down feel that’s all about lean angles, dropped shoulders and pointed knees rather than sitting up and grabbing the brakes. It’s equally keen on keeping momentum too, with a reasonably firm feel through the pedals thanks to the extensively shaped frame tubes.

Back the pressure off slightly and there’s a smooth roll-on sensation from the naturally lower, more aero riding position; it’s a bike that feels like it wants to race rather than just look at the view. While the wheels spin up to speed quickly, a frame weight close to 2kg means getting it there or up a climb definitely takes more effort than on a lighter bike. It also limits the upgrade value of the chassis.

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While the Ergopower hoods and San Marco saddle are contact point highlights, the firm ride feel starts to get tiring on longer rides. Your shoulders and back certainly come in for more hammer over the long haul, again making it more suited to hard and fast riders than comfort-seeking cruisers.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Speedy Plus (12)
Brand Olympia

Description Michelin lithion 2 700x23 tyres
Rear Wheel Weight 1790
Top Tube (cm) 56.5
Standover Height (cm) 79.5
Seat Tube (cm) 54
Chainstays (cm) 40.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 28
Weight (kg) 9.23
Stem Olympia 11cm
Shifters Campagnolo Veloce ergopower
Seatpost Olympia alloy, 31.6x350mm
Seat Angle 73
Saddle Selle San Marco ponza
Rims Fulcrum Racing 7, alloy hubs, sealed bearings; spokes: 20 radial front, 24 radial/3-cross rear
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Veloce, short cage
Available Sizes M L L M S S S S S S M L XS XS XS XS XS XS S M L XXS XXS XS S M L
Headset Type Integrated
Head Angle 73.5
Handlebar FSA Gossamer 42cm
Front Wheel Weight 1260
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Veloce braze-on
Frame Material Double butted 7005 aluminium
Fork Olympia FlX carbon UD
Cranks FSA Omega compact 50/34, 172.5mm cranks
Chain Campagnolo Veloce
Cassette Campagnolo Veloce 11-25
Brakes Olympia dual pivot
Bottom Bracket FSA external
Wheelbase (cm) 98.7