Claud Butler Olympus Hardtail Bike

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Brakes: Grimeca Hydraulic
  • Fork / Color: Rock Shox Judy XC, black.
  • Frame / Color: Easton Alloy main tubes, Brushed.
  • Frame size: 18” (45.7cm)
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT Deore

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Sheffield / South Yorshire / ENG

    Date Reviewed: October 6, 2003

    Strengths:    This bike looks great with its wide Easton alloy tubes and Vuelta XRP Aero Plus wheels, bomb proof as described below. Its light and pretty quick with a change of tires and even handles those rough and technical downhill sections excellently for a cross-country bike. The frame is very robust, responsive and provides a very smooth and comfortable ride. Best of all this English hand built bike offers a lifetime’s guarantee, Priceless, although I reckon I won’t be needing it.

    Weaknesses:    With its high frame and the Kore Lite 2 bars and stem the gear levers take huge gauges out the frame and almost cut through the cables when you need to bail out and the bars cross over the frame. There are a few simple and easy ways to get around this, although a change of handlebars solved this for me. The other choice would have been to change the stem with a higher reach, although, I would not ever compromise on the Thomson Elite.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have great confidence in this product and with its lifetime guarantee I’m sure the manufacturers do too. It’s a great ride smooth, light, fast and very robust. With all its components it was a good buy and good value for money. However, like any bike you always want new and better parts than you already have so on reflection you might be as well buying the cheaper model with the same frame and lifetimes guarantee. I have so far replaced the Kore stem with a Thomson Elite and its non-descript seat post with the Thompson Elite also. I have also replaced the Kore Lite 2 bars wit a pair of Easton Pro Taper (up riser) bars to overcome the problem mentioned above. The folks are average and will definitely need replacing when you start taking the bike to greater extremes, definately my next purchase. The wheels, well what can I say, Surprised, these wheels are Bomb Proof after driving my car clean over them and with not even a scratch on them. I will inevitably change most of the components that originally came on the bike eventually but overall this bike has been a good purchase for me and would recommend anybody to give it a try. This bike carries The George Cross, very well and I for one feel honored to own a Bike with the Claud Butler name.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anywhere & Anything

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   James JE Cycles

    Bike Setup:   Claud Butler – Olympus 2002, XT gear set, Grimeca disk brakes, Vuelta USA XPR Lite Aero Plus wheels (Bomb Proof, Even tried and tested by driving over them in my car, not even a scratch) Sella Italia saddle, Thomson Elite seat post, Rock Shox Judy XC folks, next to be changed but quite impressed for the price, Easton ProTaper bars, Integrated Cane Creek ZST headset and Thomson Elite stem.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by tamlin from northants

    Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

    Strengths:    forged alloy hubs, superb looks, amazingly light

    Weaknesses:    calipers are cast and would be better machined like judy etc, falks are near bottom of rock shock range, sometimes feels odd when turning sharp.

    Bottom Line:   
    superb bike but for the £600 I paid I could have got a magnesium frame, better wheels and cnc machined calipers and some change!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   england

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