However, despite my best googling efforts, I can't find any more info on it - even on the manufacturer's website, because, I think the bike is last year's production model, it doesn't rate a mention on their site.
The brand seems to be a brand of specialist repute, although I have never ever seen an Olympia on the roads of Melbourne before.
I have only had this bike one day but it rode beautifully.
I "accidentally" bought it because I had a Giant OCR in for service and the cost of repairs was prohibitive and, indeed, worth more than the value of the bike itself.
The people at Mascot Cycles, the shop whose website appears above, are/were fantastic - it is definitely a boutique shop, only stocking European and quality grade stuff, both bikes and accessories and no cheap Taiwanese junk.
I highly recommend this store to Melburnians - in Bridge Road, Richmond...the people there are very friendly and very knowledgeable about their bikes.
So...apart from the little I know about this bike, having had a half an hour or so's ride today, which was very nice, who can pass comment, please?
Price was under $2k AUD.
Last edited by billbogster; 06-13-09 at 05:12 AM.
Reason: forgot to add something
I am going to give a reply to my own post, as I've (a) had a nice ride on this Italian babe and (b) gotten a few clues into my head in the 24 proud hours of ownership.
Firstly, I should learn that, when I take a pic of my babe, I don't take a pic with the bike turned such that the pump blocks the tube with the name on it. Like asking a cute girl for a pic from the rear (er, unless her rear is particularly worthwhile photographing!
Nextly, this is an Italian classic brand bike, the second oldest bike manufacturer in Italy after Bianchi.
The shop from which I purchased in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia ONLY sells good quality stuff, so everything is pretty much Italian (or French).
So, we have the following components:
Frame – Olympia Speedy (it may be called “Veloce” in Italian, not sure) – maybe my bike is a 2008 model, again, not sure;
Wheels – Miche Reflex RX3;
Groupset – Campagnolo Mirage, Compact Version;
Tyres – Vittoria Zaffiro;
Handlebars – ITM.
The proof of any pudding is in the eating. A lovely babe to ride.
Bike is flaming red, so it must now, in true Italian allegory to a Ferrari, be called a Testa Rossa.
Bike did beautifully on the generally flat Melbourne topography on a still, crisp Melbourne winter’s morning. Then, took it up one of the steeper hills in Melbourne (Oliver’s Hill near Frankston, for those who know it) and it coped admirably – went up the hill in a breeze and came down the hill, nice and stable and no feeling that the bike was about to fall apart or produce a death rattle.
I think the chainrings are 50/34 at the front and 26 at the back on the biggest sprocket – I think.
Previously uploaded photo of the Italian Babe, the Testa Rossa, was taken with the unsexy bike pump obliterating the tube with the name...bit like taking a picture of a cute chick from the rear (er, unless her rear was particularly worthwhile photographing). Now, herewith in all her Italianate glory (with absolutely no Taiwanese in-breeding) is my new girl, the Testa Rossa, who likes being ridden by me and whom I like riding - ooh yeah!!!