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If Achielle is the Vermeer of Dutch bikes then the Craighton is his masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring. Hand-drawn tubes, hand-brazed, galvanized, hand-painted, hand-assembled and dripping with top drawer components. Each step an accountability in the relentless pursuit of building investment-grade, lifetime products.

All Achielle bikes are made to order and our Achielle Craighton Opa Pure bikes all have Shimano Nexus 8 speed gearing giving a massive range of gears in a weatherproof and maintenance free hub, Shimano roller brakes take care of the stopping without the need to ever change brake pads again, Shimano and Busch & Muller dynamo lighting so you are always safe and the rest of the finishing kit is all top drawer custom parts from Brooks leather saddle, stainless steel rims and the awesome Hebie Bipod double kickstand.

So, if you’re looking for a real Dutch bike? Look no further than Belgium and the stunning Achielle Craighton Opa Pure. Belgium has kept up the bicycle building tradition that much of Holland has lost to cost-cutting and overseas production.

About a century ago bicycles companies weren't much different than your local baker, there was one in each village and each one did things a bit differently. In Holland, these companies expanded to different provinces, then different countries, and each time this happened something essential was lost - quality being one. Not Achielle. They still hand build and assemble their bikes in Pittem, Belgium - and the Craighton is their masterpiece.

  • Hand brazed Chorus steel frame, galvanized and powder coated
  • Roadster frame with very upright riding position
  • Matching steel fenders, chain case and heavy duty rear pannier rack
  • Shimano 8 speed Nexus gears with twist shifter
  • Brooks B67 leather sprung saddle
  • Achielle leather grips
  • Van Schothorst stainless steel rims and spokes
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus puncture proof tires
  • Axa Defender wheel lock
  • Shimano Dynamo system with Busch & Muller Lights. Halogen front and LED rear with standlight technology
  • Upgrade to a considerably brighter Busch and Muller LED front light with daytime running light technology


FRAME Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Galvanized
FORK Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Galvanized
HEADSET 1" Alloy
STEM Alloy Quill 25.4mm
HANDLEBAR Custom bent alloy
GRIPS Achielle leather with foam undercore
SEATPOST Alloy Micro-adjust
SEAT Brooks B67 Sprung Honey Brown
BRAKES Shimano IM-45 Roller Brake
BRAKE LEVERS Saccon (made in Italy)
SHIFTER Shimano Nexus 8 rotary
FRONT HUB Shimano DH-C6000 Dynamo 2.4W
REAR HUB Shimano Nexus Internal 8 Speed
SPOKES Oversize 13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes
RIMS Van Schothorst Stainless Steel
TIRES Schwalbe Marathon Plus w/Reflective
BOTTOM BRACKET Sealed Cartridge Bearing 68mm/105mm
CRANKS 44T x 170mm Steel
CHAIN Galvanized Steel
COGSET 1/2" x 1/8" 21T
PEDALS Wellgo 9/16" Alloy w/Rubber top
KICKSTAND Hebie Double Kickstand (made in Germany)
FRONT LIGHT B&M Lumotech Halogen
REAR LIGHT Spanninga SPX with Standlight
RACK Lepper, EN certified (made in Holland)
EXTRAS AXA Defender Wheel Lock

Lepper Colour Matched Fenders (made in Holland)

Achielle Custom Colour Matched Chain Guard



53CM 5' 4" 5' 7"
57CM 5' 8" 6' 1"
61CM 6' 1" 6' 4"
65CM 6' 4" 6' 7"


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ACHIELLE COMPANY HISTORY: Achielle have effectively been making bikes in the traditional way since 1946. Starting from humble beginnings in a family owned bicycle shop in Zwevezele to the present modern factory in Pittem (Egem). The inspiration for Achielle bicycles stems from the early 20th century Dutch bikes and then combining these with modern technological advances. What makes Achielle truly unique is that all steel frames are still produced in our own factory. From steel tube to complete bicycle in one workshop. So, when Achielle say Handmade in Belgium. They mean from start to finish.

How is a city bike different from other types of bikes?

Behind each bike lies a designer, and within each designer lie assumptions. The assumption of most North American bike designers is that people ride bikes for recreation, which usually involves a bike path, a country road, and several hours of spare time. The bikes that result from this assumption are usually hunched-over, have exposed oily drivetrains that require tighter athletic clothes, feature anywhere from 21 to 33 speeds, and aren’t usually made to be locked up to metal poles all day, especially in foul weather. A city bike is quite the opposite. Its position is gloriously upright, the chain is totally covered, you have all the gears you’d ever need (3-speeds for flatter terrain, 7 or 8-speeds for hills), and tough frames and sealed mechanisms to battle all kinds of weather.


What’s the difference between a brand like Achielle and others you carry?

There are several key principles behind a good city bike design: outdoor storability, clothing protection, low maintenance, theft-resistance, and comfort. As a heritage European brand, Achielle embodies all of these principles to the maximum. It has chip and rust-resistant frame with low maintenance internal mechanisms. It uses a full chainguard to keep clothing clean. The wheels are bolted on to keep thieves away and the bike is gloriously upright. Other brands aren’t nearly as outdoor storable (Pure City) while others expose the oily chain to your clothing (Pelago and Pure City). Only a brand like Fahrradmanufaktur employs same principles but updates them with a lighter aluminum frame and zippier geometry.


What’s the difference between the Ashington and the Craighton?

The difference comes down to parts – and it’s a big difference! The Craighton is equipped with a wide-range 8-speed hub while the Ashington’s 3-speed is much more limited. Both bikes feature drum brakes but the Craighton’s front hub also tucks away a dynamo that powers a high-powered light-set that lets you live battery-free and keeps you safe at night. The Craighton uses the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire, the most puncture proof tire on market, the German-made Hebie double-kickstand, a rear-wheel lock (for quick in-and-outs), and the luxurious Brooks leather saddle (matched by equally luxurious leather grips)


Is a Step-thru for Women and a Roadster for Men?

Heck no! It’s the 21st century and anyone can ride either a Step-thru or a Roadster. The difference between the two is not gender, but position. A Step-thru has a remarkably high head-tube that raises the handlebar so the back is straight and the hips pointed forward. A Roadster has a much shorter headtube that positions the rider over the handlebars for more control, and the hips over the cranksets for more power.


How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?

Wheels are always the first part to break on most bikes and these wheels are strong! All the city bikes we sell feature strong double-walled rims that are internally box-sectioned to handle streetcar tracks and potholes. They all feature strong stainless-steel spokes that can never rust. Bikes like the Craighton use Marathon Plus tire that are mega Kevlar-belted tires to almost eliminate punctures in the city.


What is an internal gear hub?

In Europe a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free.


What are drum or roller brakes?

Like internal gears, drum brakes are sealed into (or onto) the front or rear hubs to minimize maintenance and ensure consistent performance through all weather. They’re not quite as powerful as a disc brake but they’re comparable in performance to a quality caliper or V-brake. A roller-brake is a variety of drum brake manufactured by Shimano that threads onto the hub while most drum brakes are manufactured by Sturmey Archer and are inside the hub.


What is dynamo lighting?

Cars come with lights and so should a city bike. Dynamo lightsets are an integrated system that generates electricity from the hub and blasts this into a theft-resistant light that projects more power than most battery systems. Unlike the old days where the dynamo rubbed against the tire (slowing you down) the new systems are part of the front hub and are very low friction as well as very low maintenance. Most of the dynamo sets we carry feature a “standlight,” or capacitor which means they produce light even when you’re stopped. 


What’s with that leather seat?

It’s the most comfortable thing you could ever sit on, seriously! Comfort is not based on squishy softness but instead shape. Brooks have been making saddles in the same Birmingham, UK factory since 1866 and they’re meant for a lifetime. A Brooks saddle molds to your anatomy and creates the perfect fit between rider and machine. Be careful you don’t get it wet though! (A plastic bag does the trick).


How do I ensure my new bike won’t get stolen?

Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.


What’s the warranty?

Ten year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear

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