There are many new features in the Olympia F1 2021, the iconic hardtail model by Cicli Olympia. The main one concerns its weight – considerably reduced thanks to a more streamlined design and the use of the EPS system in the construction of the monocoque Toray T1000, T800 and M40J carbon fibre frame.
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The outline of the new Olympia F1 hardtail looks quite similar to the older model, but gone are the headtube & seat cluster punctures that were said to improve stiffness.
Instead, the simplified frame design was radically reshaped to shed around 20% off the previous generation, while also redesigning its ride character to climb steeper ascents and bomb down more technical terrain with improved confidence.
The update to the Olympia F1 Carbon XC hardtail, the company’s flagship, is significant compared to the previous iteration.
The angularity of the pipe profiles is gone and the frame is 20% lighter. Now its weight is about 860 grams, if you subtract 20% of its predecessor with a weight of 1050 grams.
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Re-designed Olympia F1 2021
Internal wiring is done partially. The transmission cables run externally for ease of maintenance, and the company believes the shifting performance is better. The hydraulic lines of the brakes do not have elements rubbing inside, therefore they went inside the frame.
Weight savings is the most immediate benefit of the more minimalist redesign.
Olympia doesn’t elaborate a specific weight claim, saying almost 20% saved over the previous model (which claimed 1050g for a small). That’s likely to put the new F1 well below one kilogram, putting it on par with many of the lightest carbon hardtails available.
The least noticeable, but most noticeable changes in motion are related to geometry. The angle of inclination of the head tube and seat became less by a couple of degrees and reached 68 and 76 degrees, respectively. This brings the XC MTB bike closer to trail performance, which has been popularly requested by riders.
The Boost-spaced rear end sticks with 430mm chainstays (and post mount brakes), but the slightly flattened seatstays are said offer some extra flex for more comfort, rerouting the shift cable to allow for a smaller cross-section and reduced reinforcement.
The newly designed UDH dropout, compatible with future Sram derailleurs, rotates on itself if hit by branches or debris, avoiding twisting or breaks. The chain guide has been completely redesigned to be more functional and lighter. F1 is factory-ready for mounting a telescopic seat post.
The geometries have been extensively redesigned to obtain a smoother riding feel and improve stability uphill and vehicle control downhill.
In the size S, the bottom bracket has been raised to achieve a better bike balance.
The 1.5/1.5-inch steering assembly is precise and rigid. The cable harnesses are integrated in the handlebars. The steering-fork assembly is highly compact.
To increase comfort, the 430 rear stay has been flattened and the stays’ cross-sections have been reduced. Space requirements were taken into consideration to allow for tyres with a section of up to 2.35 and a drivetrain of up to 38.
Olympia F1 2021 has room for up to 29×2.35″ tires, uses a 30.9mm seatpost with stealth dropper routing available, gets a PF92 bottom bracket, and features a replaceable UDH at the rear derailleur. The bike is 1x specific for up to a 38T chainring, but includes a direct-mount for a bolt-on chain guide.
The top stays of the rear triangle are flattened to make the hardtail a little nicer in motion. That is, they will flex.
The price starts at 2,200 euros for a complete set with Deore 1 × 12 and RockShox Judy Silver at 100 mm. The top build will cost 5,500 euros on XTR hardware and a Fox 32 Factory StepCast fork.
|FRAME||Carbon Toray T1000 – T800 – M40J Monocoque UDC Hi Module|
|FORK OPT.||Fox 32 FLOAT STEPCAST FACTORY 29” FIT4 100mm | Boost: 110x15mm | TAP|
|FORK OPT.||Rock Shox SID SL SELECT 29″ DFB 100mm | Boost: 110mm | TAP | T.A: 15mm|
|CRANK SET||Sh. XTR M9100 (34T,B148)|
|R. DER.||Shimano XTR RD-M9100 GS (12s.)|
|SHIFTERS||Shimano XTR SL-M9100|
|DISC BRAKE||Shimano XTR BR-M9100|
|CASSETTE||Shimano XTR CS-M9100 (10/51)|
|CHAIN||Shimano XTR CN-M9100|
|SADDLE||Sella Italia X-LR Ti316|
|SEATPOST||Ritchey Trail WCS BB Black|
|SEATPOST OPT.||Dropper / Telescopico Tranzx JD-YSP07|
|STEM||Fsa ST ICR Black|
|HANDLEBAR||Fsa KFX ICR Carbon 760mm Black|
|WHEELS||Ztr ARCH MK3 | Hub Miche 966 F:15 R:12mm|
|TIRES||Vittoria Barzo 2.25 XC-Trail G2.0|
|WHEELS / TIRES OPT.||Miche 988HS| F:15 R:12mm / Vittoria Barzo 2.25 XC-Trail G2.0|
|WHEELS / TIRES OPT.||Miche K4 Carbon| F:15 R:12mm / Vittoria Barzo 2.25 XC-Trail G2.0|
By: Berthy Perez