This wild new lightweight Olympia F1-X cross-country mountain bike hides about 3/4 of its rear shock inside the base of its seat tube, protected from the weather & elements. Functionally not all that different from the Italian bikemaker’s previous full-suspension XC race bike, this all-new carbon F1-X is certainly a head-turner… Olympia F1-X semi-integrated XC bike
c. Olympia Just when we thought Bold & Scott had cornered the market of mountain bikes with hidden rear shocks, Olympia drops in on a completely revamped F1-X. The new Olympia mountain bike isn’t quite as covered up, but it seems some of the same benefits are still there, in a frame that is lighter and more technically capable than ever. What’s Actually New?
The body of the shock and its critical wiper seal now sits protected down inside the frame, while an additional rubber seal where the slider protrudes from the seattube. The F1-X retains complete setup & maintenance usability, accessing the shock via a removable cover at the base of the seattube, just in front of the rear wheel.
The overall single-pivot, flex-stay suspension design is effectively unchanged, with a short carbon rocker link driving the upside-down shock that’s been relocated partially into the base of the seattube. By shifting the shock down and back inside the actual frame, Olympia is able to place the lower shock mount concentric with the main pivot on the same steel axle, for improved stiffness & lower weight.
It also shifts the main pivot slightly lower & […]
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