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Olympia F1-X Hides a Rear Shock Partially Inside its All-New Carbon XC MTB Frame

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, frame
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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

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, ang;ed
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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?

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, x-ray frame

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.

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, frame detail

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.

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, shock x-ray detail

It also shifts the main pivot slightly lower & back, just forward of the bottom bracket for smoother, more efficient rear wheel travel.

This new more compact suspension layout also allows for shorter 430mm chainstays on the two smaller bikes, but 435mm stays for taller riders.

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, internal routing headset

Keeping the unique toptube pierced by a tunnel to boost front-end rigidity, the new bike also jumps up to a full 1.5″ FSA headset top & bottom that allows for internal cable routing without any external cable ports.

A further of the hi-mod carbon mountain bike’s complete redesign is lighter weight again, dropping 100g of the previous F1-X to come in around 1500g.

More Capable Geometry

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike

Of course, the semi-integrated rear shock is the most striking change, but Olympia has also tweaked the short-travel XC bike to be more capable than ever for more technical XC & marathon races. The bike bumps up its fork travel 10mm to 110mm while managing to lower frame Stack height by a few millimeters with shorter headtubes.

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, geometry

On top of longer travel, the new F1-X also gets a degree and a half slacker 67.5° head angle, a steeper seat angle on the smaller frames, and keeps the same longer Reaches it got in the bike’s 2020 trail-inspired update.

The bike is now spec’d with 35mm stanchion SID forks that can be internally adjusted to 120mm of travel for even slacker, more stable handling to tackle tougher racecourses.

Olympia F1-X – Options & availability

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, GX AXS
2023 Olympia F1-X Race GX AXS

Olympia’s all-new 29er F1-X is technically a MY23 bike and they haven’t yet released either final pricing or an official estimate on real availability – think: early spring 2023.

2023 Olympia F1-X semi-integrated hidden shock 100mm XC mountain bike, anglde

But we do know at least there will be two complete bike builds – a mechanical F1-X Team 1S build with Shimano XT groupset or the electronic F1-X Race GXS AXS setup  – both with FSA components & all0y Miche wheels, or an upgrade to Ursus carbon.

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Jaap
Jaap
1 month ago

I know nothing about the whole MTB game, but these look the part.

Jimmy z
Jimmy z
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaap

Looks like something from the early 90’s

Phil B
Phil B
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy z

Please share a photo of the full suspension mtb from the early 90’s that looks like this bike.

ScamEnder
ScamEnder
1 month ago

Solid ride!!! What’s price range tho??

David
David
1 month ago

So an unlubricated seal huh? that rubs against the shock body? Yea just throw a little mud on there and watch the finish rub off after a season and your air spring fail.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  David

My thoughts exactly.

Jason DW
Jason DW
1 month ago

Weird looking thing

Sean k
Sean k
1 month ago

Not convinced by the protection, you have to have 100% open to clear the crud or 100% sealed to stop it, this sort of cover – is not a seal in the technical sense – will allow a slight ingress which will grind away at the shock piston surface.

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