To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Italian bikemaker, Cycles Olympia have unveiled Limited Editions their two most popular lines, with both bikes totally reworked for 2019 and getting new premium 12 speed builds. Their winningest race bike, the F1 carbon XC race hardtail gets the biggest overhaul transforming into a modern weapon for aggressive cross-country tracks. But road isn’t left out, with their Boost aero carbon road bike now getting a disc brake treatment too.
2019 Olympia F1 125th LE carbon XC race hardtail MTB
The new F1’s big overhaul is recrafting its geometry to build a more technically capable race bike for more demanding modern XC race tracks. The side benefit of that of course, is that the new hardtail becomes more of a versatile bike for marathon and trail riding, no longer tied just to XC racing.
New 2019 F1 aggressive XC racing geometry
To make that work Olympia says the new bike shifts the rider back a bit, with a 5mm longer toptube but 5mm shorter chainstays. The headtube has been slackened by a degree and a half to 70° for a more stable ride, but gets a still steep 74° seattube angle to weight the front wheel on the climbs.
But in reality, the fit changes compared to the old F1 are much more dramatic than that looking at the numbers. That extra toptube shift actually translates to 29-38mm longer reach depending on frame size. And at the same time the headtubes have been trimmed down to shorten stack by 16-29mm depending on size, creating a bike that hopes to be both more stable and more aggressive.
New 2019 F1 Tech Details
The revised bike looks similar to the previous generation of the F1 with its small window behind the headtube, but gets a few key updates. A new curved seattube makes way for shorter stays and adds a bit of comforting flex. Together with another seat cluster window, they help keep lateral stiffness while allowing that vertical compliance. Construction of the new monocoque carbon frame again uses a hi-mod mix including T1000, T800 & M40J fibers.
The new dropped chainstay design and PressFit 92mm bottom bracket, together with a Boost 12x148mm rear end are said to offer more tire clearance. Olympia doesn’t expand on that but all of the bikes now come spec’ed with 2.25″ tires.
The new XC race bike is also now 1x-specific with no provision for a front derailleur, but the frame does includes a direct mount chainguide with each build. All cables are again routed internally, and the full carbon rear dropouts now also pair with a full carbon disc brake mount that uses replaceable nut inserts.
The Limited Edition F1 125th Anniversary bike will be available in just 125 total bikes with the special chromed paint finish. 125th bike features a new Shimano XTR M9100 1×12 groupset and Fox Float SC Factory fork standard. The new carbon F1 is available four stock frame sizes (S-XL), all with 29″ wheels. But the F1 125th limited edition looks to only be available in S, M & L.
While none of the standard complete bike builds include a dropper seatpost, the new F1 does include stealth routing for one, and Olympia offers buyers to swap out the standard 30.9mm post for a dropper on any build.
Standard Complete Bikes
Beyond the limited edition hardtail, the new F1 is also available in three other Race builds with SRAM XX1, GX, or NX Eagle groupset and a fourth Team build with an XT 1x drivetrain.
Each of the five total complete builds (including the 125th Limited Edition) are also available with Olympia’s own Racetrim rigid carbon fork to shed more weight. The full carbon, tapered steerer rigid fork is suspension corrected to the standard 100mm travel XC forks and is Boost 15x110mm space.
2019 Olympia Boost Disc 125th LE carbon aero road bike
The aero Boost road bike was already updated at the start of this year, teasing the first of their 125th anniversary editions. Unlike one might expect with a name like that, the Boost road bike is not in fact Boost-spaced. It simply gives you a boost thanks to its slippery aerodynamics.
New 2019 Boost Disc Tech Details
The big news here is that the aero carbon road bike created as an anniversary bike, now also gets a disc brake version – the Boost Disc.
The hi-mod T1000 carbon monocoque frame gets re-engineered to incorporate the flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles & 142mm rear spacing (sorry not 148mm). Aero tube shaping remains mostly unchanged, with key alterations to deal with the updated braking and axle forces.
The Boost Disc incorporates all of the aero features of the earlier rim brake version, including the dropped downtube transition off of the fork crown, hidden seat clamp, the integrated aero bottle cage. The complete bike also gets the same integrated aero shaped stem & spacer stack that transition smoothly into the toptube, while retaining handlebar adjustability.
Cable routing is again internal and the bike keeps the same updated 28mm tire clearance of the rim brake bike, although most complete builds still stick with 25mm tires.
2019 Boost Disc Geometry
The new aero disc brake Olympia Boost Disc shares the exact same road racing geometry with the rim brake model, sporting short for disc 409mm chainstays. The new bike is available in four frame sizes (S-XL). But interestingly again, the 125th edition does not appear to be available in the largest size, instead just listing the S-L range.
Again the Boost Disc 125th Anniversary edition share a similar chrome over black paintjob with red accents, and will be available in a limited run of 125 bikes. Those 125th bikes also gets an exclusive 12-speed drivetrain, here courtesy of the new Campagnolo Record mechanical shift, hydraulic disc brake 2×12 groupset. Add onto that a set of 50mm deep Boar One carbon wheels that do come wrapped with 28mm Vittoria Corsa tires.
Standard Complete Bikes
Like the XC bike, past the limited edition builds, the new Boost Disc is also available with 11 speed Red eTap, Dura-Ace mechanical, and both Ultegra Di2 & mechanical builds, all with hydraulic disc brakes.
Buyers can pick from the standard black or white paint jobs, and choose from FSA Vision Team 30, Mavic Comete Pro Carbon Disc, or Miche Revox Disc or Race DX wheelsets on any of the complete bike builds.