Italian manufacturer Olympia approaches slightly different the 2014 season, with lesser novelties, but more elaborate ones and with a generous number of versions. If in terms of road bikes quality carbon and the new disc brakes trend will play a significant role, the company’s mountain bikes will follow the 29 and 27.5 inch trend, as well as trying to get the best out the budget models.
For road weight weenies Olympia prepared the 849 frame, the heir of the CSLR, which weighs exactly the number of grams as its denomination. Available in no less than 9 versions of specifications, the 849 can be purchased equipped starting with the Shimano Ultegra groupset, all the way up to the Dura-Ace Di2 one, or the corresponding sets belonging to SRAM or Campagnolo. Besides the low weight, the frame also stands out through its strength, amplified by its triungular top tube and oversized chainstay, which also contributes to bottom bracket stiffness, like the T1000, T800 and M40J carbon types do also.
The leader of the Olympia road line-up is none other than the Leader model. It features superior aerodynamics as well as low weight, but more important is the fact it’s part of the disc brake roab bikes category. By adapting the frame to the new requirements, the manufacturer managed to obtain high performance in different regards. There won’t be too many versions of this bike, actually only 2 being presented so far, both with SRAM Red hydraulic disc brakes, but one with the full high-end groupset, while the other fitted with the rest of the Force groupset.
27.5 inch fever took over the Piove di Sacco-based manufacturer, which caters to budget-buyers needs by releasing the Drake 27.5, a bike specified with an aluminum 7005 frame and an appealing design.
At the opposite end of the 27.5 inch range sits Nitro 2, a model suited more for competitive usage. Already featuring in the 26 and 29 inch wheel versions from previous years, the Olympia engineers had only to further adapt the frame to the specific geometry, a thing did without giving up the Toray T700 unidirectional carbon used, nor the tapered head tube or PressFit bottom bracket.
Other models now include different versions, such as the CSL X2 which is available now in the 29er version. A mix of Toray T800, T700 and M30 unidirectional carbon fibers makes up the frame, while other traits are also present, like the PressFit bottom bracket, inner cable routing, DirectMount and PostMount systems and 12mm rear thru axle.
Olympia didn’t neglect the big-wheeled budget models and making use of a still performant material, aluminum, released the Bull 29”, an entry-level model by the Italian manufacturer’s standard. Its strongest point lies in its frame, more exactly in the alloy used in building it, a 7000-series aluminum with a higher concentration of magnesium, silver and berilium, which strengthen the frame and also make it more resistant to oxidation. Several version which will differ in terms of specifications will be present, beginning with Shimano Acera and ending with Shimano Deore XT.