Olympia, one of the oldest bike brands in the world, has launched the brand new Boost road bike to celebrate its 125th anniversary.
The Italian company has a habit of celebrating its birthday. Back in 2013 we brought you news of the 849 frame produced to mark its then 120th anniversary, with a stunning frame that weighed just 818g for a size small.
This time it's all about aero and disc brakes. The Boost is a disc-equipped aerodynamic road bike with all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect of a modern race bike. The tubes are shaped to minimise drag, the fork crown is recessed into the down tube and the seat tube hugs the rear wheel. The seat clamp is concealed inside the top tube and the cables are internally routed.
The frame and fork are both made from high-quality T1000 high-modulus carbon fibre to ensure the right levels of stiffness and weight for a bike undoubtedly aimed at speed freaks and racers alike. The disc brakes are attached to the frame and fork using the standard 12mm thru-axle and flat mount interface, with the hydraulic hoses internally routed.
Reducing frontal surface area is the work of an aerodynamic handlebar and stem, which looks to offer a wide range of fit adjustment whilst also helping to minimise drag, thanks in part to aero shaped spacers that create a smooth transition from stem to frame.
There’s also an integrated down tube bottle cage to reduce drag in this area when using a bottle. It’s not quite as advanced as the solution we’ve seen on the latest BMC aero bike but it’s along similar lines.
That’s about all we know at this stage. We don’t have details on availability or pricing yet, but Olympia has shared a few pictures of likely full builds, including Dura-Ace Di2 and Campagnolo Record 12-speed.
125 years of company history deserved a celebratory model capable of expressing the state of the art of Olympia's bicycle engineering expertise. Boost is its symbol,” explains the company.
More at www.olympiacicli.it/en/
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.