Italian brand Olympia has announced its new Hammer enduro e-MTB, complete with a long-range Shimano Steps power unit.
The unit itself is the app-controllable pedal assist Shimano Steps 8,000 model with 250w output, integrated with an expanded-capacity battery that now holds 630Wh, which Olympia claims will boost range significantly beyond the capabilities of regular bikes in the category.
The geometry of the Toray T800 carbon frame is designed from the ground-up to fit the motor, resulting in a natural rider position that’s been pushed forward to improve rear wheel traction and the efficiency of the unit. The 75.7 degree seat tube, shortened top tube (at 575mm) and 64.5 degree steering angle are said to come together to give fun yet stable handling thanks to the more upright position.
The rear chain stays measure at 450mm, and have been purposefully beefed up to improve strength and stiffness. Meanwhile, you also get a dropper seat post with integrated cabling designed specifically to reduce friction in the system.
Damping comes from a Horst suspension system and RockShox forks – with the bike available with sprung or air-dampened formats depending on which model you plump for – with 180mm of potential travel. Olympia tells us that the linkage design of the frameset itself helps to produce progressive compression, which should reduce the possibility of squatting in key moments.
You can also customise your ride with compatibility for 27.5” and 29” wheels, making the Hammer a versatile machine. It’s finished off with Shimano XT M8000 brakes and rear derailleur in the flagship Prime model, and a blend of Shimano components in the entry-level Hammer.
UK prices are TBC at time of writing.