Round Up: 15 Olympic Edition Bikes

Jul 22, 2021
by Sarah Moore  
Evie Richards, Anton Cooper & Jolanda Neff's Trek Supercalibers

Trek added a brand-new paint scheme to its Project One ICON collection today, First Light. All Trek athletes in Tokyo, over 50 in total across all disciplines, will be racing on the new colourway.

bigquotesAll-new First Light is a one-of-a-kind custom paint scheme inspired by the land of the rising sun, with hand-painted ribbons of color in divine shades of blue, pink, gold, and red layered beneath a purple-tinted logo.Trek Bicycles

You can choose the colourway for your own Supercaliber at

Mathias Fluekiger's Thömus Lightrider Worldcup Ganbaru Limited Edition

bigquotesThe Thömus Lightrider Worldcup Ganbaru is a very special bike that had to wait a long time to be used. It was developed in the last two years together with Math Flückiger, it is made for the really big challenges. Just "Ganbaru". The Japanese mentality of resolutely battling your way through tough times, doing your best, pushing yourself to the limit - and beyond. In order to successfully complete the task at the end.Thömus

Learn more here.

Haley Smith & Peter Disera's Team Canada Norco Revolvers

bigquotesThe potential of The Games runs through the veins of every athlete who commits to the pursuit of gold – and when you’re one of the select few Canadians chosen every four years, those golden hopes, and the pride of your country, course through you like the veins of a maple leaf.

When Norco Factory Team XC riders Haley Smith and Peter Disera were selected to represent Canada in Tokyo, we wanted to do something to celebrate, and give these amazing athletes something special to commemorate their experience.

We transferred the excitement that comes with Norco’s first ever trip to The Games into the creative energy it took to imagine the visuals for these one-off Tokyo-bound XC machines.

To achieve this amazing effect, we spun maple into gold by plucking actual Canadian maple leaves and imprinting them on the aggressive lines of Haley and Peter’s Norco Revolver FS 100 and HT frames.

The finish was achieved by the skilled artists at VéloColour, and the results render a pearl golden-green organic leaf texture that shimmers over a clear coated carbon.

The frames were barely dry before being boxed up and whisked off with the hopes of a nation to surprise our two gold medal hopefuls, who are busy making their final preparations to take on the Izu MTB Course next week.
Norco Bicycles

Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn

Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn
Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn

Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn
Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn

Read more here.

Bec McConnell & Dan McConnell Team Australia Mondraker Podiums

Dan has already made history this year as the first Australian mountain biker to be selected for four Olympic Games in 2008, 2012, 2016, and now 2020/1. Bec, also a multi-Olympian, is the first female mountain biker to represent Australia in three Games.

The blue-green and yellow colors on Bec's and Dan's bikes match their Australian national team jerseys and are meant to represent the country's resources. Mondraker says yellow signifies beaches, mineral wealth, grain crops, and wool, while blue-green represents the ocean, eucalyptus and other forests, and pastures. The colors are also akin to Australia's national flower, the golden wattle.

bigquotesThere is no doubt that the personalized bikes with the national colours look spectacular and the occasion deserves it. Having three of our riders at the Tokyo Olympics is worthy of this and more. Now, let's wait and hopefully see them at the top of the rankings, and if they can win a medal, even better!Mondraker

Read more here.

Jofre Cullell's Team Spain Mondraker Podium

22-year-old Spaniard Jofre Cullell will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo. Cullell's bikes are painted to represent the Spanish flag. Legend says those colors come from Spain's bullfighting tradition, but it's not quite certain.

Read more here.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Filippo Colombo, and Elisabeth Brandau's BMC Fourstrokes

BMC has created three special Olympic edition bikes for Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Filippo Colombo, and Elisabeth Brandau, with splashes of their nation's colours across the top tube - red, white and blue for France's Ferrand-Prévot, red with a white cross for Switzerland's Filippo Colombo, and yellow, black and red for Germany's Elisabeth Brandau.

Paul Foulonneau 3SO L Agence
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's size small red, white and blue BMC Fourstroke.

Paul Foulonneau 3SO L Agence
Filippo Colombo's BMC Fourstoke is inspired by the Swiss flag.

Elisabeth Brandau will be competing for Germany in Tokyo on a size large Fourstroke.

Get all the details on the three bikes here.

Anne Terpstra's Ghost Lector

Kate Courtney & Nino Schurter's Supersonic Scott Sparks

bigquotesOur Supersonic collection of products was developed with one thing in mind – pure race speed. When you’re up against the clock or your fiercest rivals, know that you have the necessary products to break all barriers.Scott Sports

See the Supersonic collection here.

Nadir Colledani's Custom Olympic MMR Kenta

MMR's hopes for success in Tokyo in 2021 will lie on the shoulders of Nadir Colledani. Colledani has been steadily improving all year with an18th, a 12th and then a 10th place finish in Les Gets. He's clearly building form towards the Olympics in July and will be tackling the course on this custom bike provided by MMR. Let's get into all the details. Take a closer look at the bike Nadir Colledani will be piloting in Tokyo.

bigquotesIt couldn’t be otherwise, the base of the design of the bike is the blue savoy or azzurro savoia, which is the national color of Italy. This blue subtly degrades until it blends into the tone of the fork. The gloss lacquer contrasts with a series of traditional Japanese motifs finished in matte and which, together with other allusions to Olympic iconography, give context to the bicycle.Javier Gonzalez, Art Director at MMR Bikes

Learn more about Nadir Colledani's MMR Kenta here.

Eva Lechner's Trinx

Anne Tauber, Yana Belomoina & Sebastian Fini Carstensen's American Eagle Atlanta 2.0s

Ondrej Cink's Czech Kross

Linda Indergand's Liv Pique


  • 183 2
 Those maple leaves on the Norco, WOW!
  • 20 1
 Agreed on the Norcos. Paint jobs are amazing.
  • 16 12
 Interesting. I agree the leaves are impressive but I felt the paint job overall is kinda nasty. Rear triangle in particular. But maybe it looks better in real life?
  • 3 0
 The video showing how they do it is so cool. Made me wanna try it, even though I know it wouldn't turn out half as well.
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flag JDUBKC (Jul 23, 2021 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
 Reminds me of high school art class... tacky really.
  • 36 2
 Not an expert on country flags but what ever happened to countries using their flags primary colours as a badge of honor at international events. Not that I want more rules but how about all equipment and uniforms need to be primarily their countries actual color/flag?
  • 23 4
 Agreed how does Kate Courtney's bike not have red white and blue makes no sense to me.
  • 18 0
 So many countries have red, white and blue national flags that it would probably become very confusing. In the case of Australia, green and gold have been our international sporting colours in an unofficial capacity since before independence and officially since 1984.
  • 2 1
 Ran out of time to edit: although I suppose the USA flag is pretty distinctive.
  • 6 1
 @boozed: well I mean the French probably think their colours are distinctive too lol.
  • 9 1
 It should be like old school road racing, British had green cars, Italians- red, Germans- silver/white, USA- blue, etc. etc.
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 @boozed: I guess just saying having red white and blue is a little vague. But on Kate Courtneys bike having the American flag somewhere or some Stars and Stripes on the paint job I think makes sense. The same goes for Ninos where's anything related to The Swiss flag.
  • 1 0
 @TheBearDen: And the British, Aussies, Kiwis, Chile, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Russia, Liberia, Norway, Iceland etc. Red/White/Blue is an incredibly common colorway for national flags.
  • 1 0
 @cueTIP: not the point, put an original spin on those colours. The blue Norco's could have been white with red maple leaf or red with white. Then pendrel's orbea won't match the norco's. They are on the same ' team', fly the flag on your chest and your gear. The swimmers in Canada would all get maple leaf tattoo.
  • 25 0
 Would love to see Mathias Flueckiger take the win. He's been slugging it out on the circuit for years, somewhat in the shadow of more-frequent winners like Schurter, Van der Poel, etc. But it seems like he's peaked at just the right time. Hope he can pull it off.
  • 1 0
 It's my bet too.
  • 2 0
 100%. I love his scrappiness and aggression, and I'll be rooting for him.

It's a bit too late for Nino, and a bit too soon for Pidcock. MVDP will medal, and possibly Cink or Sarrou.
  • 21 0
 'Merican Eagle! F* Yeah!

....What do you mean they're Dutch? Where's Dutch?
  • 2 0
 I thought they lived near Belgium but i guess this is Holland...
  • 3 0
 American Eagle Atlanta 2.0. "Ships Worldwide, except the USA." Never heard of this brand but too funny.
  • 7 0
 In the 90's, American Eagle was the house mountainbike brand of the long gone Dutch distributor Veltec. They had Concorde for the road as well. So it's as American as pizza, and as Dutch as Edammer cheese. ;-)

Bart Brentjens won the first Olympic Gold on an American Eagle (his actual bike having been built by Storck, by the way) in Atlanta, '96.

The brand disapeared a few years later. Then, some years ago, The Dutch founder of Fast Forward wheels bought the brand name and, together with Bart Brentjens, reïntroduced the brand. It's a tiny company really, and the frames are nothing special. Their full suspension actually is an open mould frame, also sold under the brand name Trifox.

Cheers, Lars
  • 9 0
 That supercal is siiick. The Scott looks like a Nike singlet. Team nike for the olympics??
  • 1 0
 I know most here aren't into road, but the Trek's road bikes in the same paint scheme look amazing too:
  • 12 3
 Got to say the Scott bikes are really weak compared to the other "special" bikes for the Olympics.
  • 2 0
 paint job is less important when all anyone sees is the rear tire and a cloud of dust
  • 11 2
 The Scott bikes look lame. "Let's celebrate the Olympics by painting our bikes gray."
  • 8 0
 I thought American Eagle just made jeans & casual clothes, good for them for jumping into the hardgoods outdoor market... LOL
  • 1 0
 I thought The American Eagles were the kids that hung around Roger Ramjet.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: the America eagles snort coke off a hookers ass
  • 1 0
 American Eagle is a Dutch bike brand from the 90's...
  • 1 0
 @theoskar57: cawwww cawwww
  • 6 0
 Norco…best looking frame by far! Though I really want to try riding the to give the hidden suspension a try ( is that a negative 20 degree stem??)
  • 5 0
 AXS dropper post continues to ruin the look of otherwise beautiful bikes. Would be so much less offensive without the raw aluminum seat collar. It looks like a pre-production prototype.
  • 2 4
 Agreed. Dropper posts in general look awful.
  • 1 0
 @Freakyjon: Yeah, strictly speaking they look worse than conventional posts, at least on XC bikes. But at least the stealthy/blacked-out ones don't stick out like a sore thumb.
  • 7 4
 Most of of the paint jobs are pretty disappointing. Would expect something really special from the sponsors for athletes that qualified. This is the biggest sports stage possible and they should be showcasing their equipment.
  • 4 1
 Why do they go to all this trouble and not even redo the lowers on the fork? That Trek frame looks great…nice black fork….bleh!

I mean, it’s only the Olympics, so I see why the don’t put much effort in.

PS: I’m still a sucker for Mondraker….so great looking.
  • 7 2
 The Ghost is easily the wildest looking bike of the bunch. For my 2c also the best looking
  • 3 7
flag chamoisbutt (Jul 22, 2021 at 18:15) (Below Threshold)
 With a Suntour fork and a coil shock it could easily be mistaken for a Walmart bike.
  • 1 0
 That tire clearence, though...
  • 2 0
 Paint jobs are all amazing. My Trek rep got me so stoked on the "first light" paint job that i wanted to order it on tuesday - for our canadians: $2000 extra for the paint & the Supercaliber 9.8 GX Build. Estimated 365-385 days+ lead time.....well Olympics are every 4 years so maybe it will be here when the winter games in 2026 are happening........
  • 2 0
 The Norco's win hands down. The only other two that even are worth mentioning are the Trek and the Liv. Liv just for the detail and masking for all the colours on the frame and Trek for putting a bit of thought into the colours and how to tie them to the land of the rising sun.
  • 4 1
 1. The Norco 2. The Liv 3. The Scott Just my two cents... Every one of them look super fast and good luck to all the athletes!
  • 5 0
 It has to be the leaves on the Norco for me. Looks so good.
  • 5 0
 I've never seen an "American Eagle " bike in...America!
  • 3 0
 They are all in Atlanta, duh!
  • 1 0
 Ironically enough they do not ship the to the USA. Everywhere in the world, except America, including Atlanta.. Silly stuff.
  • 4 1
 Man these are pretty disappointing to be honest… The custom bikes manufacturers do up for DH Worlds are way better than any of these!!
  • 1 0
 Actually it looks easy to disguise a planetary pinions system inside a shock to make the bike transform the vertical movement of the suspension to a help to make the cranks spin. Maybe they should double check those carbon frames hahaha
  • 1 0
 If that's true it hasn't worked so far.
  • 3 0
 I already thought the Revolver was the nicest looking bike on the UCI circuit, but the leaves just make it that much better. The Mondrakers are not far behind.
  • 2 0
 You can easily tell which companies created pain for their own commercial gain, compared to those who really took the opportunity to honour their athletes who are showcasing them on the global world-stage.
  • 1 0
 Although highly impractical, I think it would have been cool for each country to have a designated manufacturer for all of their bikes. For example, Norco does every single Canadian athlete’s bike, Trek does every American, BMC every Swiss bike, etc.
  • 1 0
 The riders would have an outright rebellion.
  • 3 0
 Fox is giving Sram a big gold middle finger by supplying a Kashima fleshlight on the Trek Supercalibers
  • 2 1
 Scott dropped the ball hard on this. You KNOW Nino and Kate were disappointed that their Olympic bikes in no way reflect their countries. Trek too. Great job Norco and Mondraker!
  • 2 0
 What... No Specialized? There has to be someone on a Specialized. They were all the rage last Olympics with their impossible to miss orange bikes.
  • 2 0
 @Sscottt A bunch are but nothing yet. Jenny Rissveds, Haley Batten, Sini Frei, Laura Stigger, Catherine Pendrel, Jordan Sarrou & Christopher Blevins that I know of. Specialized recently released the Speed of Light Collection which is pretty wild but makes no reference to the Olympics in the campaign.
  • 3 0
 Holly hell... Anne Terpstra's Ghost is unbelievable!
  • 3 0
 When are we going to see Huck to Flats with these?
  • 1 0
 Those Mondraker's look pretty good except for the one with the blue fork. I suspect that's just because of inventory issues, though.
  • 1 0
 I wonder how good / bad that Trinx really is compared to the others. Only normally see stuff like this on the MTBR China threads and
  • 2 0
trek; our shock has girth AND length
  • 2 2
 Someone forgot to tell Kate Courtney that American bikes are supposed to have more red, white and blue stripes than Captain America. It’s like the rules.
  • 2 0
 Where is all the expected new Shimano tech?
  • 1 0
 Trinx makes cheap bicycles in Taiwan.It's hard to think that this company can make such a beautiful MTB.
  • 2 0
 Fun fact, Czech's representant riding on polish brand x)
  • 3 1
 The norcos won this one. EASILY.
  • 2 0
 BMC for the win in the men's race
  • 2 0
 That Ghost wins it for me.
  • 2 0
 Of course the Australian handlebars are upside down
  • 2 0
 Ghost and the Trek for me.
  • 1 0
 Can't have DH in case it rained half way through. Olympics have to have a level playing field
  • 1 0
 Wow I can’t believe that some will ride hard tails on that course.
  • 2 1
 Ghost is the only bike with modern geo comparing to remaining group;
  • 1 0
 Rockshox predominate or the sample is skewed.
  • 1 0
 MMR and spanish Mondrakers are my favs
  • 1 0
 why no pics of the BMX :'(
  • 1 0
 The Scott’s are such a great looking bike!
  • 1 0
 trek's colors look like a (matlab) heat map color scheme.
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  • 1 0
 Gorgeous paint jobs!
  • 1 0
 Kudos, Trek!
  • 1 0
 Flex stays on all bikes?
  • 1 4
 That Nino kid might as well attach his bars to his front brake caliper. Looks ridiculous.
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