Fuji SL 1.5 Road Bike - 2016
Save $2,240.03 (47%) $2,499.97 MSRP $4,740.00
The SL 1.5 may look outwardly similar to the Grand Tour-winning Altamira, but under the hood everything has been updated, revised, and improved. Fuji's High Compaction Molding System has been honed and perfected over the years to create the stiffest possible frame with the least amount of material. By ensuring that the carbon sheets are free of wrinkles, and the resin has been evenly applied, the engineers can make the bike stiffer and lighter, with less variation in the carbon. The C15 high modulous carbon carbon construction is about as stiff as you would ever want a bike to be, and, when coupled with a PF30 bottom bracket and tapered headtube, will transfer just about every watt in your pedal stroke into forward motion. In the rear, Fuji kept the pencil thin seatstays we all loved on the Altamira, adding some compliance to the frame for a smoother ride, but switched from a 31.6mm seatpost to a 27.2mm, adding in a little more forgiveness for bad roads and shedding some weight. Oh, and you wanted to know about tire clearance? The SL now clears a 28mm tire (depending on the brand), so you can throw on some cushier rubber for the ultimate in smooth sailing comfort.
But the Fuji SL story isn't just about having a great frame. Fuji is known for spec'ing great parts on their bikes to help riders squeeze out every possible watt of performance. Shifting duties are handled by Shimano's superlative Dura-Ace 9000 groupset, a revolution in mechanical shifting. 9000 is more than just a refinement of the previous 10-speed 7900 gear, but has been completely redesigned to deliver the best that mechanical 11-speed has to offer. With improved ergonomics, a redesigned and more powerful front derailleur, and the distinctive 4-arm crankset, Shimano has made sure that Dura-Ace 9000 is more than enough to put you on the top of the podium, or beat your previous PR's.
The SL 1.5 rolls on a set of Oval Concepts 733 aero alloy clinchers. These wheels are deceivingly lightweight and tubeless ready, so you get the full benefit of all the latest trends in wheel design in a great package. Rounding out the build is an Oval Concepts R950 carbon seatpost and R700 saddle to bring the weight down further. Up front, Oval Concepts provides a 707 aluminum stem and an R910 carbon fiber handlebar to keep the weight down and the stiffness up. The bike roles on a set of premium Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x25 clinchers that are deliver a supple, smooth ride quality that you expect from Italian tires.
- C15 high compaction, high modulous carbon fiber frame and fork are stiff, lightweight, and designed to fly up the mountains
- Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 groupset for the highest level of shifting technology available
- Oval Concepts 724 aero clinchers are light, fast, and tubeless ready
- Super premium Vittoria Open Corsa CX 700x25 clincher tires
- Lightweight and high quality finishing kit from Oval Concepts