2013 Fuji Altamira 2.1 Road BikeFuji's flagship Altamira series is the ultimate result of the company's famed, intensive R&D process and history of testing with pro athletes. With the 2013 model year, they've put everything they've learned from Grand Tour victories, classics and pro-level stage races to work, and the end result is a bike like the 2013 Fuji Altamira 2.1 road bike.
The Altamira is usually considered a climber's bike, but that's not necessarily true. This is a true all-around performance machine, designed for the sprint finish as much as the 18% grade. The Altamira 2.1 is a competiton-level frame, made with c5 high modulus carbon fiber that delivers a springy, yet stiff fiber blend that feels both lively under the pedals and forgiving on rough roads. The tubing is shaped for maximum efficiency, with the tubes becoming beefier in highs tress areas like the head tube, down tube and bottom bracket to maintain stiffness, and thinner in areas like the seat stays and the seat tube-top tube junction. The large BB86 bottom bracket shell adds notable stiffness to the frame, and the massive oversized tapered headtube (1-1/8" upper, 1-1/2" lower) ensures that the front end is stiff enough to handle almost any amount of torque. The full carbon fork has been designed for speed and deft handling, with a tight, responsive rake that helps you hug the corners without feeling twitchy or out of control.
The big star of the show though is the amazing Campagnolo Athena EPS 11-speed electronic gruppo. Campagnolo has a reputation for innovation and quality that runs almost as deeply as their Italian roots. Every bit of R&D and all the manufacturing, much of it by hand, is done at their factory in Vicenza, Italy. Campagnolo was the first to market with 11-speed and has spent the past few years refining the technology to perfection. They've also spent the better part of two decades creating their EPS electronic groups, and it shows. They first released and honed EPS in their superlative Super Record and Record EPS gruppos before trickling the technology down to Athena. But this is no bargain basement gruppo. The only significant changes from Super Record to Athena are the substitutions of stratospherically expensive carbon fiber, titanium and ceramic for more affordable materials. Every detail of Athena EPS shows careful thought, the looks demonstrate Campy's deep respect for beautiful objects, and the performance is second to none.
Let's start with the shifters. Campagnolo has always been noted for the seemingly effortless comfort of their shifters, and the Athena EPS series is no exception. Ergonomically, they're the same as Super Record, with the hoods that fit easily into your hand, the ergonomic curve at the top that provides a sure and comfortable grip, and the well thought out lever placement. Shifting is still done via a thumb lever for upshift and a paddle for downshift, but the insides are all electronic. All that's required to execute a shift is a quick tap of the lever, and you instantly shift gears. There's no wire tension to adjust, no forceful lever throws--just a quick and easy tap of a button for crisp, accurate shifting that will make you wonder how you rode a bike before this technology came along. The Athena EPS shifters also give you the remarkable ability to shift 11 cogs in one shift, by simply holding the lever down. This game changing advancement, exclusive to Campagnolo EPS, makes it easy to sweep all or part of the cassette as you ramp up for a climb or prepare to stomp on the pedals for a sprint. The brake levers are alloy and the shift levers plastic, which helps keep costs down and improves durability in the event of a crash.
The front and rear derailleurs are both powered by servo motors instead of cable actuation, and the results are revolutionary on both fronts. Servos are inherently more powerful and accurate than wire tension, so it's possible to do things with electronic derailleurs that are not with mechanical ones. The rear derailleur, as mentioned above, is capable of sweeping all or part of the cassette in a single shift, and the front derailleur automatically trims itself with every shift, front or rear, to completely eliminate chain rub. With EPS technology, it also becomes possible to shift under power, so even while climbing, within reason, you can shift the front chainrings.
The Athena brakes are crafted with Campagnolo's skeleton concept. These brakes are an excellent combination of lightweight performance and stiffness. The arms are crated for enhanced strength so they won't flex during braking, and deliver impressive modulation. The hollowed out, skeletonized design sheds plenty of weight and adds to the impressive good looks of this gruppo overall. The truly interesting thing about them though is the differential braking power. The front brake is a dual pivot design that delivers most of your stopping power where you truly need it. The rear brake uses a less powerful mono-pivot design that saves you about 30 extra grams and improves braking performance.
The Altamira 2.1 comes equipped with a high performance Rotor 3DF crankset, which the engineers at Fuji felt provided a better fit in the PIIS BB86 bottom bracket shell with fewer performance sacrifices or complicated adaptors. This crankset is made with super-stiff 3D forged arms with an integrated spider, and 11-speed chainrings that provide optimal shifting performance. It comes equipped with compact 50/34 gearing that turns this bike into a true, all-around climbing machine that's as at home on race day as it is taking a spin down your favorite country road after work.
The package is rounded out with superior Oval stem, handlebars, seatpost, saddle and wheels. The handlebars, stem and are high-strength, lightweight alloy that delivers a good mix of performance and comfort, while the seatpost is carbon fiber to shed some grams and take the sting out of the road. The Oval W535 alloy clinchers are the same as those found on the pro-level Altamira 1-series, and they deliver pro-level performance. They're lightweight, stiff and offer superior braking control.
If you're looking for a bike with a pro-level feel, industry-leading, cutting edge electronic shifting and timeless style to match, then the 2013 Altamira 2.1 is the bike for you.
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2013 Fuji Altamira 2.1 Road Bike
- bottom bracket:
- Rotor press-fit BB86-30 sealed bearing
- Campagnolo Athena
- Campagnolo Athena, 11-25T, 11-speed
- KMC X11, 11-speed
- Rotor 3DF, 50/34T
- FC-440 carbon with tapered carbon steerer and carbon dropout
- C5 high-modulus carbon, integrated head tube with 1 1/2" lower, oversized PIIS BB86 shell, replaceable derailleur hanger, carbon drop outs
- front derailleur:
- Campagnolo Athena EPS, 11-speed
- Oval 300 suede-padded tape
- Oval 310 butted 6061 alloy, 31.8mm
- FSA Orbit C-40, 1 1/8" upper - 1 1/2" lower, integrated
- Campagnolo Athena ErgoPower EPS, 22-speed
- rack mounts:
- rear derailleur:
- Campagnolo Athena EPS, 11-speed
- Oval R700 w/ CrMo-Ti hollow rails
- Oval 905, carbon 31.6mm x 350mm
- Campagnolo Athena ErgoPower EPS, 22-speed
- Oval 713 3D-forged 7050 alloy, 31.8mm, +/- 6 degrees
- Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick, 60 tpi, 700c x 23mm, folding
- Oval W535 alloy clincher, 35mm rim - 700c
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