2013 Fuji Altamira SL Road BikeIt takes a lot to stand out from the crowd and take home one of Bicycling Magazine's Best New Road Bikes awards, but that's just what Fuji did with the Altamira SL road bike. Not content to rest on their laurels, Fuji took the Grand Tour winning Altamira and shaved every possible square gram they could without sacrificing safety or performance. The result is a bike that is claimed to weigh in at right around 13.8 pounds, which is just about one pound under the UCI legal race limit. So how did they do it? We'll tell you.
Fuji started off by looking at the Altamira frame, and made a few adjustments. They created it using C15 carbon fiber, and their revolutionary high compaction molding process. What this new process does is basically eliminate wrinkles and squeeze out every spare drop of epoxy. This makes for a denser, more consistent and lighter weight carbon layup than is usually found on bikes. They also looked at tube shape and thickness, tapering the top tube near the seat tube junction to save weight in low-stress areas. But this isn't some willowy, flimsy bike. The BB86 bottom bracket shell and oversized 1-1/8" -- 1-1/2" headtube give rigidity and mass to areas that need extra material and reinforcement. The Fork is a FC-330 carbon monocoque with an oversized, tapered full carbon steer tube for optimal stiffness and handling. The rake provides a level of handling that is impressively responsive without being twitchy or pushing you to the limits of comfort.
The bike is equipped with SRAM's amazingly light 2013 Red 10-speed group. This is one of the lightest groups ever produced, delivers uncompromising performance that can deliver you to the top of the podium. The Red ErgoDynamic shifters are a thing of beauty. While they left the flawlessly functioning DoubleTap internals untouched , SRAM's relentless pursuit of enhanced ergonomics resulted in a set of shifters that integrate seamlessly with the rider's anatomy. With a textured hood, independently adjustable front and rear lever reach, a smaller body with narrower grip profile and a larger ErgoBlade carbon lever for easier shifting from the drops, the new SRAM Red DoubleTap ErgoDynamic Shifters make gear changes smooth, effortless and incredibly comfortable.
The front and rear derailleurs make shifting feel like a dream, and deliver crisp, accurate action with every lever throw. The rear derailleur features Exact Actuation technology for precise, efficient shifting, a hollow titanium anchor bolt and a jockey wheel with refined tooth geometry. It's smooth, precise, and quiet for the ultimate shifting experience. The front derailleur though is where 2013 SRAM Red really earned it's accolades. When it comes to maintaining the integrity of the chain/chainring interface, the 2012 SRAM Red Yaw front derailleur is a game-changer. Not only does the derailleur cage move back and forth, it also rotates, maintaining a precise angular relationship with the chain. That means faster. smoother, more precise shifts every time, eliminating the need for trimming. And to seal the deal, SRAM engineers even incorporated an integrated chain keeper into their elegant design. Adding minimal weight and tons of peace of mind, the ingenious little paddle-like device ensures that the only thing you'll be dropping is your buddies as you're sprinting for the county line.
The SRAM ExoGram crankset features remarkable X Glide R chainrings optimized for use with the YAW Technology found in SRAM's new Red front derailleur. Plus, it's lighter, stronger and stiffer than its predecessor (according to SRAM, the new Red crankset has an even higher stiffness-to-weight ratio than Shimano's Dura-Ace crankset).
To deliver on their promise of a SuperLight bike though, Fuji had to do more than just find a lightweight groupset and pioneer a new carbon layup process. They needed wheels that could leave some grams on the table while still being stiff and lightweight. They turned to their partners at Oval to create a pair of ultra lightweight full carbon tubular wheels that weigh in at a scant 1330g for the pair. Equipped with Vittoria Evo Corsa tubular tires, this is one of the lightest wheelsets you'll tire spec'ed on a bike anywhere.
Rounding out the package are a pair of Oval carbon fiber handle bars, an Oval carbon fiber seatpost, and a lightweight alloy stem.
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2013 Fuji Altamira SL Road Bike
- bottom bracket:
- SRAM Red press-fit BB86 ceramic bearing
- SRAM Red
- SRAM Red PowerDome, 11-25T, 10-speed
- KMC X10SL Ni-Ti plated, 10-speed
- SRAM Red, 53/39T
- FC-330 carbon monocoque with tapered carbon steerer and carbon dropout
- C15 ultra high-modulus carbon with High Compaction Molding System, integrated head tube w/ 1 1/2" lower, oversized PIIS BB86 shell, oversized chainstays, carbon dropout with replaceable hanger
- front derailleur:
- SRAM Red, braze-on mount
- Oval 300 suede-padded tape
- Oval R910SL carbon, 31.8mm
- FSA Orbit C-40, 1 1/8" upper - 1 1/2" lower, integrated with carbon top cover
- SRAM Red ErgoDynamic, 20-speed
- rack mounts:
- rear derailleur:
- SRAM Red, 10-speed
- Oval R900 w/ carbon rails
- Oval 910, carbon 31.6mm x 350mm
- SRAM Red ErgoDynamic, 20-speed
- Oval 713 3D-forged 7050 alloy, 31.8mm, +/- 6 degrees
- Vittoria Corsa Evo SC, 320 tpi, 700c x 22mm, tubular
- Oval W932, full-carbon tubular, 32mm rim - 700c
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