Fuji SL 2.5 Road Bike - 2016
Save $650.03 (33%) $1,349.97 MSRP $2,000.00
The SL 2.5 may look outwardly similar to the Grand Tour-winning Altamira, but under the hood everything has been updated, revised, and improved. Painted up in Pro Team livery colors, the Team Replica can give you the feeling of riding along with your favorite pro riders. 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 C10 high modulous carbon carbon construction provides a great mix of stiffness and compliance, 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 105 5800 groupset, a revolution in mechanical shifting. 5800 is quickly becoming one of the most popular groupsets in the world, thanks to it's ability to deliver up all the best features of Shimano's higher level 11-speed groups, but at a fraction of the price, making it more friendly to the budget minded cyclist. With improved ergonomics, a redesigned and more powerful front derailleur, Shimano has made sure that 105 5800 is more than enough to race, ride, and get get the most out of your bike.
The SL 2.5 rolls on a set of Oval Concepts 327 aero alloy clinchers. These wheels are very light, extremely durable, and incorporate a wider rim profile, so you get the full benefit of all the latest trends in wheel design in a great package. Rounding out the build is an alloy cockpit, carbon wrapped seatpost, and hollow rail saddle. The bike roles on a set of super premium Vera Terra DPD22 clinchers that are deliver a supple, smooth ride quality that you expect from Italian tires.