Fuji SLM 1.3 29er Mountain Bike - 2016
Save $740.03 (16%) $3,999.97 MSRP $4,740.00
Dirt Rag called the redesigned SLM, Fuji's premium XC carbon hardtail, "a thoroughbred in every sense of the word, from its sub-1,000 gram race-geometry carbon-fiber frame to the crème de la crème components attached thereto." C15, Fuji's ultra-light, high-modulus carbon, is their premium designation for their top-of-the-line bikes. C15 has a density of 1.8g/cm3 and a tensile strength of 590 kg/mm2. Add that to the High Compaction process, which uses unique internal molds to help eliminate wrinkles and maximize resin flow to gain greater compaction, and you've got one of the lightest high-performance bikes in the world. In 2014, the SLM was completely redesigned to be even lighter and better-handling, with its geometry revamped to emphasize speed and power above all: a short wheelbase with exceptionally short chainstays to slice through tight singletrack, paired with a long and low top tube and short head tube for an aggressive rider position.
The oversized tapered head tube meets the top tube and downtube in a massive junction to keep the front end stiff for precise steering control -- confidence-inspiring when cornering at high speeds. The uniquely shaped, oversized downtube amplifies torsional stiffness and maximizes power transfer. The SLM features an Oval Concepts M600 series aluminum crank with a 35mm spindle -- the largest diameter BB spindle in the industry -- that offers the optimum combination of light weight and stiffness to make every pedal rotation count; the crank also features Praxis Works aluminum, cold-forged chainrings that offer more shifting options and are lighter and stronger than CNC'd chainrings. 430mm hyper-short, asymmetrical chainstays -- among the shortest in the industry -- supply superior efficiency and nimble handling, especially on tight singletrack. Chainstay-mounted rear brake caliper positions the rear brake in the ideal position between the two stays out of the way, minimizing the torsional forces of the rear wheel while braking. Finally, a 142 x 12mm rear thru axle securely joins the hub to the frame, strengthening lateral stiffness in the rear triangle for improved pedaling efficiency.
The SLM 1.3 is built up with a myriad number of beautiful parts and components. A SRAM XO1 11-speed drivetrain is perfect for nearly any XC course. A 32-tooth Oval Concepts crank is matched to a 10/42 SRAM XG-1195 11-speed cassette to conquer brutal climbs and harrowing descents alike. Finally, a blisteringly-quick set of DT Swiss X1700 Spline Two wheels with Schwalbe Thunder Burt tubeless ready tires make short work of tight and twisty singletrack.