Fuji Gran Fondo 2.5 Disc Road Bike - 2016
Using a longer head tube than a traditional race bike, about 10mm on a 55cm frame, the Gran Fondo creates a slightly more upright rider position in order to stave off upper body fatigue on longer rides. The Gran Fondo frame is made from a high modulus carbon blend. High modulus is an engineering term which defines stiffness in fibers. Therefore, a high modulus frame has a stiffer blend of fibers which results in less flex and better transmission of power spent. Carbon fiber, used for much of its modern life in the aerospace industry, is a valuable high performance product for its lightweight, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion properties. The new Gran Fondo Disc frames also feature Fuji's revolutionary VRTec frame design. In a nutshell, VRTec inserts a natural vibration dampening material into the carbon layup in key areas to improve rider comfort without impacting performance. Fuji studied how road feedback impacts rider fatigue, and realized that the fork, chainstrays and seatstays were the main transmitters of road chatter to the rider's body. To combat this, Fuji incorporated VRTec into the carbon layup in these key areas to maximize comfort, which in turn maximizes performance. The carbon frame is further refined with a Shimano press fit bottom bracket and tapered head tube. An oversized bottom bracket creates more surface area to attach the down and seat tubes, thereby creating a very stiff pedaling area. The larger press fit design also allows Fuji to move the frame material around, thinning out the seat stays and strengthening the chain stays, which puts the carbon where it matters to you most. The tapered head tube stiffens the front end of the bike for better power transmission.
Do you like precision? How about low weight and ergonomics? Good, we do too. That's why Shimano's 105 11-speed components were the natural choice for the Gran Fondo 2.5 Disc. Gorgeous cosmetic finishes, incredible precision and perfect functionality; it's all here. And, with a compact Shimano 105 crankset matched to a 105 11/28 11-speed cassette, the 2.5 Disc can handle just about any ascent or descent on said epic ride. However, we all know that a wheel set can make or break any ride, no matter its length. The low spoke count Vera Corsa DPD22's spin up fast and furious, and thanks to the Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick tires, they delivering maximum acceleration in and out of every corner. Add in the durable finish and performance of an Oval Concepts handlebar, stem, seat post and saddle, and you have a Gran Fondo capable of leading the way to any weekend adventure.
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- Full carbon Fuji carbon C5 frame with a press fit 30 bottom bracket and full carbon fork delivers maximum performance and supreme comfort
- A Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain, including 105 compact cranks, and TRP Spyre twin piston mechanical disc brakes highlight this rig capable of even the most grueling event or weekend ride
- Vera Corsa DPD22 alloy clinchers with Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick tires make the most out of every pedal revolution