Fuji SL Elite Road Bike - 2017
Every serious rider dreams of lowering their bikes weight to the point where jaws drop. Trouble is that you usually need to buy a great bike and then spend thousands of dollars on upgrades. This is not the case with the Fuji SL Elite. Right out of the box, the SL Elite is just about as perfect as it gets. Premium finishes, Fuji's premier C15 carbon frame, SRAM Red eTap components, Ritchey Superlogic parts, and featherweight Reynolds RZR 46 carbon tubular wheels have this bike hitting the pavement at a claimed weight of 11.39 lbs.
The Fuji SL Elite is an ultralight superbike with improved comfort and stiffness to create the ultimate road machine. 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 C15 high modulus carbon construction is about as stiff as you would ever want a bike to be, 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. Plus, the SL clears a 28mm tire (depending on the brand), so you can throw on some cushier rubber for the ultimate in smooth sailing comfort.
The SL Elite is equipped with the highly refined and ultra-powerful SRAM Red eTap 11-speed drivetrain. A mid-compact 52/36 crankset and SRAM Red 11-28 cassette provides the perfect range to mash out a sprint, grind out a climb, or ride tempo. Reynolds RZR 46 carbon tubular wheels with Vittoria Chrono CS 22c wide tires scorch the pavement and a set of EE Cycleworks brakes keep you in control of every hairpin turn.
Bottom Bracket:SRAM RED, PF30, ceramic bearing
Cassette:SRAM RED XG-1190, 11-28T
Chain:SRAM RED, 11-speed w/ PowerLock
Crankset:SRAM RED 22 carbon, 52/36T
Fork:FC-330 carbon monocoque w/ tapered carbon steerer & carbon dropout
Frame:C15 ultra high-modulus carbon w/ High Compaction molding, integrated head tube w/ 1 1/2" lower, PF30 BB, double water bottle mounts, oversized chainstays, carbon dropout w/ replaceable hanger
Front Derailleur:SRAM RED eTAP, braze-on mount
Grips/Tape:Oval Concepts 300 bar tape, suede
Handlebar:Oval Concepts 910SL Ergo, carbon, 31.8mm clamp, 133mm drop, 4° sweep
Headset:FSA Super Lite, 1 1/8" upper - 1 1/2" lower, integrated w/ carbon top cover
Levers:SRAM RED eTAP, ErgoDynamic, 11-speed
Rear Derailleur:SRAM RED eTAP, 11-speed
Saddle:Ritchey SuperLogic Vector Evo Streem
Seatpost:Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon Link FlexLogic, 27.2mm
Shifters:SRAM RED eTAP, ErgoDynamic, 11-speed
Stem:Oval Concepts 777SL, 3D-forged & internally machined stem body, +/-7°
Tires:Vittoria Chrono CS 28 x 22mm tubular
Wheelset:Reynolds RZR 46 carbon tubular