Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 Fuji Altamira SL VIDEO REVIEW — Light Race-Ready Ride That's Great On Climbs

Why ride up the mountains when you can float up them on the 2015 Fuji Altamira SL

Ultra-lightweight, all-around competition platform that excels on the climbs.

Fuji outfitted this bike to be ready for climbing and racing straight out of the box. Every component was carefully thought out to deliver minimal weight and maximum performance. The Oval Concepts 724 aero alloy clinchers are lightweight, and offer superior braking performance. Fuji used their top level 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.

The Oval 910SL handlebars, Oval 960 seatpost and Oval 900 saddle all feature full carbon fiber construction to shed excess grams and increase comfort and performance.

 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.

ABOUT SRAM RED 22: SRAM Red 22, with True 22 technology, is SRAM's best groupset yet. With the incredible YAW front derailleur, which revolutionized front shifting. Red 22 uses True 22 technology to eliminate the possibility of chainrub, even with the wider 11-speed sprocket.

The shifters and rear derailleur also have the latest iterations of ZeroLoss and Exact Actuation shifting so the chain moves smoothly across the cassette, even with the addition of the 11th cog--something that previous 11-speed groups have struggled to do. Lastly, the crankset is stiffer and lighter than ever before. In fact, Red 22 is claimed to be the lightest groupset on the market, and after picking up one of the cranksets, we believe it.

The Altamira is a climbing machine, light and nimble, it makes going uphill as good as it gets; Even beyond the engineered physical attributes of this bike, the sheer lightness of it will make you climb better. Climbing specialists will love it, as will the gravitationally challenged. If you regularly ride a bike of say 7.7kgs, try lugging 1.5kgs of extra weight next time you ride and see what it feels like when you offload! Making the move to such a lightweight machine will surprise you.


Bottom Bracket:SRAM Red, press-fit, BB86, ceramic bearing
Brakes: SRAM Red
Cassette: SRAM Red PowerDome, 11-26T, 11-speed
Chain: KMC X11SL Ni-Ti plated, 11-speed
Crankset: SRAM Red22 carbon, 53/39T
Fork: FC-330 carbon monocoque w/ tapered carbon steerer & carbon dropout
Frame: C15 ultra high-modulus carbon w/ High Compaction Molding System, integrated head tube w/ 1 1/2" lower, oversized PIIS BB86 shell, double water bottle mounts
Front Derailleur: SRAM Red22, braze-on mount
Grips/Tape: Oval Concepts 300, padded suede
Handlebar: Oval Concepts R910SL, carbon, 31.8mm
Headset: FSA, 1 1/8" upper - 1 1/2" lower, integratedw/ carbon top cover
Levers: SRAM Red22 ErgoDynamic
Pedals: None
Rack Mounts: None
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red22, 11-speed
Saddle: Oval Concepts R900 w/ carbon rails
Seatpost: Oval Concepts 960, full carbon, 31.6mm, double-bolt micro-adjust
Shifters: SRAM Red22, ErgoDynamic, 11-speed
Stem: Oval Concepts 913, carbon matrix 3D-forged 7050 alloy, 31.8mm, +/- 6°
Tires: Vittoria Open Corsa CX, 700 x 23, 320 tpi
Wheelset: Oval 724 aero alloy clincher, tubeless ready, 20 / 27h

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5506 Madison Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 786-9244

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