Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2016 Fuji SL Teaser Video and Tech Specs - Claimed Frame Weight of 695g

2016 Fuji SL Super-light Climber's Bike - 19 Percent Lighter Than Ever Before

The Fuji SL was born out of the quest to create one of the lightest bikes in the world by building off our grand tour-winning design and introducing technology that shattered expectations of what’s possible. When meticulously evaluating where one tenth of a gram can be shaved, smart things happen.

Claimed Frame Weight: 695g

Not only is the SL significantly lighter, it’s significantly stiffer: 9% stiffer in the head tube, 11% stiffer in the bottom bracket, and 18% stiffer in the fork (than our Altamira) for maximum efficiency and superior handling.

How Did They Make It So Light?

The SL’s frame is manufactured using a process introduced with the Altamira in 2013 called “High Compaction” moulding, which combines internal and external moulds to produce a product that’s as finished on the inside as it is on the outside. This avoids the unnecessary addition of weight, and distributes resin more evenly during manufacturing, producing the strongest possible frame.

While the Altamira features eight bonded joints, the SL uses only four; the more bonding joints you eliminate, the stronger and lighter the frame becomes – as redundant material is removed and you’re utilizing carbon’s strongest properties of continuity. The SL’s seatstays and chainstays are molded into just two, hollowed pieces, including the dropouts – shaving grams and increasing strength. These reductions play a big role in why the SL is a remarkable 237 grams lighter than the Altamira – nearly double the weight savings most brands boast of their next generation road bike.

What About Stiffness?

A lightweight frame alone won’t get you up the mountain. The frame needs to be stiff to ensure every pedal stroke and every ounce of energy is efficiently translated into propelling the bike forward. The SL’s downtube is uniquely octagonal in shape, featuring flattened sections of ultra high-tensile strength carbon that is compromised if not used in flat orientations; the seat tube, top tube, and fork also feature flattened sections of high-tensile strength carbon, which maximize lateral stiffness.

The fork has a reinforcing rib – a patented technology from Fuji’s carbon manufacturer called Reinforced I-Beam or RIB technology – that runs the length of the fork blades, amplifying stiffness for razor-sharp steering precision.

The frame uses a PF30 bottom bracket, which further improves power transfer by allowing for the use of larger diameter, lighter, and stiffer alloy axles.

When climbing the world’s steepest gradients, the lighter the bike, the faster the rider conquers his mountain. And when meticulously evaluating where one tenth of a gram can be shaved, smart things happen.

The latest evolution of our road lineup uses some of our most successful technologies – High Compaction and RIB Technology – in new, unique ways, while utilizing brand-new innovations such as an octagonal downtube constructed of ultra high-strength carbon, injection-molded cable stops, and a frame with only four bonded joints.

The SL was cleverly and skillfully engineered to ensure the lightest, stiffest frame possible – a machine WORTH THE WEIGHT.

MAIN FRAME C15 ultra high-modulus carbon w/ High Compaction Molding System, integrated head tube w/ 1 1/2" lower, oversized press fit BB30 shell, double water bottle mounts
REAR TRIANGLE C15 ultra high-modulus carbon thin seatstays, oversized chainstays, carbon dropout w/ replaceable hanger
FORK FC-330 carbon monocoque w/ tapered carbon steerer & carbon dropout
CRANKSET      SRAM Red22 carbon, 53/39T
BOTTOM BRACKET      SRAM Red, press-fit BB30, ceramic bearing
FRONT DERAILLEUR SRAM Red22, braze-on mount
REAR DERAILLEUR        SRAM Red22, 11-speed
SHIFTERS SRAM Red22, ErgoDynamic, 11-speed
CASSETTE SRAM Red XG-1190, 11-26T
CHAIN KMC X11SL Ni-Ti plated, 11-speed
WHEELSET Reynolds RZR 46 carbon tubular
TIRES Vittoria Chrono CS 28 x 22mm tubular
BRAKE SET      EE Cycleworks eebrake
BRAKE LEVERS      SRAM Red22 ErgoDynamic
HEADSET FSA Super Lite, 1 1/8" upper - 1 1/2" lower, integrated w/ carbon top cover
HANDLEBAR Oval Concepts R910SL, carbon, 31.8mm
STEM Oval Concepts 777SL, 3D-forged 7050 alloy, 31.8mm, +/- 7°
TAPE/GRIP Oval Concepts 300, padded suede
SADDLE Ritchey SuperLogic Vector Evo
SEAT POST Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon Vector Evo, 27.2mm
WEIGHT, LB./KG. 10.91lbs. / 4.96kg.

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Indianapolis, IN 46227
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