Strengths: Amazing frame with it's handling, smooth ride, and stiffness out of the saddle! Dura Ace is hard to complain about. AMAZINGLY light.
Weaknesses: Wheelset isn't bad, but isn't amazing. I'd recommend upgrading it and saving the Oval for training instead of racing. They're durable, but no Mavic Ksyrium SL.
This frame is a keeper. I don't find it as aggressive as many crit racers with handling, but it's certainly no Grand Fondo or Roubaix. The price is quite competitive, and other bikes with this level of components are typically a few thousand more.
Strengths: Stiff, light, tracks like a banshee, instantly responsive, fantastic looks.
Weaknesses: If you are a lighter rider (like me) it can feel too stiff on long rides. Stock wheels are a bit heavy.
Hands down best bike I've owned. Best bang for the buck as well. I've owned Trek, Lemond, Specialized, Cervelo, and custom carbon bikes. This beats them all. First thing I noticed is how stiff bike was. I'm a small rider <130 lbs and this is on the verge of being too stiff for me. I feel most bumps in the road, but the tradeoff is instant acceleration and superb handling. Bike looks fantastic with the color coordination as well, being as my team's kit colors and black and yellow. Oval Concepts components are equivalent to FSA top of the line stuff. Oval brakes are a bit finicky on set-up, but have amazing stopping power, better than the SRAM red and TRP options I was using before. Wheels are on the heavy side, but are aero and carry speed well. If doing any serious climbing, I recommend a lightweight wheel option. Even with the heavy wheels, bike is still in the 15.5 lb range. I can easily shed a pound on wheels alone. Where I noticed the biggest difference is in seated power. That's partly due to the frame and also the Rotor 3D+ crank that came stock. Since getting the bike, I can now lead out a field sprint at 38-40mph, seated. Standing, I have yet to lose a sprint on this bike. I have been using SRAM for the last 4 years, so was reluctant to go back to Shimano, even if it was DA. I don't regret that now. DA gruppo has improved significantly since I last used it and I adapted almost immediately. If you want a fast bike that is below the price point of almost every other bike on the market with these components, I highly recommend this bike.
I wanted to get opinions on either purchasing a 2013 Fuji SST 2.1 or waiting for a new 2014 Altamira either the 2.3 or 2.5. Any suggestions on the three bikes and thoughts about the differences between the three?
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I recently test rode an Altamira 2.0 55cm bike - liked it, but thought it was too long/I was too stretched out. The dealer didn't have a 53cm in stock to try, so he ordered in a 2013 2.2 (with UDi2 for a fantastic price) - but I'm now confused after reading the geometry charts. I see effe ... Read More »
I'm new to these forums - so apologies if I'm posting in the wrong thread! I was considering posting on either the Fuji or Cervelo boards, but figured I'd get a biased answer... And didnt want to post two new threads!
Anyway, I've been doing test rides for the laste 3 months on carbon ... Read More »
Been riding a few times borrowing a friends bike, so time to buy one of my own.
I found what I think is a killer deal on a 2012 Fuji Altamira 3.0, but with the frame from an Altamira 1.0. The dealer damaged the frame in the shop and had to order a replacement. The 3.0 frame was on backorder so Fuji ... Read More »
I currently have a 2008 Trek Madone 4.5 in size 54 (this bike fits me well). I am looking at the current offerings from Fuji and will be ordering online. This means that I will not be able to ride / size the bike in person. My Trek fits me great - I'm 5'7" and have 31 / 32 inch inseam. The larges ... Read More »