Strengths: Weight, lack of harshness, dependable components, price.
Weaknesses: Cost-saving on the saddle, stem, and wheelset added some weight.
Found a 2003 Team (Pro Series) with the aluminum frame, all-carbon fork, and aluminum/carbon stays. It has been upgraded to Shimano 6700 crankset and Dura Ace C24 tires, and a shorter, lighter stem, the saddle was swapped for a Race Light from a Madone. Tires are now Vredestien TriComps.
With the lighter components, stiffer crankset, and holy cow wheelset, the bike rides like many costing double the MSRP, maybe even triple. It's a better lightweight than my Kestrel 200SCi, more responsive then the Kestrel RT-700 I just sold, and much more agile than my pair of Ironman bikes or my Cinelli. After my Cinelli, my best bike.
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2012
Strengths: Dependable smooth ride for hours of riding
After spending a week in France on a 2012 Trek Madone, I can now honestly say I made a great choice when I bought my 2009 Fuji Team! I didn't find any difference in the two bikes (even though the trek was 3 years newer). The ride was the same and the fuji was a substantial $$ savings. It had been 20 years since I bought my last road bike so I didn't have much to compare it to on my parking lot test drive, but I loved it the moment I tried it and have always thought I got a great deal for such a nice bike. Now I'm sure I did. I highly recommend this bike, you will save at least a grand for the same great bike!
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2011
Strengths: Nice components without requiring alot of "upgrades" to make it a more comfortable/faster ride. Reasonably priced (if it had held together).
Weaknesses: Cracked frame during race. Wasn't riding too hard, being neglectful, just a poorly built composite. Need I say more?
I loved this bike, right up until the moment the carbon composite frame cracked 10 miles from the end of a 200 mile road race (the Seattle to Portland Group Health Ride)this July. Fixing the frame is ridiculously expensive, so Im shopping for another bike (this time not a Fuji). I had ridden it in a few shorter races earlier this summer, but otherwise have confined myself to weekend rides (ranging from 20-50 miles, so it is not as if the bike was getting ridden too hard or abused. It was a comfortable ride that I could feel good about racing without breaking the bank. I bought it to replace another older Fuji that I now use a as a stationary bike and hasn't cracked yet. Unlike alot of other reviewers here I didn't replace or upgrade any parts- saddle, breaks, seat post, etc. are all what came with the bike. Im a recreational cyclist, not a professional, so when I pay $1900 for a bike I expect the components to be good to go and to last more than a few years. We bought my wife a Fuji crossover earlier in the Spring of this year for her commute to work and now I wish we had looked around for another brand. The folks at Performance Bike where I bought all 3 of our Fuji bikes were sympathetic to the cracked frame but ultimately it wasn't their fault or problem. I've never had a bike frame completely snap in the middle of a ride before, and the bike was relatively new. Anyway, lesson learned.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2011
Strengths: Full carbon frame and fork provides a comfy ride. 105/ultegra components are responsive and reliable. It's light weight enough that at this point the only thing that can improve my ride speeds is if I improve the engine--me.
Weaknesses: Stock wheel set is heavy, stock seat is a throwaway, seat post is aluminum.
I love my Team Fuji, not only is it pretty light but it has solid, reliable components, and provides a smooth ride. I ride every weekend long distances on it and enjoy the contrast between it and my heavier weekly commuter bike. The Fuji is definitely a dependable ride, and it's perfect for the recreational rider.
Strengths: It's a great looking bike.
For what I paid it was a great deal
Weaknesses: The stock shimano wheelset is pretty bad.
This is actually a 2009 model. I bought it a few mouths ago on sale before the 2010 came out. I took a break from cycling for a few years and I'm just getting back into it. I've heard mixed things about Fuji bikes, but for the price it was hard to pass up. It's a solid bike, nothing mind blowing. I've owned other carbon bikes that felt quicker, but I blame a lot of that to the stock wheelset on the bike. All in all though, everything on this bike pretty solid. It's nothing brilliant, but it definitely isn't lacking anything, and once you get a good wheelset on it your set.
My team grades for this year's Tour:
1. Sky, overall winner Froome, 3 stage victories from Froome, 14 days in yellow. Sky got what it came for in dominating style.
2. Movistar. Quintana 2nd place overall and winner of the Polka Dot Jersey and the Young Rider classification, Valverde 8th overa ... Read More »
See all of the team bikes on the tour. Shimano Dura-ace on 13 of the 22 teams. [URL="http://road.cc/content/feature/85959-tour-de-france-team-bike-round-all-road-bikes-years-race"]Tour de France Team Bike round-up: All the road bikes in this year's race | road.cc | Road cycling news, Bike reviews, ... Read More »
I'm relatively new to the cycling scene however I have read much about doping within sport and particularly cycling.
I am reading recently almost everyone in unison suggest that Team Sky and Froome are 100% doping, no questions.
Watching Dave Brailsford and listening to the other team members howe ... Read More »
I'm new to the forum and new to cycling as well. I've tried to do as much research as possible but this doesn't appear to be a typical comparison for obvious reasons. I'm looking for a solid bike to perform as a road bike as well as being able to use in Tri's if that becomes my main ... Read More »