Fuji Bicycles Altamira CX Cyclocross Bike

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Fuji Bicycles Altamira CX Cyclocross Bike 

DESCRIPTION

  • Crankset: FSA Team Issue Carbon MegaExo 2pc
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA BB-AL86 Press Fit Bearing
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11-28T, 10sp
  • Brake Set: Avid Shorty 4 Forged Alloy Canti
  • Handlebar: Oval R-700 Compact DB Alloy, 31.8mm

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 23, 2013]
zen

Strength:

Cost, drivetrain

Weakness:

Weight, wheels, cantilevers

2 grand shipped from Bikesdirect for a carbon frame, carbon hoops and an ultegra drivetrain. Yeah, it's not a high zoot one-off brand, and everyone will know where you got it, but the deal can't really be beat. The frame has all the cross specific goodness: all 3 cables running along the toptube, a seat-tube pulley to convert a bottom pull Ultegra derailleur to top pull, cable stops for canti brake adjustment.

Handles as a cross bike should which is to say a bit slack, but still not commuter bike slack. The ultegra drivetrain functions flawlessly. Cross specific FSA (carbon) crank and BB30 function well. The wheels which are 40mm deep carbon with alu braking surfaces are nice, albeit heavy. Whether deep dish wheels really shed mud better and whether ANY of this will be the difference between standing on the podium or looking on remains to be seen.

The only downsides are the brakes which are difficult to set up. The Avid shorty 4s are cast with an odd angle to the pad holder relative to the pivot that makes them toe OUT unless you work REALLY hard to set them just right. The frame is not disc compatible, but, again, discs aren't going to put you on the podium. The bike weighs 19lb (44cm) with a single bottle cage and Shimano XT SPDs. A pound of that can be saved by some lighter wheels.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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