The Fuji SL-1 Pro is a bike meant for training and racing. It’s a little heavier than the top of the line SL-1 RC, but it’s also beefier. Fuji’s C-7 tubing is meant to take punishment year after year with very little fatigue. It is also spec’d with heavier, though more durable, aluminum stem, handlebars, and seatpost. If you look around at the tour bikes, you’ll find the pros riding aluminum cockpits for their strength (and less catastrophic failure), and this bike follows that mold. It also features SRAM Force–and though it is slightly heavier than SRAM Red, it looks like the 2010 Force is actually better than last year’s Red.
The Yahoo! Cycling Team will be riding this exact bike with a few component changes:
- Deda will be providing handlebar, stem, and seatpost
- San Marco will provide the saddles
- TRP will provide brakes
- Challenge will provide tires
This really is a great all around bike and I felt comfortable on it immediately. It’s stiff, vibration free, and extremely predictable in all conditions. On a recent 55 mile ride with over 5200 feet of climbing, I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the bike was. It climbed well with no flex and very little noise; the components really work well together and it was nice to have the 39×26 bail gear. The steering felt a little slow (definitely not twitchy), likely due to the 45 degree fork offset, though it didn’t bother me. More importantly, the bike descended with confidence. Out on the flats, I was even able to come from behind and win the “sprint to the sign”, though the incredible wheels definitely made me feel like I was cheating.