As stated on Fuji’s web site, C-7 tubing is heavier duty than their superlight C-10. I’d estimate it weighs 1020 grams, 100 grams heavier than the C-10 frame. The frameset features an interesting array of angular planes on the top and down tubes. The bottom bracket isn’t as massive as the recently tested Norco, but the chainstays have a large C section which braces them at the joint. The seatstays have are tucked in toward the wheel and offer an amazing 20mm of clearance between the crank arms. The coolest element of the frame is how the seatpost passes through the smooth junction of the top tube and seat stay. It appears that the massive top portion of the seatstays give the bike it’s rigidity. Design-wise, I also appreciated the seatpost collar that mimics the bend of the seatstay. Nicely done.
Fuji’s frame sizing is a bit misleading, so make sure you get properly fitted. When I opened the box, I noticed the “size 53″ sticker and my heart sunk. I thought it would be way too small. Turns out the 53 is called “Medium/Large” and its effective top tube length is actually 55.5cm, which is just right for me (6′ tall). I also find that the traditional method of measuring from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat insert is largely outmoded in these days of sloping top tubes and integrated seatmasts. What seems most important is top tube length.
The all carbon Fuji fork has deep blades that look very aerodynamic. It’s a bit heavy, though, at 420 grams and features a rather slack 45 degree offset. Luckily, the retention system worked well and there wasn’t a lot of fiddling required. The bike also featured a Cane Creek headset with these cool “Inter Loc” spacers that snap together. They look a little funky but are extremely light.