Yahoo! Cycling Team’s 2010 Fuji SL-1 Pro – Pro Review

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The Goods
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.

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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.

About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein has been a fan of mtbr.com & roadbikereview.com since 1996. After meeting Francis, he became fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling and became one of our first product reviewers. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and was ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group in 2012. He’s recently been learning swimming tips from his 10 year-old daughter who has way more natural talent!


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  • CliveDS says:

    Looks light, Fast and ready for some racing. Good Luck Guys!

  • ZenNMotion says:

    Great bike, poor review. Can someone who actually has an understanding of bike/frame design please write the “Pro Reviews”? Example- 45 “deg” of fork “angle” (offset) is “slack” resulting in “slow steering”? Really? The HT angle isn’t noted (72deg on a large) but it’s decidedly neutral in trail. And a 12cm stem would be entirely appropriate on the large size for most riders in that range, the 6′ tall tester is used to a 10cm stem on his own bike? Really? Get yourself to a fitter, you got the wrong bike! The average reader contemplating a $4,000+ bicycle is likely more sophisticated and expecting a more insightful “pro review” than that offered here. At least “torsionally stiff and vertically compliant” wasn’t mentioned… Sheesh guys, is this the best you can do?

  • alexcad5 says:

    ZenNMotions comments were a bit harsh, but it is true the reviewer has a little to learn about geometry and how it effects the ride. The fork rake is measured in mm not degrees. You wouldn’t know that if someone didn’t tell you, since it never says in the literature how it is measured. Also, as mentioned, a bike with a slack fork will have a faster steering, not a slower steering, however a slack head tube will make for a slow steering bike. It is normal for a bike with a slack head tube to have a slack fork – usually to eliminate toe overlap.
    The last thing zen mentioned was the stem. Zen assumes that the tester was on a bike too big for him, an assumption that may not be right. If the tester has long legs and a short reach, a smaller bike will have too short a head tube for him.
    The tester on the other hand should have opted to replace the stem for a shorter one, rather than moving the seat forward.

  • TimK says:

    I love this bike, even though I don’t own it. But someday it will be mine.

  • Twain says:

    Good feedback, ZenNMotion and alexcad5. Apologies for the mistake on the fork rake–and thanks for the knowledge. The head tube angle is mentioned at the very start, as well.
    Regarding the stem, I am more of a triathlete than road rider, and I’m used to being farther forward. And, yes, I could have switched out the stem, but I wanted to try the stock parts.
    I have a 100mm stem on this
    http://www.roadbikereview.com/reviews/blog/ritchey-superlogic-carbon-46-clinchers-pro-review/
    (and i wish I had those wheels!)

  • mikethebike says:

    Twain-

    Completely understandable that you gave that review considering you now mention you are more of a TT. When you said that you were going to take off the stem and “just move the seat forward”…I was like “WHHaattt??”. So you betrayed the fact that you are a TT right there

    I see by the link you provided that you have a road bike.

    I am only too happy to review that bike for the good of the biking community. Ship it to me. I put a few thousand miles on it and let you know what I think of it.

    Deal?

    Fuji has made some impressive bikes this year at great price points.

    Can you tell me why TT riders sit so far forward? I know its more aero, but they seem to be aero at a massive expensive of NOT using the hamstrings and back. Armstrong(not my favorite rider, but I think he did some interesting things other than in the lab) sat relatively farther back and sat lower and pedaled with a high cadence. Why don’t the other riders do this?

    Thanks in advance@!!! and sorry about the long question.

    Mike

  • Rick says:

    I have ridden this bike for 2 century rides and it really is that good! Quick and sharp handling this bike climbs like nothing I have ever ridden. I would highly reccomend this bike.

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