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

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The bars, stem, and seat post were all Fuji branded and painted white. The stem looked good to me but at 120mm, it’s 20mm longer than what I prefer, so I pushed the seat forward a bit. The seatpost seemed a bit clunky and had an overbuilt clamping mechanism. The handlebars were very comfortable and mimicked the bends of Ritcheys. The seat is made by Prologo; it had a good amount of padding but not a lot of flex. It was acceptably comfortable but I’d eventually upgrade it.

The most surprising part of the bike spec is the new, second generation, 2010 SRAM Force gruppo. In a word, it is fantastic. It looks great, is lighter than Dura Ace, and is smoother (and shifts better) than SRAM’s 2009 top of the line Red! It cost less than those gruppos-in fact, it’s even less expensive than the new Ultegra 6700. I have full SRAM Red on my bike; and though the Red features a sick-light and incredibly machined hollow cogset, it’s actually noisier than the traditional cogset of the Force. The Red front derailleur is also extremely finicky and very hard to dial in. The Force was pretty much perfect and was dialed in from the factory. In terms of weight, performance, and price, it is very hard to beat the new SRAM Force.

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The bike also features Reynolds Attack carbon clinchers; these are high performance wheels and it’s amazing that they come “stock”. They retail for around $1500–so included in the $4700 sticker, it really underscores the value you get with a Fuji. These full-carbon wheels are very light at 1450 grams and feature a 32mm rim. This deeper rim profile is more aerodynamic than a traditional rim. And they perform great; sprinting from the pack starting at 25mph and going to 30mph was noticeably easier compared to a traditional spoked wheel; you really do notice the aero benefits. Going down hills, the bike accelerated noticeably faster. I had to replace a flat tire and was amazed that I was able to remount the tire using only thumb pressure–this is extremely impressive, especially because these Vittorias are typically very snug. Drawbacks? Carbon clinchers are a bit more finicky; the super hard carbon surface requires special pads and wet braking is typically poor. Fuji did feature Swiss-Stop pads but they provided the wrong ones. The black “Full FlashPro” pads are meant for aluminum rims; the yellow versions are meant for carbon rims. And, unfortunately, the wheels did tend to squeak under braking. The only other drawback to wheelset is the muted graphics; they are a bit mundane for relative to their performance. Fuji also spec’d valve extenders which are big nuisance; they are difficult to keep tightly sealed which makes pumping frustration. Luckily, there are long valve inner tubes that are readily available.

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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