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.
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.