New Fuji SL road bike 20 percent lighter than predecessor

Race bike builds on success of Altamira with improved frame construction

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The series features eight models – including a Team Replica and frameset – ranging from the SRAM Red 22-equipped 1.1 to the Shimano 105-eqiupped 2.5.

The series features eight models – including a Team Replica and frameset – ranging from the SRAM Red 22-equipped 1.1 to the Shimano 105-eqiupped 2.5.

Fuji also claims the new SL is stiffer than its predecessor by 9 percent in the head tube, 11 percent in the bottom bracket, and 18 percent in the fork.

The SL’s downtube is octagonal in shape, featuring flattened sections of high-tensile strength carbon. The seat tube, top tube, and fork also feature flattened sections of high-tensile strength carbon, which is said to increase lateral stiffness.

The fork has a reinforcing rib – a patented technology from Fuji’s carbon manufacturer called Reinforced I-Beam or RIB technology – that runs the length of the fork blades, amplifying stiffness for improved steering precision.

RIB technology runs the length of the fork blades, amplifying stiffness for improved steering precision.

RIB technology runs the length of the fork blades, amplifying stiffness for improved steering precision.

Lastly, the SL was designed to ensure good ride quality for every sized cyclist. Fuji invested in two different fork offsets to ensure optimal range of trail throughout the size range for stable steering and handling. And each frame size uses unique carbon layups and tube diameters, as a 46cm rider does not require the same stiffness as a 61cm rider.

The SL will be available to consumers in a variety of builds starting October 2015. The series features eight models – including a Team Replica and frameset – ranging from the SRAM Red 22-equipped 1.1 to the Shimano 105-eqiupped 2.5.

For more information visit www.fujibikes.com

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