Does it heal the sick and raise the dead as well?toshi said:My .02 cents... my fuji team sl has been nothing short of awesome in pretty much every respect. All the components are excellent (full Ultegra save for the Tektro calipers & FSA carbon compact crankset; Ritchey WCS cockpit). I use sl eggbeaters and Korso/Neuvation wheels; the bike comes in at just under 17lbs. It would not be hard to drop this bike below 15lbs in weight, if you wanted to.
The frame is definitely stiff and makes for an awesome sprinting and climbing machine (I'm about 144lbs and steep climbs are part of regular rides here in San Francisco). It feels like everything you push out is directly transmitted to foward power.
By the same token, the ride is far from unforgiving, and the roads here are generally horrendous. My track bike uses Reynolds steel and is relatively cushy, but the fuji isn't far behind, believe it or not. I'm surprised at how refined the ride quality is, actually - test ride one next to other aluminum bikes from trek, cdale, look, etc, and you'll see what I mean. The carbon fork helps, but I think the grade of aluminum and more likely the geometry and design of the rear stays helps as well. Aluminum doesn't have to be a harsh ride.
The geometry is aggressive and the handling is telepathic. It feels like my track bike in terms of steering.
Shot of the bike before any significant fit tweaks.