Fuji Bikes has introduced its fastest, most aerodynamic and most forward-thinking bicycle to date, the new women's-specific Supreme. Beginning with a clean slate, Fuji engineers tackled what has become the twin demands of modern carbon race machines.
"There are two camps with competition road bikes: aerodynamics and light weight," explained Steven Fairchild, Fuji's global product manager for road. "I wanted to blend those two together. We were able to produce a lightweight bike that is aero, and an aero bike that you can climb on."
The two-year redesign of the Supreme is the first of a new breed of Fuji carbon road bikes, with a design DNA destined to be the company's signature in every bike it builds.
"The technology that we develop for our premium road bikes influences our entire product line," said Karen Bliss, CMO of Advanced Sports. "We wanted to put our newest thinking into the Supreme and allow this women's product to influence and improve all of our products."
After months of development, and countless hours of refinement Fuji sent the bike through its final testing phase. "When we put it in the wind tunnel against the Transonic [Fuji's current aero road model] we achieved what we expected - and more," Fairchild claimed. "We compared a 56cm Supreme with a comparative Transonic, and it was way faster than the Transonic."
Based on a 125-pound rider traveling at 25mph over 40km, the new Supreme saves a claimed 1 minute and 19 seconds over the Transonic - and 3 minutes and 23 seconds over the current Supreme.
The new bike has also proven itself in the real world, crossing the finish line to win the Valley of the Sun Criterium in February under three-time national champion Kendall Ryan of Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank. This win adds to the history that began in 1974, when Fuji sponsored the first U.S. women's national team, a decade before women's cycling became an Olympic sport.
"Fuji's commitment to supporting women and producing the best bicycles for women is unwavering," said Bliss, who before coming to work at Fuji was a seven-time national champion who counts Fuji as her first bike sponsor. "And it's not just me pushing for more, better product. Our entire company has embraced women cyclists even back when it wasn't a thing."
Key Features of the Supreme
- Aerodynamics efficiency
- Increased stiffness for better power transfer
- Enhanced compliance to smooth the ride
- Disc brakes on all versions
- Low weight (sub 15 pounds for the Supreme 1.1)
To learn more, head over to www.fujibikes.com.