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 Post subject: Fuji SL/1
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:33 am 
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Here's the data on my Fuji SL/1 (size small). The real weight saver was the Mt Washington wheels I got from Nico. The things are sicko light. Other than that, pretty standard...

I really like the Fuji SL/1. It ranked poorly when Tour magazine tested it, 41st out of 41 frames tested, but at least in my size it descends super-smoothly and climbs great. It's a slow sprinter, though. Just kidding -- my legs are to blame for that :).

Total weight = 11.82 lb, 5.36 kg. It was a year wait for the Lightning crank, but it was worth the wait. At some point when Quarq supports it I expect to install a Quarq power meter on it. For now I use my heavy Powertap wheel in training.

Alternate race wheels are Reynolds MV-32T with Veloflex Carbon tubulars. These are better all-around wheels and tires than the built-for-climbing Mt Washingtons. But for light weight and low rolling resistance at anywhere near the price, I can't see how you can beat the Mt Washingtons right now.

Improvements? I suppose I should cut down the seapost a bit (too much in the frame right now). A lighter saddle? I don't know that I want to give up the padding on the SLR. The stem is just a Performance, but it's hard to find much that's actually lighter. And I don't want wider handlebars.

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SRAM_Red_front_deralleur 69.9    -                    Stanford
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pedals                   154.9   Speedplay_X/1        Scout
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total_(lbm_measured)     11.82   -                    ultimate

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A nice WW build with truly WW wheelset and crankset. And you can shed even more from seatposts, handlebars, stem, etc....


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Good looking ride. Tell me more about the wheels.

And I am sure you could save a ton of weight if you leave the dinosaur at home! :)

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The wheels are just sicko light. The cardboard box they came in was heavier! They seem well built, too. The Extralight hubs take a bit more maintanance than, say, Shimano, but that's a price to be paid for such weight-optimized stuff. They seem really smooth, with Enduro bearings. In any case, these aren't day-to-day wheels, obviously, so the hubs don't need to be super-durable.

The Veloflex Records are narrower than I prefer for all-around use: only 20 mm. I like having a bit more beef in my tires for potholes, etc. They're especially sketchy if I pump them up: the first time I rode them I used 150 psi, as a test. Good for hillclimbs, bad for handling.

The only downer on the wheels, really, is cross-winds. The best I can figure, the ridge of the triangle shape of the rim creates a bit of a sail effect, and the rim + tire is so light it doesn't have much angular momentum to create a "gyroscopic" effect, so the wind can easily blow it around. Part of this is since I'm fairly light @ 55 kg. It's really a psychological thing, but caused me to be too cautious descending. A bigger rider might well not have a problem. Edge is coming out with a new version, though, the 1.25, which you might want to wait for.

Still, I got the wheels for climbing, and for that they're great. I want to practice more with them on descents, to get a better feel for them there. But in any case for road racing I'd prefer the superior aerodynamics of the Reynolds MV-32T, with the bigger rubber of the Veloflex Carbon tubulars.

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That dinosaur in the saddle is a good euphemism.


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Doug, very nice. Its really a great weight and there is more that can be cut. I know you don't care for carbon bars but bars, stem and fork is another area you could go lighter and not compromise reliability.

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That is a cool looking weenie bike for sure.

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First, thanks for the comments!

The frame is Fuji SL/1 size "small". The geometry chart is here. In particular, I like the relatively steep 74.5 degree seat tube angle. I wasn't initially so happy about the long trail due to the relaxed 71-degree head tube angle. You can get back trail with a large-rake fork, for example like the 3TTT Cervelo uses on the small RS, but the fork on the Fuji has a moderate 45mm rake. But I quickly developed a liking for the stability of the handling. It really holds a line in corners while descending, which I like. It just requires a little bit of an active countersteer to get it into that line. Once I got the hang of it, my descending notably improved. I'm not a "fast-twitch" brain cell sort of guy, so I like things to be predictable, and this bike is.

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Great job Dan. It really has turned-out nice.

Can I borrow your wheels for the LowKey Hill Climb Series ???

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timsterc wrote:
Great job Dan. It really has turned-out nice.

Can I borrow your wheels for the LowKey Hill Climb Series ???

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Funny. :)

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Hi,

I like the Fuji SL/1 -- a clubmate has one. I didn't realize that you could get it to be so light.

Also, you must be a bit taller than the usual size small guy (like me) as that is a ton of seatpost and bar drop.

Good luck racing on it.

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cleavel wrote:
Hi,

I like the Fuji SL/1 -- a clubmate has one. I didn't realize that you could get it to be so light.

Also, you must be a bit taller than the usual size small guy (like me) as that is a ton of seatpost and bar drop.

Good luck racing on it.


Thanks! My height is 169 cm, but I'm 64 cm palm-to-shoulder, so my hands are lower than they might be for my height and back angle. Thus I require a relatively small head tube, which made the next size up less attractive. Also my femurs are relatively short, so I need a steep seat tube angle, which the small Fuji supplies. A Cervelo R3 SL, which is 90 grams less (but would have cost me a lot more) has a 73 degree seat tube and would not have been as good a match. It also has a tight front-center, which doesn't suit a low set-back position as well.

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  1. replaced stem bolts with Ti from Toronto Cycles. This takes my 11cm Performance Forte stem down to 112.7 grams from 125.1 grams, saving 12.4 grams. Not bad for the price!
  2. replaced bowties with CadenceWorks Al bow-ties. I also replaced the screws, although this didn't save much versus the original Speedplay X1 screws. This takes the Speedplays from 154.9 grams to 131.3 grams, saving 23.6 grams
  3. replaced SRAM 11-23 Red cassette (153.8 grams) with Recon Al 12-23 cassette (94.9 grams), saving 58.9 grams
  4. cut 3.9 cm off Thomson seatpost, saving 9.7 grams.
  5. replaced Red chain with mid-range KMC chain (not XL) because that's what the store had. I'll try a KMC XL-10 next. This added a bit of weight.
Not counting the chain, savings is 104.6 grams.

Total bike mass (calculated) = 11.59 lbm = 5.26 kg.
Measured = 11.57 lbm (5.25 kg) w/o second pair of bottle cage bolts.

Obvious potential improvements:
  1. upgrade that chain next time I replace it.
  2. lighter saddle? Issue is it's hard to commit to a new saddle, or even stripping the padding off my SLR, not knowing if I'll be less comfortable.
  3. A better bottle cage would be nice (my Performance Forte carbon doesn't hold bottles well, so I usually use a metal cage instead).
  4. That Thomson seatpost clamp is pretty heavy. But it really does do the job, so while I could replace it with a carbon fiber after-market version, saving 30 additional grams, that might not be wise.
  5. An Edge 1.0 fork might trim an additional 75 grams or so But since I can't swap the fork out for uphill timetrials versus flatter events, aerodynamics matters here. The Fuji fork looks aero, anyway.
  6. I could go to lighter chainrings. If Extralight sold 36-50, that would be perfect. My SRAM Force are 89.5 g (50) + 29.1 g (36) = 128.6 g (50-36)

No, I'm not switching to carbon fiber bars. After crashing at Berkeley Hills RR on Sunday, it was nice knowing had I been able to continue racing physcially I could have without worrying about my robust Ritchey Pro bars snapping on me. Sure, there's still the steerer tube, but I've heard of a lot more cases of bars breaking than steerer tubes breaking.

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