Fuji's New Enduro and Trail Bikes - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 12, 2019
by Mike Levy  
Sea Otter 2019

Fuji has completely redesigned their Auric platform, saying that it's ''Truly an upgrade to replace a downhill bike and can handle anything in a bike park or on a trail ride.'' That's a pretty wide spectrum of intended uses, but while the previous Auric awkwardly straddled the trail bike and all-mountain worlds, this one looks a lot like a machine made to be pointed straight down a rowdy enduro race course. Case in point: The 27.5'' wheeled blue bomber is sporting a 170mm-travel Lyrik RC, 160mm of squish out back, and a 63.5° head angle that'd be just fine on a downhill sled.

So maybe not the ideal trail bike, Fuji, but it sure does sound like a hell of a good time in the right kind of setting.
Auric LT 1.1 Details

Travel: 160mm
Fork travel: 170mm
Wheel size: 27.5''
Frame construction: aluminum
Head angle: 63.5°
Chainstay length: 425mm
Sizes: sm, med, lrg, xlrg
Price: $4,299.99 USD
More info: www.fujibikes.com

The Auric LT 1.1 pictured here is the high-end option, but Fuji went with aluminum rather than carbon fiber, no doubt saving a big chunk of money in the process. You could do the same, too, with the bike going for $4,299.99 USD, or you can spend $800 less for the Auric LT 1.3.

Sea Otter 2019
The MLink suspension layout has been redesigned for 2019. It delivers 160mm of travel on the back of the Auric.

Fuji completely redesigned their MLink suspension for 2019, going with a more traditional looking four-bar layout with a large rocker arm compressing a vertically mounted RockShox Super Deluxe RT3 shock. The change is hopefully a good thing as the previous iteration of the MLink setup offered Prius-like efficiency... and Prius-like suspension action, too. Given that the new Auric LT sports geometry that clearly leans towards going really, really fast over and through all the things, its suspension will have to perform at a much higher level than before.

Speaking of geometry, that 63.5° front-end is paired with a healthy 15mm of bottom bracket drop, and my medium-sized test rig gets a 470mm reach that's about as roomy as my 5'10'' body can handle. A low-offset fork crown helps keep the wheelbase in check, but there's still 1,225mm between the front and rear axles.

Sea Otter 2019

Sea Otter 2019
Sea Otter 2019
You're either going to love or hate this Auric's custom paint.

Black might never go out of style, but it sure is boring. You know what wasn't boring? Miami in the 1980s. Fuji had a few frames done up in this amazing Miami Vice-ish paint by Tony Baumann, the guy responsible for Ken Block's galaxy-themed Demo 8 that blew minds. This one takes a different route, though, complete with dolphins and palm trees.

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The Rakan is a 120mm-travel trail bike using Fuji's MLink suspension layout.

The Rakan is another re-designed bike in Fuji's catalog, with it employing a 120mm-travel version of the MLink system put to use on the Auric. Fuji's paired that with a 130mm-travel fork and 29" wheels for more of an all-around package. The $3,999 USD Rakan 1.1 is pictured here, but you can save $500 by going with the entry-level model.


  • 79 1
 Miami Vice paint job is pretty sick!
  • 8 0
 should have crocket and tubbs on it as a headbadge
  • 3 0
 Would make a nice match with the Focus Vice.

  • 1 0
 @vinay: Trek Crockett too: pbs.twimg.com/media/DvW_ERaXcAAZZct.jpg

I want these bikes just for the paint job o.O .
  • 2 0
 In order to ride that, you have to wear the Miami Vice suits and SPD loafers with no socks.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: I'd say the peeps in the Focus Vice campaign are spot on.
  • 1 0
 If only we'd thought of this! youtu.be/uX9Jno0dSmQ
  • 1 0
 @mucoffltd: So, this Miami Vice thing is hot apparently Wink .
  • 17 1
 You can’t replace a DH bike,trust me I’ve tried. You’ll end up disappointed or nieve.
  • 9 0
 Lol nieve
  • 1 4
 The stress concentration near the rocker link pivot (see 2nd image) will not survive DH abuse...
  • 3 0
 I was disappointed with my first attempt, which was a 2015 Commencal Meta SX. After that, I reverted to type and got a downhill bike again, but my second attempt, the 2017 Focus Sam Pro was a slam dunk. That bike really replaced the downhill bike for me. I'm not coming back. My next bike is the 2019 Fuji Auric LT
  • 4 0
 I think it really depends on how old your perception of a DH bike is. There are many people out there still riding decade old DH bikes and that's all they ride. Replace that with one of the new "Super Enduro" bikes, and I guarantee it will be massively more capable than the DH bike, both up and down.
  • 4 2
 All you need is a dual crown fork to replace a downhill bike in most cases. It’s pretty astonishing how much the handling of a downhill bike comes down to the rigidity of the fork
  • 2 2
 @Loche: What makes you say that? Because it should... you realize there are 4 pivot points on this bike, right?
  • 2 0
 @chillrider199: Because there's a notch in the suspension part that sustains the highest torque? The number of pivots on the bike is irrelevant for that matter. The rocker link will always see the shock force on one side and the force from sprung mass on the other end.

That being said, it looks better designed on the Miami Vice version...
  • 2 1
 @Loche: Youre definitely gonna need to be more descriptive as to what youre talking about. “Suspension part” is not the most descriptive choice of words when there is a 5 pieces...
  • 10 0
 Holy fuck, Rakins! That's what those furry little bitches are!
  • 6 0
 The whitedotted rear end of that Auric reminds me of my childhood bike. The Huffy White Heat.
  • 2 0
 i remember that. it had hand guards.
  • 5 0
 I'd love to read a review of the Auric LT at some point. Stats wise it looks like a fun bike for the type of park riding I do.
  • 11 0
 I have one. Review in a few weeks.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: Nice. Looks like it might be a really nice budget option for gravity stuff (esp. the 1.3 and esp. if they end up on sale like past Fujis). I'll look forward to reading it.
  • 7 1
 Must have that paint job!
  • 5 4
 Please do. It'll be unlikely that I'll ever have to see it again if it's in Canada.
  • 2 0
 @el-nombre: Found the guy on a black bike.
  • 1 0
 @rezrov: it has a small amount of green and yellow on too Wink
  • 4 1
 LOVE these bikes!! Fuji has its faults but these new rides are LEGIT! They are showing a new focus on hard hitting, high quality mountain bikes.
  • 1 0
 Fuji went from conservative geometry to boundary-pushing geometry in 2018. Suddenly they're interesting!
  • 1 0
 Very interesting. They are pretty much jumping ahead of everybody with that head tube angle, which will probably be the enduro norm in a few years.
  • 2 1
 @R-M-R: they took a whole different approach to engineering somewhere around when ASI bought Performance. This latest crop is on the cutting edge. More stuff is in the works as well across their entire range.
  • 1 0
 Awesome, anyone know if they are going to see just frames? I have a 2016 auric with a cane Creek angle kit set at 1.5 and shock bushing that changes by .5 degrees. So it's at 65 degrees and rips. Would like to see these new ones with Shimano and fox. Should be a shredder.
  • 2 0
 Guys, can someone explain me what “Prius-like efficiency and Prius-like suspension” is?
  • 8 0
 It lessens the conflict with e-bikes by adding a petrol engine.
  • 1 0
 The Prius runs a pretty simple MacPherson strut setup that is definitely not optimized for performance
  • 1 0
 GTA Vice city! Cool. What is Canadian pricing like? Fuji is out of Quebec no? If it's USD x conversion rate ouch.

Pivot points are midway on the CS?
  • 7 5
 Looks like... Transition!
  • 3 0
 @watchmen: that’s no coincidence as they are the same company!
  • 3 0
 Was my first thought when I saw the picture had to look twice to notice the extra stay in the rear end, the rest is pretty much a copy of a the former patrol.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know rear tire clearance for the rakan? Geometry looks great!
  • 2 0
 I think most PB-ers are too young to know what Miami Vice is. Lol.
  • 1 0
 Any post about Fuji without a picture of Lauren Greggs' effervescent smile is a missed opportunity.
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  • 1 0
 This Auric looks must ride like a Transition!
  • 1 0
 Anybody know a weight on the Rakan 1.1?
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