Review: Fuji’s 2019 Auric LT Enduro Bike is Surprisingly Versatile

May 13, 2019
by Mike Levy  
Fuji has completely redesigned their 27.5'' wheeled Auric platform for 2019, with the LT 1.1 model that's tested below getting 160mm of travel that's paired with a 170mm Lyrik up front, along with geometry that wouldn't be out of place on a downhill bike. As you might have guessed, this thing is intended to be used as an all-mountain or enduro race bike.

The $4,299 USD Auric LT 1.1 sits at the top of Fuji's food chain, but they went with aluminum rather than carbon fiber, no doubt saving a big chunk of money in the process. If you need to save some money, too, the LT 1.3 goes for $800 less. Don't need so much travel, either? The standard Auric sports 130mm out back and more well-rounded geometry.
Auric LT 1.1 Details
Intended use: all-mountain / enduro
Travel: 160mm
Fork travel: 170mm
Wheel size: 27.5''
Frame construction: aluminum
Head angle: 63.5°
Chainstay length: 425mm
Sizes: S, M (tested), L, XL
Weight: 33.46lb / 15.17kg
Price: $4,299.99 USD
More info: www.fujibikes.com







Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
Flash? Nope. Ready to smash? You betcha. The 160mm-travel Auric LT is a slack, forgiving enduro bike.


Construction and Features

The Auric LT's aluminum frame is a no-surprises sort of thing with all the stuff you need and nothing you don't. The seat post, rear brake, and shift lines are all routed inside the frame via bolt-on hatches that cover slightly larger openings, with the latter exiting from the underside of the downtube and the former popping out at the lower shock mount. Being an aluminum frame, there are no internal guides, though, so just push them through and fish them out at the other end.

There's a set of ISCG tabs around the Auric LT's threaded bottom bracket shell, and the toptube slopes downward drastically to provide as much standover as possible. But more important than any of that, or geometry, suspension, and anything else, there's enough room for a big bottle inside my medium-sized bike's front triangle. Being hydrated is the new enduro.

It has all the other things, too; a tapered head tube, Boost spacing, and room for big tires, but you can only get it in the blue color shown here that's been universally panned by everyone I ride with. I don't mind the color, but it certainly doesn't help make the Auric LT's cause.
Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
It's not quite 'enduro blue,' but it's close.



Geometry & Sizing

There's a clear gap forming between bikes made for enduro racing and those with similar amounts of travel but less focused on going as fast as possible down the worst possible. With numbers that wouldn't be out of line on a downhill sled, the Auric LT certainly sits in the first category.


Fuji Auric LT

Up front, there's a 63.5-degree head angle and a 170mm-travel Lyrik with a low-offset crown, and that's paired with a healthy 15mm of bottom bracket drop. The Auric LT is long as well, with the medium sporting a 470mm reach and large stretching out to 490mm. Those numbers, along with the slack front-end, give 1,225mm and 1,249mm wheelbases on the medium and larges.



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Suspension Design

The back of the Auric looks pretty standard from a dozen feet away; just your normal four-bar layout, nothing to... Wait, what the hell is that strange pivot that's smack dab in the middle of the bike's chainstays? It is, in effect, a dual-link design, but with much longer links that we're used to seeing - checkout the video to see what I'm getting at.

Just like the rest of the bike, the Auric's suspension has been completely redesigned for 2019, but it's still an MLink system. The name is short for Mid Link, a reference to the pivots on the chainstays, halfway between the rear axle and front triangle. This is said to make for a torsionally stiffer rear-end with less binding and pivot stress compared to if the pivots were out at the dropout or close to the bottom bracket shell where we'd expect to spot them.

The fresh MLink layout sees the RockShox Super Deluxe RT3 shock mounted vertically and compressed by a big 'ol rocker arm from above. While those chainstay pivots might seem odd, the rest of the design is about as straightforward looking as you can get.
Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
That's a pivot in the middle of the chainstays, just in case you were wondering.

Straightforward isn't a bad thing, though, and the redesign can only be good considering that the previous iteration had a tendency to bottom out quite easily. Since the new Auric LT's geometry is all about going really, really fast over and through all the bad things, its suspension has to be better than it was on that old bike.


Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
Spot the strange pivot? The Auric LT's 160mm of travel is controlled by Fuji's MLink suspension system.


Specifications
Release Date 2019
Price $4299.99
Travel 160
Rear Shock Rock Shox Super Deluxe RT3
Fork RockShox Lyrik RC 27.5 DebonAir, 170mm
Headset FSA
Cassette SRAM XG-1275, 10-50T
Crankarms Truvativ Descendant, 32T
Chainguide MRP Amg V2 Chainguide
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB, threaded
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX Eagle
Chain SRAM GX Eagle
Shifter Pods SRAM GX Eagle, 1 x 12-speed
Handlebar Race Face Aeffect R Riser Bar, alloy, 20mm rise, 780mm
Stem Race Face Aeffect R, alloy, +6° rise
Grips WTB Waffel, Lock on
Brakes SRAM Code R
Wheelset DT Swiss M1900 Spline 30 wheelset
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF, 27.5" x 2.50" WT / Maxxis Minion DHR II, 27.5" x 2.40" WT
Seat WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost KS LEV SI dropper, 150mm



Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park








Test Bike Setup

Fuji gets the Auric LT out the door with pretty much everything you'd need to race, including a chain guide, but there is one caveat. The EXO-walled Maxxis rubber is likely going to be okay for a lot of riders in a lot of places, but if this thing really is an enduro race rig, it should show up with a set of proper dual-ply tires. If the Auric LT is going to be your all-mountain rig, that might not be as much of a concern for you.

I think I could have got away with a 200mm-travel dropper post on the Auric LT, but they easily could have spec'd a 170mm model and had no issues. As it is, the medium to extra-large sizes ship with a 150mm dropper post, which isn't the end of the world.

The bike's rear-suspension doesn't call for anything strange, with 10 psi above body weight giving me 30-percent sag on the button. The Super Deluxe RT3 shock has a three-position cheater switch that I never used, and not just because I'm stubborn. and I had the rebound one or two clicks slower than most might prefer. Up front, the 170mm-travel Lyrik was pumped up to 78 psi, which is just a touch above recommended, but it's steep here, and have you ever seen my shitty line choices?
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Mike Levy
Location: Squamish, BC, Canada
Age: 38
Height: 5'10
Inseam: 33.5"
Weight: 168lbs
Industry affiliations / sponsors: None
Instagram: @killed_by_death


Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
The Auric LT is heavy, but it also pedals well enough that I didn't think twice about heading out for some five-hour rides on it. I can't say that about many 160mm-travel bikes.

Climbing

At a nip under 34lb and geometry that says ''Let's get into the back of that truck,'' instead of ''Let's get into this climb,'' I wasn't expecting much from the big blue Fuji besides some slow climbs and a few more dabs than usual. Yes, a lot of Auric LT owners won't care how long it takes or how often they dab on their way up, only that they eventually will get up, but it's important to hold these kinds of bikes to higher expectations than them just being able to get up there.

The Auric LT actually gets ''up there'' pretty damn well, relatively speaking. This ain't no trail bike - look at the standard, 130mm Auric if that's what you want to do - but Fuji has done a good job of creating a bike that crushes descents without crushing your soul every time some elevation is required, and a big part of that is the above-par pedaling manners. The MLink layout doesn't feel quite as efficient to me as Mondraker's Zero suspension system, but it's not a long way off, either. It's a little more active, but that also means that it's a little more forgiving over the small stuff when you're on the gas (both up and down the hill), so there's probably a traction benefit there, too.

I've never minded a steep fire road climb to sweat out the sins, but that's also where a bike like the Auric LT is usually at its worst. Heavy and sporting slow-rolling rubber, the Fuji is never going to be anyone's first choice for those types of climbs, but its relatively efficient suspension also means that it won't be anyone's last choice, either.

Apply the usual technique need for a bike like this - ass on the seat, smooth circles with your feet™ - and those sins won't feel that heavy.

Properly technical singletrack, the kind where you're going 0mph through roots and the trail is somehow 10ft above you even though that's only 10ft away, is predictably difficult. It's the bike's length, mostly, and it didn't take long before I was embarrassing myself with wheel pivots and hopping in place to get around the tightest of corners. Yes, even more than usual.

But in the real world, where most technical climbs are manageable on most bikes, the Auric LT is surprisingly easy to live with if you plan ahead and have good balance.
Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
The low-offset fork crown surely helps when you're faced with a tight switchback climb, but you'll still need to go as wide as possible.

The blue Fuji scores better than average when it comes to both pedaling manners and technical climbing, which is even more surprising after you've turned around and gone back down the mountain.



Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
If you spend your rides trying to go as fast as you can on terrain like this, the Auric LT might make a great friend.


Descending

I'll admit to being surprised by the Auric LT on the climbs, but there's no doubting that its intentions are all about pointing it in the other direction. This is a rolling excuse-eraser of a bike, be it down a pucker-worthy chute or at speed over a load of pointy chunder. It's also a 33.46-pound reminder that geometry comes before all else, including weight and price.

You'll be reminded of exactly that anytime you drop into a fast, rough trail, with the Fuji happy to act as a plow if that's how you want to get things done. In that sort of heels down, committed mindset, the Auric LT doesn't seem to get flustered about much at all. At 30-percent sag out back and a slightly stiffer than recommended Lyrik up front, the Fuji holds a line in a nearly downhill bike-like way that you usually don't see unless you have another 40mm of travel and burlier tires. It's also built like a tank; this might be, along with the Process 29, one of the most torsionally rigid bikes that I can remember riding. That said, it doesn't deliver that choppy, on/off traction type of ride that some stiff bikes seem to have, although tires, wheels, and pressures have a lot to do with that as well.

The Auric LT far prefers speed over trundling along a janky bit of trail, and it's no surprise to see the steering come alive when you get going fast enough to make the eyes water. That's where this bike should live, after all, and it's precisely where the roomy front-end and 63.5-degree head angle, along with the 170mm-travel fork, all come together to make an easy to ride, easy to corner package when the trail is rough and fast. Because it can track the ground well, you can toss the Auric LT into a choppy, beat up turn and pop out the other end still on your chosen line; it takes a lot to upset this bike.

You will need some commitment to the front of the Fuji, though, and especially if it's wet or dusty and you're pushing hard. I came off a much shorter bike than the Auric LT and it took a few rides until I really trusted the Fuji in those conditions, but there's no doubt in my mind that longer equals faster in a lot of situations. This crow tastes a little bitter, but I'll get it down eventually.

Unlike a lot of slack, long-travel bikes, I didn't find myself using the rear brake to change direction as much as I have on other rigs of similar intention, which probably speaks to the Auric LT's surprising versatility and balance.


Suspension Performance

When it comes to the bike's suspension, the new Auric LT is in another league compared to the previous MLink system.

The Super Deluxe RT3's tune feels spot-on, and while I did manage to hit the end of the stroke when I deserved to, the back of the Fuji was essentially invisible otherwise. That might not sound great, but it's actually the highest of praise when talking about a bike's suspension: It just works well, period, whether you're on the brakes or on the gas.
Fuji Auric LT 1.1
The 63.5-degree head angle puts your front tire way out there, even with the low-offset Lyrik, which makes rolls like this as easy as saying ''I got this.''

There's a good amount of sensitivity at the top of the stroke and everywhere else, and while it's not quite coil-like, it's as supple as anything else out there running on air. At the other end of the travel, there's enough ramp-up to keep my donut-filled, off-season body from finding the end of the stroke more often than I should, but it's in the middle where the Auric LT impressed me most. With 170mm up front and 160mm out back, race-focused geometry, and slightly hefty fighting weight, I wasn't counting on the Fuji to be all that fun in places where that travel and those angles hurt more than help... But here I am, shoveling crow into my mouth yet again.


Fuji Auric LT. Photo by Brian Park
The rougher the corner, the better the Auric LT seems to do.


At that 30-percent sag number, it's a surprisingly easy bike to pick up off the ground when you're going slow and need to put it on the other side of something. That makes the Auric LT much more well-rounded than you might think, or at least than I thought. Yes, you can go straight through that field of jagged rocks if you want, but you can also go over it, too. I think the correct term is "supportive,'' but if you asked me in person I'd probably just tell you it doesn't come across as a mushy, uninspiring bike at any point.

No, it isn't a trail bike by any stretch of the imagination, and I'm conflicted about even calling it an all-mountain rig, but I will say that it's still an easy machine to have fun on when the terrain isn't worthy of its travel or angles.



Fuji Auric LT 1.1 Photo by Brian Park
Fuji Auric LT 1.1 Photo by Brian Park
The four-piston Code R brakes make a lot of sense on the Auric LT, but depending on how and where you ride, the EXO-casing rubber might not. Expect the bike to go over 34lb with dual-ply tires installed, too.

Technical Report

KS LEV SI Dropper Post: I've had great luck with KS' seat posts over the years, but the LEV SI on the Fuji started feeling rough during my last few weeks on the bike, and then the collar started to back off during every other ride. It's still going up and down, but there's a fair bit of free play between the inner and outer tubes, too.

SRAM Code R Brakes: Big bikes deserve big brakes, and the Fuji's four-piston Code Rs are the ticket for a bike like this. Assuming you don't weigh 300lb, there's more than enough power for any rider out there, but they still have that easily controllable feel that I prefer.

MRP AMG V2 Chain Guide: More evidence that the Auric LT is made to go up against the clock. Who remembers when running a chain guide meant that everything rubbed everywhere and you had to bend it by hand to unjam the thing at least once a week? The nearly invisible AMG guide ran smoothly, silently, and drag-free during my months on the Auric LT, and I never once dropped a chain. What more do you need?

Honourable Mentions: Speaking of components being invisible, there are a bunch of them on the big Fuji that deserve a shoutout for simply doing what they're supposed to without any fuss. That's exactly how I'd sum up the 12-speed SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, and Fuji made the right call with a 32-tooth ring. The boring-looking but always reliable DT Swiss M1900 Spline wheelset was, get this, reliable yet again, and while I'd want sturdier rubber if I was racing, the EXO casing tires didn't give me any trouble.

Heel Rub: I never felt it while on the bike, but the photos clearly show that I've been rubbing my heels on the Auric LT's chainstays quite a bit. My cleat position is the same as ever, of course, so those with flipper feet should take note.



Pros

+ It's a $4,300 USD brave pill
+ Relatively versatile for an enduro bike
+ Feels incredibly solid
Cons

- There are better long-travel all-rounders (if you want an all-mountain bike)
- Heavy (but not for the price)



Is this the bike for you?

Probably not, to be completely honest, because while the Auric LT manages to hide its size and heft quite well, there's no getting around the fact that it best suits enduro racing. If that's your thing, and you also don't want to spend twice as much on a bike to get something that's never going to hold you back, then I take it back and it probably is for you. Yes, the Auric LT is more well-rounded than I expected it to be, but unless you're a real hardy soul who can't walk away from a line that seems unrideable, there are better choices if you're looking for an all-day all-mountain rig that you call your one and only bike.




Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesFuji might not be the coolest company around, but there's no arguing about the Auric LT's performance: This is a seriously fast, solid bike that won't hold anyone back, regardless of its price, color, and where it came from. But while it is surprisingly versatile, the Auric LT really is best suited to racing, or at least a rider whose main focus is going really, really fast. Mike Levy








187 Comments

  • + 84
 What a weird effing review.

"This is a great bike at a decent price. The components work well and it performs above expectations. Also don't buy it. "
  • + 3
 Wrong sized wheels init
  • + 10
 Yeah, looks like santa Cruz paid their monthly cheque just before this article
  • + 14
 Yep : some tested bikes were clearly boring or impefect and got away with it. This one manages to be just right and gets rejected.
  • + 4
 @mikelevy Can you speak a little more to this? Where does it fit in the spectrum of downhill ability vs. versatility in comparison to some other bikes you all have been on recently?
  • + 2
 Mike Levy has already stated before he's not a big fan of extreme longer-lower-slacker. He gets it, but for him, this bike is probably just too far into that territory for him to love it...
  • + 1
 @2d-cutout: So no one should buy a DH bike either?
  • + 1
 "Everybody hatin we just call 'em fans though"
  • + 3
 The other thing I'd like to hear @mikelevy talk about a bit more is this bikes' potential as a park bike. It seems like a lot of people are buying these super enduro bikes with the idea that they can be their lift served bikes as well and this would seem to make sense in that role.
  • + 40
 Imagine 70 big macs and that's how much this bike weighs.
  • + 67
 That sounds delicious.
  • + 22
 dang it booby
  • + 29
 I often imagine 70 big macs. Unattended. Possibly unwrapped, although the rapper is a delicacy in some circles.
  • + 2
 @mikelevy: Now imagine roughly 353 big macs, then you got you're weight in Big Macs.
  • + 5
 this should be the new international standard for weights
  • + 8
 72 big macs being fed to you by 72 virgins after you bomb that dh course
  • + 6
 I'm more of a Royal with Cheese fan myself.
  • + 1
 How many "royal's with cheese" is that?
  • + 5
 @zephxiii: royale* one of the best movies ever made
  • + 2
 OK, but how many Big Macs does an average north american weigh?
  • + 1
 @makripper: hands down, no hesitation - best movie ever for sure
  • + 1
 @jeffreylj: the sound track is on Spotify Wink
  • + 3
 @demoflight: it makes as much sense as the Imperial system
  • + 1
 @makripper: oops, pardon my 'Merica! Wink
  • + 1
 @CustardCountry: my exact reasoning lol
  • + 32
 I just got a job offer that would mean living at the base of NV's Bootleg Canyon. This is on my radar as a bike that I could pedal from my front door and still handle legit downhill terrain.

From the review it sounds like it would be just that (though I'd probably want a second bike for mellower days).
  • + 13
 What are people's thoughts on the other top $3-4000 bikes in that category? YT Capra? Canyon Torque/Strive? GG Megatrail? Transition Patrol?

Scott Ransom or SC Nomad/Megatower in lower end buids?
  • + 4
 @MarcusBrody: Climbed 1000hm in 1.5hrs+ yesterday on my YT Capra, and smashed downhill. Absolut blast, stable af. Uphill was fun too, no bobbing tho. Has grip, easy to navigate through technical sections, I am the limiting factor on this bike. And that I like very much. The seatpost is the most idiotic piece of engineering. I am gonna send the e13 dropper in for the second time next week. Overall, would buy again, also would recommend for a person like me.
Edit: they changed the dropper now to a SDG TELLIS.
  • - 7
flag sam264 (May 13, 2019 at 9:25) (Below Threshold)
 @MarcusBrody:
I'd never buy a direct sales brand so get rid of YT and Canyon.
I'd never buy a Scott as they seem unable to design a decent suspension platform without needed levers and cables everywhere.
SC Nomad and Megatower are solid in the lower build spec and pedal really really well - would recommend trying though as VPP isn't for everyone.

Can't say much about the GG, but everyone seems to love a patrol (their alu bikes are heavy as hell though).

That's my personal opinion anyhow.
  • + 4
 @MarcusBrody: the Capra, Patrol and Megatrail are BA bikes! Price wise for what you get the Capra is hard to beat. The Patrol is probably the best all arounder and the Megatrail is hell’s fun...
Not ridden the others you’ve mentioned.

I doubt you’d be disappointed with any.
  • + 9
 @MarcusBrody: I like the Giant Reign Adv 1 for nearly the same price as this Fuji. www.giant-bicycles.com/us/reign-advanced-1
  • + 7
 @MarcusBrody: I think this bike looks pretty good and I applaud Fuji for going for it. It looks like the GG Megatrail Ride 2 upgraded to RC SD RC3, Lyric, and GX is the same price ($85 more) with a listed weight of 30lbs. I don't know about the quality of droppers, but I think the SDG is better than the KS Lev SI.

Guerrilla Gravity is a great company with a super happy customer base, and if their carbon tech is as good as they say (they seem like very honest brokers), then the Megatrail looks to be a much better option with the same kit.

This price seems a bit too high for an aluminum frame bike from a 'price point' manufacturer.
  • + 1
 @MarcusBrody: Yes, that would be interesting. @mikelevy to me this read a bit like your Patrol review, except with the Patrol as more all-mountain/lively capable and the Fuji with its dh geo and corresponding behavior, but the Patrol has gotten a bit bigger etc, and there are others... Seconded @MarcusBrody
  • + 2
 Check out the Commencal Meta AM. Just did 20 miles and 3600 feet aboard mine yesterday.
  • + 17
 @sam264: Why would you never buy a Direct Sales bike? You're missing out, man. Anyone who rides a Santa Cruz, Specialized, Yeti, etc. gets taken for a damn ride with their pricing. $4,500 and I have a 31 pound enduro bike with Fox 36 Factory, DHX2, Eagle, Shimano Saints, Industry 9 wheels and hubs, and an extra $4k to spend on races and vacations.

If you don't need the constant support of a bike shop there is no reason to not buy consumer direct.
  • + 3
 @sam264: Very happy with the Scott Ransom - pedals very well in open mode, I never use the lever except when standing up on road climbs. Not trying to change your mind just a data point for others.
  • + 4
 @sam264: what dont you consider GG a direct sales brand?
  • + 1
 @preston67: How do you feel about it in the roughest of stuff? i have no doubt about its abilities under a great pilot, but I definitely feel the lower margin of error between a DH bike and my first gen Bronson at my level of riding.
  • + 3
 @spaztwelve: I do (virtually) love GG. I admit that my interest in the Fuji as opposed to the GG was partially contingent on the lower spec Fuji (and possible sales). It is a bit more aggressively geometry wise though.
  • + 1
 New Auric LT vs new Compulsion. Go.
  • + 3
 @MarcusBrody: I just got a radon swoop 170, 29 wheels, alu frame, progressive geometry and 2500 euros. Absolute bargain not to mention a beast of a bike. Well worth checking out. I am coming off a capra 27.5 which was great but the radon is literally blowing it away.
  • + 4
 @MarcusBrody: I hear you. They are a little bit different. Full disclosure: I put an order in on a GG Smash (hopefully arriving within the next two weeks). I had always intended on getting an aluminum one, but the big switch happened, so I pondered for a while and ultimately jumped in the mix.

I'm coming off a Commencal AMV4.2, which I consider a fantastic bike.

I'm not super familiar with all the other bikes you listed. I definitely went through their sites (the Transition looks really cool...though a bit heavy). All of them seem to be contenders, which makes it a difficult choice.

I suppose there's something a bit special about supporting a small(ish) company making their own frames.

With so many good choices these days, you really can't go wrong. The geos are so close that you will easily be able to get used to any bike in this range and enjoy the hell out of it.
  • + 2
 @gringo: The Swoop falls into the category of "forbidden fruit" along with the Spindrift for us US-based folks. It looks great though.
  • + 1
 @spaztwelve: Yeah if I take the job, I'll probably wait and see if I can either 1. find some demos 2. grab a super deal on any of them. I suspect they're all so good that whichever bike I end up on I'd be happy with. People don't love the first gen Bronson, but with the shock switched to a Topaz, I ride it for everything from trail to have a park and have a blast. I don't think I'm as bike sensitive as some.
  • + 1
 You're going to be the new snake wrangler out there? You'll be pretty busy.
  • + 1
 @gringo: I don't think the Radons are available in the US (could be wrong)
  • + 14
 @singlespeedgangster: The wife is the snake wrangler in our family.

Weirdly, no pun actually intended.
  • + 1
 @MarcusBrody: commencal am is great. I've done a few 40 milers with 8000+ feet of climbing on mine and it was surprisingly survivable.
  • + 1
 @CullenHerring: @skycripp: I actually was thinking about the Meta AM too. I just wasn't sure if it was more a all around bike with lots of travel than a DH lite bike that I could pedal. It might make more sense if I figured out that I was still going to be a one bike guy.
  • + 1
 @MarcusBrody: Yeah man, it's my one and only bike. I wouldn't have minded having a shorter travel bike on my 20 mile epic yesterday, but I'm in no hurry on the uphills and that 1x12 makes anything climbable. It's a killer bike.
  • + 1
 Bootleg is the shit if you live in so nev.
  • + 2
 @skycripp: and given the kind of personalities that work in bike shops, I strongly recommend everyone learn how to not depend on a bike shop.
  • - 4
flag NYShred (May 13, 2019 at 12:05) (Below Threshold)
  • + 2
 @NYShred: The Habit actually looks good for the type of everyday riding I currently do, but a 130mm 66 degree HTA bike isn't quite going to provide the forgiveness I'm looking for in DH level terrain.
  • + 4
 @MarcusBrody: RM Slayer? Big bike that can handle any kind of gnar and pedals back up to the top with relative ease for a long travel bike. I run mine @180mm up front and ride everything from grade 2/3 tracks with my kids up to 5/6 DH tracks. Never feels like Im over or under biked.
  • + 2
 As someone who rode bootleg canyon yesterday and only almost died once, I'd recommend a used DH bike if you plan on riding the front of the mountain. Keeps the wear and tear off a nicer trail bike. It seems like most people on the enduro trails are fine with 140-160 mm.
  • + 1
 @mdpetrie: A used DH bike and keeping my do it all bike is another option. I just think I'll ride a lot more if I don't have to shuttle.

I rented a Spec Enduro when I was out there for the interview and it was good for what I did ride. I didn't have a full face though, so I kept off the DH trails (save the bottom half of Reaper).
  • + 3
 Looks like my Aluminum Patrol gx that rocks, but mine came with Fox suspension, Code rsc's, and a 170 dropper for the same price.
  • + 1
 @bike-skate: bootleg is the shit no matter where you live
  • + 3
 @mtmc99:
I don't honestly know anything about GG.

Also I wouldn't consider direct sales as I work in a bike shop and have enough industry connections to never need to. Again, it's a personal thing.
  • + 1
 @spaztwelve: bummer, was not aware of that, oh well good excuse to book a biking trip over in Europe and get one ha ha
  • + 1
 @sam264: no worries. Your reasons for not going direct sales make sense, I was just wondering if GG wasn't lumped in for a particular reason.
  • + 3
 Bootleg is the karsty gnar. There is no soil. Buy a bike made of metal.
  • + 1
 I got my Ibis Ripmo NX for $4200.
There are so many nice carbon bikes in the $4000 to $4500 range i cant see anyone buying this bike.
in my opinion they will only sell them once they get heavily discounted at stores like Performance bike
  • + 13
 My reign carbon with DVO was 4400 at the beginning of this year, 4600 now...this doesn’t seem like that much of a deal? House brand wheelset is the only negative I’d see, and my medium was 30 pounds on the dot with the same tires as this. Way better warranty as well, and it’s not by a company that the owners just went under
  • + 12
 Giant has the best/lightest AL frame manufacturing hands down.
  • + 2
 Does your Reign have the geo and sizing of this bike?
  • + 3
 Agreed! The rear hub on the Reign Adv 1 is the only major complaint in my books.
  • + 2
 @jclnv:
Mines a degree steeper in the HA department which is a plus in my book, maybe not for others. The reign models with a 180 fork have the same HA. Idk what you mean by sizing, but theres plenty of frame sizes.

Similarly purposed bikes. Anything goes replacement for the first 2 years on the carbon front triangle in addition to the lifetime manufacturer defect warranty, so I’m not worried about beating it up either.

I’ve ridden the old mlink, obviously not the new one on this model so I can’t comment on that. All I’m saying is that I can’t really see the value in this particular model
  • - 1
 @parkourfan: Look at the reach numbers, fork offset, BB drop etc. This bike makes the Reign look generic.
  • + 2
 @jclnv:
Only place I’d want more BB drop is on a flow trail.

Reach/riding position is set up differently on the two bikes - reign is going to have a lower cockpit with a slacker seat angle.

I’m talking components and overall value here. If you think a few MM of fork offset and BB drop is going to make this bike a stable rocketship when it’s 3lbs heavier for the same purpose for a couple hundred bucks cheaper, that’s your prerogative

Personally, I’ll take the more generic (in my mind, proven), well thought out, well supported bike over a cool name brand or crazy geometry any day of the week.

I’m not here to talk shit about brands either, but man have I personally had some rough times with Fuji’s, from totally trash tri bikes to full sus MTB’s that had seized bearings after less than a season...
  • - 1
 @parkourfan: Funny enough I've seen more Trances with bearings welded into the rear end than any other bike. Not to mention premature shock wear from ridiculously flexy shock links.

More BB drop equals more stability. On steep descents this bike would be vastly more confidence inspiring than a Reign. I don't know what you mean when you say the Reign is going to have a lower cockpit? The headtube length on this bike is pretty low. Bottomline is this bike is a more boundary pushing Enduro race bike that I doubt is more than 1.5lbs heavier in frame weight than a Reign. I've got nothing against Giants (I have two of their road bikes) but you have to give Fuji credit for making a mass production bike with these numbers. They could easily have played it safe like Giant etc usually do.
  • + 1
 @jclnv:

More BB drop = more rock strikes and fewer places to put in a few pedal strokes. Mines low enough as it is, if this bike was a 29er with more travel id be down with more BB drop.

No offense to you or the bike, but I really don’t see this as a boundary pushing, paradigm changing bike, where there’s plenty of those on the market. It’s a few MM off the norm, on a heavy frame in a market where a direct to consumer bike is going to get better components, and the giant I personally like is going to be a better package overall.

Funnily enough, I’ve got no doubt I’ve had my hands on more trances, both newer models and old than you do, but this isn’t an epeen contest here. Giants had a one piece carbon link for the shock for a couple years now, so there’s no issues with side loading of shocks, and the rear end is up there in stiffness with anything else I’ve put time in on.

You want systemic side loading and quick wear of shocks, get a yoke driven FSR design. From the epic to the enduro, I’ve never seen more premature bushing wear under people who actually ride their bikes.

I have two riders on anthems where the Rockshox sid (‘19) and a Fox 34 (‘1Cool show bushing wear on the stanchions before the rear shock does. I’ve had multiple OEM shimano BB’s seize before any of the linkage bearings go, and the only systematic problem I’ve seen on the maestro link is the hardware seems to back out more often than other brands, but that’s fixed with using a torque wrench once a season...
  • + 0
 @parkourfan: Apart from the Stumpy Evo what bike is available with this geo at this price point?

For someone who knows what numbers they want this is a great option. BB height is subjective. Better cornering and stability V's more pedalling opportunities? I know what I'd pick. Anyway I'm not interested in this or the Reign as 29" is massively superior to me. However, credit where credits due to Fuji for pushing the geo and sizing.
  • - 1
 @jclnv:

Who wants this exact geo or these numbers? Fuji isn’t pushing anything crazy here.

Didn’t say super boundary pushing bikes were in the same price bracket, that’s on you. If you want a bike that’s going to be drastically, life changingly different from mass market, you gotta pay for it.

If 15mm or so of BB drop, a few mm of fork offset and a different reach number on paper makes you think this is worth it over a similarly intentioned/priced, three pound lighter bike from an actually reputable company that didn’t just go bankrupt is what you need to have fun and go fast, that’s all you...but, apparently you need 29er wheels to feel like a hot little racerboy, so none of this applies to you regardless
  • - 1
 @parkourfan: Hang on, so you work in the industry and you don't think the geo differences of this bike over Reign numbers would have little impact on its ride characteristics? With all due respect you should look for a different job as all these numbers in combination will equal a bike that rides totally different to generic Giant/Trek etc geo.

Yes 29" is faster. That was widely accepted years ago by most except the guys at Giant who thought the wheelsize would have died out by now lol If you ever met their R&D guys around that time you'd know why. Totally clueless. Good to see they've finally started making contemporary bikes in the new Trance. Unfortunately they're in a compromise with travel and rear centre length with Maestro. Maybe they'll go back to the ATX design now the patent has expired.
  • + 3
 @jclnv:
The average rider isn’t going to notice a massive difference in those geometry changes is what I’m saying. If you grabbed a random bunch of people off a lift at a park and put them on a bike with an angleset and offset bushings to change the HA and BB drop by a degree/a few MM and did a few laps back to back, for some reason I highly doubt most of them are actually going to notice a real difference in ride quality.

Maybe being in the industry has made me a bit cynical about how good riders actually are at noticing things about their bikes, given that I’ll have sweet bikes of all sorts come through the door after a season of riding with headsets loose, seized pivot hardware, seized BB, a pedal body that’s half undone coming unthreaded from the crank and they just polished off a regional enduro series like that and don’t think anything’s wrong. Riders with national/worlds titles who don’t notice they’ve been riding on a cracked, flat rim and a half siezed fork for months. People simply just aren’t as in tune with their bikes as they think they are imo. I’m not saying there isn’t a clear difference on paper here, I’m saying that small geometry changes will literally go unnoticed by the majority of people on a bike. Probably an unpopular opinion, but it takes a pretty big change in wheelbase, head angle, or BB height for an average rider to be able to say exactly what’s changed.

In my opinion, suspension kinematics/quality are what you’ll notice in feel when comparing this wünderbike geometry to trek, specialized, etc. more so than the small geometry changes. That’s a part of a bike that a small change is something you can feel

A pro rider is going to be faster than you or me on whatever bike regardless, and every properly fast mountain biker I’ve spent time with can make just about anything work, so it’s not just average riders. Minuscule changes in geometry shouldn’t be what riders should be worrying about year to year...

Only a specialized fanboy would be whining about needing a stupid short chainstay length, btw
  • + 1
 @jclnv: Agree that this bike would be noticeably better handling than generic Giant/Trek geometry, especially on the steep downhills. Giant isn't terrible, they are only guilty of being generic. I don't think they've ever once had a progressive idea for mountain bikes.
They copy what others do, make it light, slap on some genericly flashy graphics, then wait for the next trend and react slowly to it or don't notice at all. Want an enduro bike with 175mm cranks? Buy a Giant!
  • + 16
 I like the look of the bike but considering my AL Nukeproof mega was half the price, i'm not sure this is really worth it.
  • + 13
 Which Nukeproof did you get? Their prices seem to change monthly, as well as varying by country. It’s like they spin a wheel on the 1st to set a price.
  • + 4
 @powderturns: If you're looking to buy through CRC, I see that you're Canadian so I'll save you some time. I was researching getting my kid a new 24" bike and was looking at some Vitus bikes they always have on there for a good deal... anyway long story short... the duties, taxes & shipping for importing a complete bike into Canada is about 33%... so factor that in when looking at prices.

This is why the online buy companies (YT, Commencal, etc) all have Canadian branches).
  • + 1
 @powderturns: where are you seeing the price fluctuate? Thought the price at the Canadian nukeproof dealer Canada Cycles on Vancouver island have stayed the same
  • + 1
 @powderturns: I got my mega 275 from CRC and i didn't see any price fluctuation but they do drop the prices.
  • + 1
 @jazzawil: it's been a while, but about a year ago, I would look at the CRC site and prices did seem to vary. Possible it's in my head, but I do recall seeing some incredible deals at have since gone away.
  • + 2
 @powderturns: CRC prices move with the currency conversion so it would rarely be the same price. Not noticeable on cheaper gear but could seem dramatic on a bike that's a few thousand dollars!
  • + 15
 I can see Wyclef and Lauren shredding these...
  • + 12
 Only one time though.
  • + 4
 Take your upvote and get out.
  • + 14
 63.5° and 170mm up front...Enduro?
What would a modern Freeride bike be?
  • + 7
 I say F*ck it, its a Freeride bike
  • - 5
flag fruitsd79 (May 13, 2019 at 13:55) (Below Threshold)
 It's obviously downcountry. Just ask Randy.
  • + 1
 Not with that kind of reach
  • + 3
 Cube Hanz is really the only "freeride" bike that comes to mind. The voltage and the darkside seem to have been discontinued.

You can use whatever bike you want for jumps and tricks and messing around, and most manufacturers are realizing they can sell enduro bikes in the place of strict freeride bikes that most people would never buy. SuperEnduro has taken over the freeride market. Process 165, Giant Reign SX, Commencal Clash, Canyon Torque, Capra Pro Race are all good options, pick your poison.
  • + 12
 A wise man climbs Fuji once. Only a fool climbs it twice - Japanese proverb
  • + 20
 Do the Japanese realize that if you climb a second time, you can shred downhill a second time too?
  • + 9
 I have had my Fuji for 3 years now and must say for a low key company they put out decent bikes for the price. I don't need all the bells and whistles for twice the amount of $$$. To each his own.
  • + 9
 I thought Fuji was a value brand? The Canyon Strive is carbon, 1lb lighter, and under $4k.
  • + 2
 compare the components. It's not all about the frame.
  • + 6
 @mikelevy, this review's main text seems way more positive about the bike than the conclusion. I don't quite understand why. Care to explain that in a bit more detail?
My first mtb was a Fuji, so I still have a soft spot for them despite their lackluster offerings of the recent years.
  • + 3
 I think because its a Great bike for racers. For an average Joe who never reaches those speeds, the bike will be sluggish and Not playful at all And most people arent racing.
  • + 9
 I know I'm maturing as a rider when I pay attention to tge climbing section of a review.
  • + 1
 Funny it's the opposite for me, but I used to race road competitively.
  • + 4
 @jordanaustino: it's okay dude, we all make mistakes ;-)
  • + 7
 Ridiculously long reach and ridiculously short chain stays. Good luck loading the front wheel for corners on this bike! With that fc/rc imbalance I would be catastrophically understaffing a lot.
  • + 1
 Agreed!!! Unless you're really short and on a small size frame
  • + 0
 that's not ridiculously long, if you want the ridiculously long reach get the Nicolai G1. Size L got 515mm and WB of 1300mm. The chain stays are really short, could be out of balance because of that. 450mm would suite the bike way better but they also have this slack seat tube. makes no sense at all with a long reach like that.
  • + 0
 My chainstays are 10mm shorter with a wheelbase 12mm shorter (415mm resp 1225mm) than this Fuji in size M. Always hard to compare sagged geometries of course, so this is all unsprung. I feel my bike is spot on and balanced so I suppose the same goes for this one. It does matter where you are on the pedals though. I have my midfoot over the axle. Those who have their feet more rearwards (typically those clipped in or on very concave pedals) will experience this balance differently though.
  • + 2
 @vinay: well maybe because I tend to lean forward I feel like this bike here is out of balance. My current rig got 445mm reach and and stays. Feeling comfortable but still not enough reach. I need something between 470 and 500 with 450/460 stays.
People don't understand that with those long reaches we need a seat way forward. Steep seat angles make it possible to sit more relaxed and also better for cranking out the same amount of watt's more easily on the uphill.
I am 177cm tall and I even found an XL frame with 535 mm reach was comfortable with a seat angle of 79°. I would not want to ride it down because the front is way to hard to lift with this long reach for me.
  • + 0
 @Serpentras: I don't climb seated so I won't comment on that. If the rear is relatively short with respect to the front it may be hard to load the front (causing it to wander or lift on steep climbs) whereas when it is the other way around the rear wheel may spin out or may be hard to unload to get over obstacles. For me my balance is fine as it is. But in my case forces go through hands and feet. For someone climbing seated I can imagine there will be more rearwards weight bias and longer chainstays may be required.
  • + 6
 This is the Anna Nicole Smith of enduro bikes— slightly heavy, but some people won’t mind!
  • + 5
 Marin Alpine Trail 8...3699 usd...just saying. I know it's a 29er and has NX but if you are looking at this price point its worth considering.
  • + 5
 470 reach in a medium is long. That's pole sizing. What size did you test Levy?
  • + 1
 He tested a medium
  • + 1
 I agree the Auric LT is longer than normal, but it's nowhere near Pole sizing. When considering reach, you need to also look at stack. Just as you have to look at both effective and actual seat tube angles when thinking about climbing position, you have to look at two measurements to get the full picture.

I'll calculate what the reaches would be at the same stack, normalizing to the average stack of all bikes in the past six years. Note how the crazy high stack on the Pole increases its normalized reach.

Fuji Auric LT
S: 437
M: 461
L: 486
XL: 510

Pole Machine
S: 473
M: 503
L: 533
XL: 558
  • + 1
 @R-M-R: I got the Auric LT and its low stack is a big downfall of the bike in my opinion. I put all the headset spacers under the stem, got a 40mm rise Renthal bar and it's still a bit low. Other than that, the bike rides beautifully
  • + 1
 @nhp890: I agree. My Bird AM9 has more stack than your Auric LT and I could do with more. Comparing the Auric LT and Machine is interesting because they represent one of the lowest and the longest stacks among comparable bikes, resulting in such large differences between their actual reach and normalized reach measurements.
  • + 1
 No kidding! Their medium is as long or quite a bit longer than most size large frames and even some XLs. Heck that large is nearly as long as an XL Scott Ransom. (And at 5'11 I cant get anywhere close to comfortable on an XL Ransom.)
  • + 1
 @nhp890: is yours the 2019? It’s not even available to dealers yet in the US
  • + 1
 @HurricaneCycles: yes, 2019. European models are slightly different, i.e. matt black fork with stealth decals rather than the glossy fork with white decals as shown here. It stands to reason that availability differs as well. I've been waiting on mine since October 2018, it arrived last week
  • + 2
 I noticed this under the image ..."The low-offset fork crown surely helps when you're faced with a tight switchback climb, but you'll still need to go as wide as possible.". My '18 Transition Scout came with a "low offset" Fox 36...I didn't pay it any mind as I hadn't ever considered different fork offsets before, but riding the new Scout compared to my old one, it felt awful! Turned slow, felt lunky and dead...I also had to use a longer stem in order to be comfortable.
I swapped the fork from my other Scout and the life came into the '18. I now have a new "normal" offset fork on the '18 at 44mm, and the Scout feels like the bike I wanted it to be..way more snappy, easier to jump and pop around, and I feel way more "at home" on it.
So I have to question the use of these low-offset forks...as you stated "wide as possible" is due to the slow turning. It's like trying to make a 27.5 steer like a 29. ....Why? I guess for committed downhill stuff it's fine since you're keeping a faster, generally straighter line, but on trails with turns and tech it seems to me a more lively and faster turning bike is better.
  • + 1
 The new SBG Scout is longer and slacker than the old one, hence the low offset fork. It's bound to feel different.
  • + 1
 @kingtut87: yes, that's obvious. But my point has more to do with the low offset fork and how it affects the ride quality of the bike and how the Fuji was reviewed to need a wide turn. This is what I experienced with the Scout and the low offset and by swapping to a normal offset the ride was much better, at least to me and why I like the Scout to begin with. So, my guess is the Fuji may have a more nimble turning radius with a different offset fork.
As I stated in my comment it seems to me the low offset makes a 27.5 handle more like a 29. It seems like the current trend with bikes is to make them more stable, planted, solid, and roll over things easier...in a way dumbing down trail riding
  • + 1
 @GlassGuy: I suspect the slow turning up hill is more to do with the huge wheel base than the shorter offset fork. Without it, I reckon this bike would be a bit of a handful at slow speeds given the very slack head angle.

I'm honestly surprised you improved your Scouts handling by using a standard offset fork, given that Transition spec the lower offset fork to balance out the vague and floppy feel slack angles often create.
  • + 1
 In geometry chart image, there is 37mm states as Fork Offset. For 27.5 wheel it must be making quite a long trail value. That's why @mikelevy said the front-end becomes much more lively when reaching 'eye tearing' speeds. At lower speeds, that are usual for average rider (for whom this bike probably is not designed), long trail makes slower unresponsive steering.
  • + 1
 @kingtut87: When I got my first Scout I sold my other bikes(two Santa Cruz carbon). The Scout was the fun, flicky, poppy ripper I've been looking for and it's all I'd want to ride. I've snapped the chainstay three times so the guys at Transition were suggesting I get an '18. So, I finally did, and it's a beautiful bike. But, in comparison it didn't feel at all what I was expecting to match in ride quality. I was considering selling it shortly after I got it and find a '17 so I'd still have two Scouts. But I swapped forks and yep....it was all about that little change in offset. In my opinion I feel like Transition has done the bike a disservice by putting the low offset fork on these bikes, or even making drastic geo changes to what was a fantastic bike...it takes all the fun out of it(it rode the the SC and VPP suspension..kind of dead), and that's what the Scout was known for....a fun bike!. I don't live in a mountainous area so I'm not looking for longer, drawn out turns, and even when I travel somewhere I still like finding little features to bounce and pop off of. The bike turned like a larger wheel, and I also have zero interest in riding a 29 bike. So I have to question why bike companies are stocking bikes with these newer style of forks....I feel like the trend is to make trails easier to ride...bikes more stable, planted.
The new Scout still feels like a bigger bike(it is physically, but also feels more stout)..the older one almost feels like a BMX when compared, but at least the '18 feels more similar and loose. It's my dedicated travel bike while the older one is my local basher and street bike.
  • + 1
 @fluider: Isn't that essentially what a 29 wheel would also do? I don't understand the desire to make the smaller wheel less responsive. If this bike is solely meant for an enduro racer with the only goal getting down as fast as possible then I can't imagine Fuji would be selling a lot of bikes.
  • + 1
 @GlassGuy: Perhaps of the wheelbase? I thought the scout 18 was more longer. That’s why it isn’t playful
  • + 1
 @Farizshj: yes, it is a bit longer and taller, but I hadn't considered all that when I got it...I assumed Transition would be keeping the Scout riding like it was known for...seems like a stupid idea to take away what made the bike so liked. But, the low offset fork also adds to the "deadening" of the bike. Now that I have a 44mm offset fork on it I'm keeping the bike since it rides better(to me). I may need to buy a couple '17 Scouts just so I have these fun bikes in reserve before all the fun is taken away! ha ha
  • + 4
 Wtf? When i saw $4300 and Fuji and aluminum I expected top specs. But a lyrik rc, GX eagle, code brakes? Uhhhhh not sure who Fuji thinks it is but it's very wrong.
  • + 1
 The Auric LT 1.3 also has some solid value at $3499. Personally it'll be hard for me not to buy a Process AL/DL 29er during Jenson's spring "wtf are these prices" sale.

But the 1.3 is spec'd the way I like it. And the Auric is fast. And it's not a 29er. Bingo Bango.
  • + 2
 So let me get this straight. This is a “surprisingly versatile” bike, with a 170mm fork, that’s pretty heavy that you don’t recommend I buy because it’s kinda a one-trick-pony.....riiiiiiight...
  • + 2
 I can confirm the m link is a great performing suspension platform. I climbed some serious stuff in a Breezer and was blown away (had that pun just happened all by itself). The Auric seems to be a good entry.
  • + 5
 Meh just buy a trek remedy 8
  • + 4
 Think I'd rather buy a bike from a company I'm reasonably confident will still exist next year.
  • + 16
 They have been arround for quite a long time, mate! Theyr bikes might be a very rare sight in US, but not so much in europe.
  • + 9
 @Keepiru: their parent company is in bankruptcy proceedings
  • + 3
 @tylenoljones: that's just Fuji USA.
  • + 2
 @tylenoljones: They were acquired by new owners in February, but yeah I would be apprehensive about purchasing an entirely new bike from a company that has a shaky outlook.
  • + 4
 @vitesse, their new owners include Tiger Capital Group, the retail salvage firm which liquidated Circuit City and Toys R Us.
  • + 2
 Everything looks good but I can't tell if I like or hate those chainstay pivots.
  • + 5
 @Phillyenduro: which are definitely two places id buy a bike from
  • + 3
 @Phillyenduro: I knew it was two companies going in together to purchase them, but didn't know the history. Welp, RIP.
  • + 1
 I know close to zero people have ridden one but the M-Link aspect of this bike is being way overlooked. At a given travel it may be one of the best pedaling systems out there. I'd definitely take it over a VPP bike any day of the week. Super efficient almost no pedal feedback and active braking.
  • + 1
 I own one and I was very impressed with its climbing abilities for what it is
  • + 4
 Literally a Transition with a redesigned chain stay pivot... Probably rips
  • + 4
 What is supposedly wrong with the colour?
  • + 0
 Hum... well... you`re probably daltonian ;-)
  • + 2
 ballsy for them to charge $4300 after having been "off the radar" for so long
(yeah yeah I know they've been around, but who's been riding them?)
  • + 3
 4300 isn't that much for that kind of build and sponsoring well known riders would probably make the price go up..
  • + 3
 According to this sizing, my current size large downhill bike is a size small.
  • + 2
 Quite a damning conclusion.. No, this bike isn't for you.. Whoever your are in this massive audience
  • + 2
 Nice, another option for a low to mid budget race rig. Sensible spec, no obvious weakpoints.
  • + 2
 To who is 4300 a low budget build, man I wish I could be a dentist.
  • + 2
 @krattAtak: Well, maybe not low budget, but looking at what you pay for any other enduro bike with good spec that is not direct to consumer, this one is quite decent.
  • - 2
 @Ttimer: no. You can get the new canyon strive, carbon, for $600 less with the same build.
  • + 3
 Fuji... looks pretty decent, but I have never been a fan.
  • + 1
 Thanks @mikelevy !
Please tell me a review of the rakan is coming!?
Seems like your kinda ride...
  • + 1
 What the hell is going on with the chainstay length and stack height on this thing....the XL probably feels super weird.
  • + 1
 The chainstay length feels great, but the stack height does not... This bike takes some fiddling to get the riding position right
  • + 1
 @mikelevy I got this bike last week and no water bottle fits on my size medium. What bottle cage and bottle did you use?
  • + 2
 Now if only they did a Rakan LT...
  • + 2
 I'd like to see a raw alu version of this.
  • + 0
 Oooooh yes!!! These colors are a pure sabotage.
  • + 2
 its look like transition sbg to me
  • + 1
 The $4300 in the tagline tries to make this sound like a deal. That still costs $5794 in Canada. $6192 AUD. Yikes!
  • + 1
 Most awkward ending to a review ever. It climbed surprisingly well and feels like a DH bike... but it's not for you because its not my ideal bike. Ok.
  • + 2
 Can I buy it at performance with my team points?
  • + 1
 Been having the same problems with the KS Lev Si that shipped on my Meta Tr 29...super disappointed
  • + 1
 Not knocking that bike, that's a darn nice looking bike and I'm sure it rides well but, $4K for a Fuji? hard to justify
  • + 1
 Cons - $4,300..........(Intense "Tracer" $4,390) Smile
  • + 2
 Nice looking bike
  • + 1
 This frame looks identical to the Transition Sentinel
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