Fuji Bikes Launches New Auric LT

Sep 25, 2018 at 8:49
by Fuji Bicycles  

PRESS RELEASE: Fuji Bicycles



After three years of rigorous testing on the EWS circuit, and with a completely new and updated approach to geometry design, Fuji is releasing the Auric LT.


We combined 170mm of front suspension and 160mm of M-Link® travel, with progressive modern geometry to make the Auric LT a super aggressive bike that can also efficiently pedal back to the top.


Fuji Factory rider Jimmy Smith
bigquotesRide every descent, send every feature, then pedal back to the top

This is a do-it-all bike that can replace a downhill rig, boasting a 63.5° head tube angle, a reduced-offset fork, 27.5" wheels, and wide-range gearing. Ride every descent, send every feature, then pedal back to the top. The Auric LT is an incredibly capable bike that's more affordable than most competitor models. Use the cash you save to buy a bike park pass or a year's supply of post ride beverages - it's time to have more fun on a Fuji!




Our Fuji Factory rider, Amy Morrison, has already been proving the capabilities of this bike- not only by winning two pro downhill races on the Auric LT, but also winning both of the most pedally stages at the competitive EWS Continental Enduro race at Northstar and finishing off her stellar season as the overall EWS North American Continental Champion.


Fuji Factory rider Amy Morrison

It definitely handles high speed and chunky descents with ease, but also shines as an efficient pedaler. Pro Fuji racer Jimmy Smith has also been putting the bike through the paces and sending it huge at bike parks and gnarly trails across the USA.







Auric LT 1.1
$4699


Auric LT 1.3
$3799


The Auric LT is coming soon to a Fuji retailer near you.
Learn more about your next bike here at Fujibikes.com.


MENTIONS: @FujiMTB



95 Comments

  • + 73
 What the hell?! Those are Schwalbe's Magic Mary and Hans Dampf but with Maxxis branding! Someone got carried away with photoshopping.
  • + 18
 When you do the photo shoot before the OEM spec's are locked down so you have to photoshop the minions on
  • + 11
 Some truly shameful photoshopping too...
  • - 6
flag casman86 (Sep 25, 2018 at 14:37) (Below Threshold)
 Haha! What a cheesy ass bike company this is to do something like that.
  • - 2
 This is completely on par with what I'd expect from Fuji and their dealers.
  • + 5
 @casman86 and @shinook both ride Huffy's
  • + 2
 f'n hysterical, good catch.
  • + 2
 They could have at least photoshop'd non-OEM (i.e. yellow) hot patches with 3C compounds...
  • + 6
 "Photo-shopped Minions, da da da, I don't care about your opinions."*

*Remix by islandforlife, licence courtesy of IFHT, copyright, etc..
  • + 4
 I'm here to talk about the tires too. Nerd Alert!
  • + 4
 I've seen worse in most bike companies' catalogues. Haibike once released a photo of a bike with the stanchions and crown of a Rock Shox and lowers of a Fox
  • - 2
 @DIGorSHUTup: How's your job at Fuji? Actually I ride the exact bike that this is a shit copy of. The real version doesn't have broken chainstays.
  • + 15
 We did change the spec, yes. That is not the correct tread, no. We're less concerned with the tread in a product image and more concerned about how the bike actually rides- and it's pretty damn fun when you get the real tires on real dirt.
  • + 2
 @FujiMTB: yep! Second that
  • + 45
 4700 bones for an aluminum enduro bike with GX Eagle and M1900 wheels? GTF outta here with that crap. If you can get an alu Bromad with similar spec for 4300 and Carbon model for 4500 why even bother?
  • + 17
 I hope Fuji reads the Pinkbike comments (especially this one) and realizes they done messed up!
  • + 4
 Agreed.......2019 Reign Adv 1 - Carbon frame with DVO, GX for $4400. Not sure I understand the "value" in the Fuji?
  • + 4
 @OzarkBike: Yea but that seat tube angle from a 1987 hardtail has the Reign over on the sidelines.... At least Giant has their paint/colors under control this year!!
  • + 3
 I though bikes were meant to get cheaper...
  • + 8
 Capra would be a much better buy also, Capra CF Pro for that price... Geeze Fuji, stick with apples!
  • + 2
 @EliasFritzen: And they have, you just have to know where to look... @Joesuph At least it doesn't come with NX level or similar, which I've seen on all too many expensive bikes...
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: true story!
  • + 1
 @stiingya: I hear ya...but the seat angle does not bother me on a medium size with a "normal" amount of post showing. My saddle is in the on the forward-side of middle of the rails. It seems to affect the taller, high saddle riders more so.
Giant corrected this on the new Trance 29 it seems. On the Tranne 29 I now push my saddle backside of middle.
  • + 2
 @mtbikeaddict: Hmm yea like yt or canyon
  • + 2
 @jdsusmc: you get a quite highend carbon bike over at yt so why tf should anybody buy one...seriously
jeffsy is even better in my opinion…..
  • + 2
 @paulherrmann: I 100% agree. I friggin love my Jeffsy CF Pro. Lot of bike for the buck.
  • + 17
 uuu new tires from maxxis? magic minion photoshop edition
  • + 7
 Something I think manufacturers need to keep in mind with “new school” geometry is keeping the ETT relatively short via a steeper EFFECTIVE seat tube. The seat tube angle measurement on this in the large is 75 but just looking at the pics the effective seat tube is nothing near that and that’s reflected in the fairly long ETT at 651. The reach at 490 is great for out of the saddle work when your aggressive on the front but combine the long ETT with super short at 425 chainstays plus slack head angle to me says the bike could be a bit of a wheelie machine on the climbs. Not to mention possibly stretching out a rider in the saddle too much.
Just my thoughts!! For instance Pole bikes do a good job of off setting long reaches with steep ST angles therefore giving shorter ETT in a given size. They also combine it with longer chainstays to centre the rider in the bike more!
  • + 7
 This is how you separate the bandwagon manufacturers from the guys who actually understand what riders want- Nobody ever asked for longer ETT, we asked for longer reach. And super short chainstays aren't always a "must have".
  • + 1
 With those short CSs it's going to be a wheelie machine uphill. Shame as the geo looked good otherwise. Better to spend the coin on a Pole or Geometron who know what they're on about. Nought wrong with a long chain stay.
  • + 1
 In addition you are going to struggle to weight the front wheel with such a short CS and slack HA.
  • + 9
 When will the reach wars end? I bought a newer bike to size up; it was a large in 2015, size small today.
  • + 7
 I hope they keep going. The daddy longlegs need a bike that fits too.
  • + 4
 The thing about the Reach Wars is that they were never really about reach at all.
  • + 8
 ....Looks like a Patrol?
  • + 5
 But with better colors. That green is moooooooney
  • + 1
 So true
  • + 5
 We all want a super aggressive bike right?
Nothing says fun like super aggressive.
  • + 3
 you mean 50 degree HA aren't fun?
  • + 1
 @vtracer: rd thing looks fast. Fast is fun
  • + 8
 @vtracer: "Who's motorcycle is this?"
"It not a motorcycle, baby, it's a chopper"


"Who's chooper is this?"
  • + 2
 @Danntana78: Who's Zed?
  • + 3
 @stevegoodie:

Zed's dead baby
  • + 4
 @stevegoodie: zed's dead
  • + 1
 So if a Fuji Auric LT and a Jamis Hardline were on bike stands without stickers/logo's and you never saw either of them before/didn't know what they were and someone told you to go over and get the new "Hardline" which bike would you come back with...











(Bonus points if you didn't see a DH bike and didn't come back with either...)

Smile
  • + 1
 As a former Fuji rider I will speak for the quality for the money. I will also admit that I thought the first generation Auric was a nice looking bike. But this...it just seems weird. Don’t give me a sales pitch, I want specs and numbers. This is a weak sauce ad, not a product release.
  • + 2
 Click the link at the end of the article. All specs and numbers are on their site. (No idea why they wouldn't include them here, though...)
  • + 2
 @milken As a Fuji ride myself, I can tell you the new Auric is a massive improvement to their first Auric 2 years ago, in all good ways. Go test one! Smile
  • + 6
 But cheaper
  • + 5
 They copied the Patrol on a LOT of numbers.
  • - 2
 But the Patrol copied the Megatrail on a LOT of numbers so....
  • + 7
 @stiingya: I just looked it up to see what you were talkin about, and they're not even close to similar. Patrol is 64° HA with 37mm offset fork. Megatrail is a 65.5/66.2 HA with standard fork and an entirely different suspension configuration. This Fuji copies the Patrol's geometry almost exactly, only changing a few millimeters or .5° here and there. Has the same suspension layout and they even made it look the same in the headtube junction and seat tube gusset. It just seems like a more primitive knock off.
  • - 1
 @stiingya: Looking closer they have a strange location for the pivot on the chainstays, that's the only unique thing I see about their design, but seems like a bad idea for a few reasons.
  • + 4
 @casman86: First, It's not like Fuji waited for Transition to release the latest Patrol and then went and designed their new bike. That's just stupid... gearing up for production takes way to long for that to have happened.

Second, if your going to go quoting/comparing "actual numbers" there are just as many spec's that are totally different as there are that match or are close. And many of those spec's are shared with dozens of other bikes.

Third, that half of a degree change in HA might make all the world of difference in how the bike rides when combined with other geo numbers that differ greatly. Read any review of a Ripmo and your likely to hear how surprising the ride is compared to looking at the geo chart. (Ripmo's are sweet!)

Fourth, I don't really think Transition copied the mega. My point is that the Patrol isn't some kind of Geometry Virgin Birth. Modern mountain bike geometry has been slowly but surely progressing since Gary Fisher started messing with it. (thank god!) Transition might be the first company to mass market reduced offset and slacker head tube angles? But they are for sure not the first to use it.

In the end it's too bad more of us didn't buy a Geometron back in 2015 and saved a lot of money in new frame costs!!
  • + 2
 @casman86: For all I know the pivot point on the Fuji was just another way around the Horst link patent and anything else on the M link is just marketing speak? (though it seems like it came out when the horst link patent expired?? But I don't know) BUT please enlighten us with the "few reasons it's a bad idea"...

Also, the V2 mega is a horst link just like the Patrol. Not "entirely different" at all. On second thought, maybe you should keep your "few reasons" to yourself cause if you can't spot pretty normal looking horst link I'm not sure your qualified to tell anyone why their pivot location is a bad idea...
  • + 2
 I am excited to see so many bike company's in the geo range that I like. It truly gives the consumer a lot of options. I also really like that blue they have going on.
  • - 3
 Yeah but might as well get the real thing, Transition, and get the good customer service along with it.
  • + 1
 @casman86: but the 2019 Patrol is butt ugly. You don't want that, do you?
  • + 1
 WOW a FREAKING 450mm reach on the small ! well that means this bike is too big for me and im 5'5 not that uncommon of a height! *sarcastic clapping* well done Fuji!
  • + 2
 I'm 5'5 and ride a Medium, don't let the reach fools you Smile
  • + 1
 im more interested in the maxxis minion mary tires.. then i saw the geo.. wow way to go fuji def one step above the current 65 ha trend.. lets keep bringing these dh trail bike shapes to fruition..
  • + 4
 Breeze did the chainstay pivot what does he know.
  • + 1
 You should give it a try, everyone I know that rode the MLink came back with a smile and really enjoyed it. More traction, everywhere!
  • + 3
 Damn,,, thats actually really, really nice!!
  • + 3
 Bike looks great! I saw Amy shredding on hers at the NAEC.
  • + 0
 Do not buy this bike or any Fuji. Worst bike purchase I have ever made was the Fuji I have now. They do not care about their riders - their customer service/warranty department is the worst.
  • + 2
 It's one of the best I've come across in Europe though. Customer service is one of the biggest reasons to buy a Fuji bike here.
  • + 2
 Reminds me of a turner for some reason although I still think the best bang for your buck is the yt
  • + 1
 A Turner? Dave designs bikes that make sense, not this type of ridiculousness.
  • + 2
 Looks nice, Would like to ride one.
  • + 1
 I'd ride that. The chainstay link is suspect for me being a heavier rider but all in all I like it.
  • + 1
 Fuji is Transition Patrol of smoker. Reach smoker)))
  • + 1
 nothing on the ellsworth truth style chain stay pivots?
  • + 1
 Looks like the older TR patrol's
  • + 0
 Finally, bike sizing using the seat tube length, the way it should be. 15" frame is the perfect size from my experience.
  • + 1
 Killer geos. Killingly expensive. Killed before launch. So sad.
  • + 1
 Would have loved a little clip of the travel path of this ones suspension.
  • + 1
 the cheaper one has the fox suspension? is that a photoshop error aswell?
  • + 0
 Yeah what? Cheaper version is the one to get, the expensive one only has the lyric RC, not even RC2
  • + 1
 @rockchomper, it was the same for the Focus SAM, so I don't know where exactly is the error, but seems not to be in the photoshop.
  • + 1
 You do realize it's Rhythm and Performance, not Performance Elite?
  • + 2
 Nailed it fuji
  • + 1
 Dope bikes for a fair price. Good on them
  • + 1
 why Is chainstay broken in the middle?
  • + 1
 That blue and yellow one looks rad AF!
  • + 1
 Can't wait to ride on one. The tires look great.
  • - 1
 hahahaha that tire mistake should tell you everything you need to know about the brand Fuji !!!!
  • + 0
 cool transition
  • - 2
 After three years of hard coping of Trek - we are proud to announce Fuji!
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