Over the weekend I was lucky to get out on the new 2015 Altamira 1.1 road bike from Fuji! This is essentially the same bike that is ridden in the Pro Tour by Team NetApp-Endura. Fuji took full advantage of its pro racers’ knowledge, resulting in a frame that’s competitive at the highest levels. The tapered head tube and massive, oversized bottom bracket shell provide incredible stiffness under power, yet unlike many race bikes, it benefits from thoughtful details that enhance the all-day comfort. Its shapely carbon fiber construction keeps it feathery-light, and bears much of the responsibility for making the Altamira the race-rocket that it is. Being built up on a full Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed component group doesn’t hurt either! Sun & Ski has been an authorized Fuji dealer for several seasons now and we are totally impressed with their incredible bicycles! Fuji built its race-ready Altamira from a high-modulus C15 carbon fiber blend. This particular blend is capable of producing incredibly low tube weights that deliver a stiff yet compliant road feel. By working with professional riders, Fuji’s engineers were able to tweak the carbon tube shapes for an optimal, race-tuned feel. They kept the lower portion of the chassis stiff by mating the large down tube and chain stays to an oversized press-fit BB86 bottom bracket. The enlarged junction created an ultra-stiff pedaling platform, which, means an efficient transfer of power directly into your rear wheel. Fuji mated the massive down tube to a tapered top tube, enhancing steering precision. Slender seat stays smooth out the road feel, avoiding the harsh ride that sometimes characterizes frames of this caliber. The fork Fuji developed specifically for the Altamira was molded from a lightweight FC-330 carbon layup. Below its tapered carbon steerer, Fuji’s signature flared upper-blade fork design, which works to provide both front end rigidity and aerodynamics, flows down into the slender carbon dropouts. The Altamira frameset includes an Oval integrated headset. The carbon fiber dropouts feature a replaceable hanger, which allows for quick and easy replacement without damaging the whole frame. The frame is available in 6 sizes, allowing a wide range of fit for riders of all sizes.
The bike is equipped head to toe with Oval Concepts components. Oval Concepts has worked with engineers and Formula One aerodynamicists to introduce ground-breaking technology that combines light weight with aerodynamics with durability. I loved my Saturday morning ride on my new Altamira and I hope you visit your local Sun & Ski to get fitted on yours soon!!