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  • david

    Some inaccuracies: the Fuji transonic is not Fuji’s first aero bike. The Fuji sst came around somewhere around 2011 and was marketed as an aero road bike.

    Of course, just how ‘aero’ the sst was and whether it merits the tag is a different story.

    • The SST was really marketed on the strength of its stiffness, where the seat tube was the only aero feature, which as you’ve noted, is debatable. According to Fuji, they actually put the Transonic in a wind tunnel…

  • Velt

    Visually, I find it very sexy

  • Jorge

    Seems a very critical review, this is a very good bike, maybe not the best out there, but in my opinion a lot better then a 7.4

    • Hamish Moffatt

      On a scale of 0 to 10, 7.4 is still well above average!

      • Jorge

        I was more looking compared to other bikes reviewed on this site

    • velocite

      Yep, I’m wondering if I’ve ever seen a more critical review from Matt. Based on that you couldn’t buy one, however great it looks.

      But.. since so much of the evaluation is subjective, here’s a thought: have more than one person do a review independently of each other. That’s if you can’t make the test ‘blind’, ie conceal the label, as per this rundown posted by commenter Janusz Gajos under Matt’s recent ‘science of bike building’ piece:http://www.slowtwitch.com/Tech/Thoughts_on_science_perception_4571.html

  • Sam

    A brave review worth applauding though I wonder if such honesty is a kiss of death for the bike given the preponderance of bikes which seem to review well in everything except maybe the saddle.
    I hope the distributor will be brave enough to send in the SL for review now as I’m considering it for a climbing rig in comparison with the Canyon Ultimate CF.

  • Arfy

    Designing a frame that requires a bottom-bracket adaptor for the high-end version doesn’t seem too smart, surely this adversely affects the stiffness and weight. But then again choosing an aero-bike for hill climbing is just as dubious, they may be somewhat faster on the descent but my limiting factor is always my cornering ability. Surely the playground for aero-bikes are flat courses, and this is where the main testing and comparison should be done?

    I’m interested in how the wheels compare to other 50mm carbon/aluminium rims like HED and ZIP (ex-SRAM). They’re quite wide rims so would suit +25mm tyres, how much width is there between the forks and stays?

    • dmc642

      Not really an adapter, just a different BB. I’ve had great luck with PF30 using 24mm cranks.

      With a BBRight (full width 30mm diameter) crank that BB is ridiculously stiff, probably overkill.

    • I didn’t test different tyre widths, but according to Fuji, the Transonic will accept tyres up to 28mm wide. The tyres on the Oval wheels measured around 26mm and there was plenty of clearance for them.

  • Ragtag

    Matt, when will you review one of the Cannondale CAADs? :) CAAD12 vs CAAD10 please. Or even better CAAD12 vs the carbon bike competition between USD 2-5000.

    • I’ve really been hoping to review some aluminium bikes this year, but I can’t make the bike companies send them to me…

    • Stay tuned Ragtag, looks like I’ll be getting a CAAD12 to compare with a SuperSix.

      • Ragtag

        Eagerly waiting…. :)

  • Mira Clota

    I never had the feeling that it was moving as effortlessly as some other air street bicycles, for example, Scott’s Foil or Canyon’s Aeroad. The distinction may just involve seconds, however for those riders hoping to expand their streamlined edge, it will be a major issue.
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