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    2017 Fuji SL Disc

    Have any of you ridden one? I think I might try to test one tomorrow on my day off. I heard the original rim brake version is super light and very responsive, but a bit twitchy on descents. I am curious how the new bike with disc brakes and longer chainstays rides. It should be more stable with very little downside. We'll see...

    Fuji adds disc brakes and thru axels to the SL for 2017 - BikeRadar USA

    The highest level frameset is less than $1900 and it is probably one of the lightest disc brake framesets out there. Performance has the lower level complete bikes at a fairly reasonable price point as well, but the Giant TCR Advanced Disc and Scott Addict Disc are priced similarly given the specs.

    https://www.coloradocyclist.com/fuji...-frameset-2017

    Fuji SL 2.5 Disc Road Bike - 2017

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    Well, I just got home from test riding two Fuji SL bikes and I am extremely impressed to be honest. I tested a 2016 Fuji SL 2.6 LE with rim brakes and a 2017 Fuji SL Disc 2.1. Both were size 52cm, but the new disc bike looked and felt like it was a little bigger than the 2016 (it could have just been my mind playing tricks on me though). The C5 Carbon fiber 2.6 LE was roughly 19lbs stock and the C10 Carbon disc bike was about 17.5lbs stock. I also got to take a close look at Fuji SL Disc 1.5, but it was in a 56cm, so I couldn't ride it. That bike is reportedly 2lbs lighter than the bike I tested today and it sure felt like it when I picked it up. I regret that we didn't throw it on the scales, but I was eager to get out on the bikes and forgot to ask.

    At the end of my rides I felt like this bike moved into pole position on the list of my favorite bikes I have ridden this year. It bumped both the Giant TCR Advanced Disc 1 and the new Specialized Roubaix down a peg. That surprised me quite a bit. For my tastes, you can't beat the combination of stiffness, weight, ride quality, and value at the end of the day and I give this bike high grades in all four categories. All of the gadgets and technological advancements are fun, but how a bike accelerates and feels on climbs and rough surfaces is still what matters most to me. The Fuji SL is VERY responsive. I feel like it was significantly easier to get up to speed than the Transonic is. Even the C5 Carbon version felt way more responsive than either of the Transonics I tested last year (the website says the 2.6 LE is C10, but the guys at the shop said it is C5. The scale seemed to confirm that). I would say the stiffness is on par with the Giant TCR Advanced Disc I tested a month or so ago, but it felt smoother/more compliant in the rear end. This thing was buttery smooth in my opinion. I loved the sensation that came from having this explosive acceleration combined with smooth ride quality; it's very nice.

    I also think you get a bit more bang for your buck with the Fuji because Giant has reduced the number of models they offer in the U.S. this year. So if you like discs and want a complete bike, your choices are $2375, $4700, and like $8000 or you can build a bike up from framesets that cost $1950 (mid level) or $2800 (hi-mod). Going with the Fuji allows you to grab a disc equipped bike for $2100 (which was on sale today for $1799). That comes with mechanical discs, but I see Ultegra RS685 hydraulic shifters on ebay all the time for $150-$250. The Ultegra equipped Fuji SL Disc 2.1 comes in at a little over $3000 and was on sale today for $2499. Moreover, you can get a top of the line super lightweight 1.1 C15 Carbon Disc frameset for $1899 or so. That's $1000 cheaper than Giant's top tier frameset. It looked like there was plenty of room for wider wheels and 28mm tires on the 2.1 Disc as well.

    I know on paper 17.5lbs doesn't seem that impressive, but this bike appeared to be weighed down by some pretty heavy, lower level components. My guess is that you could easily shed 1-1.5lbs with some basic component changes and an upgrade to a set of lightweight tubeless or tubular wheels. Those are things I would be adding regardless of which bike I buy, so doing it with the Fuji SL just makes doing so a little easier on the pocketbook. I highly recommend testing one if you haven't. This thing was a ton of fun on the punchy climb and the open flats that were on the test loop I took it on. The 2.6 LE wasn't anything to sniff at either and would make a great entry level carbon ride at $1599.

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    Very nice bikes and a great value..

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    I have a 2016 SL 2.3 and love it. The bike likes to go fast. I swapped the original wheels and tires for some Ultegra 6800 wheels with Michelin Pro 3 Service Course tires and I'm extremely happy with it. I don't think I'm going to change anything else for now. I thought about swapping the crankset to Ultegra but the Oval seem to be doing just fine. Once the parts start wearing then I'll consider "upgrading" them. I've put about 650 miles on it since I bought it in September. I also agree that Fuji and the SL line is a great value overall compared to other big name brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurido92 View Post
    I have a 2016 SL 2.3 and love it. The bike likes to go fast. I swapped the original wheels and tires for some Ultegra 6800 wheels with Michelin Pro 3 Service Course tires and I'm extremely happy with it. I don't think I'm going to change anything else for now. I thought about swapping the crankset to Ultegra but the Oval seem to be doing just fine. Once the parts start wearing then I'll consider "upgrading" them. I've put about 650 miles on it since I bought it in September. I also agree that Fuji and the SL line is a great value overall compared to other big name brands.

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    Yep, it's kind of ridiculous where they are priced at. Performance has 2016 2.6, and 2.5 for less than $1400 and the 2.4 for $1500. All are reportedly C10 carbon. If you aren't married to the idea of having disc brakes, those are incredible values IMO. The only carbon bikes that come close that I have seen are the 2017 Giant Defy Advanced 3 and the 2017 Giant TCR Advanced 2. All of these bikes are made from fairly decent quality carbon and a number of them come equipped with Shimano 105 or higher. You can't beat that.

    Fuji SL 2.6 LE Road Bike - 2016 Performance Exclusive

    Fuji SL 2.4 LE Road Bike - 2016 Performance Exclusive

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/defy-advanced-3

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes-tcr-advanced
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    how wide a rim/tire can you fit on the sl disc? will it fit 28?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwiffle View Post
    how wide a rim/tire can you fit on the sl disc? will it fit 28?
    Absolutely, in my opinion. They come stock with 25mm and there was lots of room left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    Absolutely, in my opinion. They come stock with 25mm and there was lots of room left.
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    No problem at all. I went through my old pictures and this should give you an idea of how much room there is.

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    I bought the closeout on the 2016 Fuji SL 2.6 LE yesterday during a closeout sale for the 2016 models, at $1,080, regularly $2000. They also had double points, so I used those for pedals, lights, fenders, pump, etc. as I will be using it as a commuter. They are putting the accessories on today, tuning it up, and I'll be picking it up later. I'm sure it will be fine as a commuter bike, but I will update this post to let you know. My commute is fairly hilly, and I expect this bike will do just fine on the hills. If not, I could upgrade the wheels and tires like I normally do, as in my experience, just this one small upgrade makes a world of difference.

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    Just picked up the bike yesterday (2016 Fuji SL 2.6 LE). Rode it for the first time this morning. Got three PR's already, two on the flats by a narrow margin, and one hill climbing by a wide margin. So far, the hill climbing seems to be the advantage for this bike. Time will tell on the flats and the downhills. The Redmond, WA Performance Bike was excellent again. I have bought two bikes from them now, and one prior in the former Tukwila, WA store.

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    Also, I did validate on my 2016 Fuji SL 2.6 LE, that it is an Oval 520, midcompact, 52x36 crankset, not the compact, as advertised on the Performance website. I actually kind of prefer the midcompact, as this is what comes on a lot of the upper end bikes, and the hills were no problem for me this morning.

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    My first two road bikes had the compact and my SL 2.3 came with mid compact and I really like it. Especially when paired with an 11-28 cassette.

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