Fuji SLM 29er 1.3 Disc Mountain Bike - 2015. If you've ever asked yourself, What does the ultimate dream bike look like? you should take a good, hard, long look at the photo of the SLM 1.3. Like getting a diamond from a piece of coal, the Fuji SLM 1.3 29er mountain bike is what happens when a dream bear hugs a rainbow so hard that the pot at the end of the rainbow fills with carbon and SRAM XO1. Sure, you could pick a more modest build. We can ignore the beauty of the Performance Elite 3-position Fox 32 Float 29 fork with a remote lockout. We won't dwell when our fingers trace the SRAM XO1 11-speed trigger shifter and Shimano XT hydraulic brakes. For that matter, the carbon seat post, carbon 850 handlebar, and featherweight Sun Ringle Black Flag Pro wheels are too good to be realized. If you remove all of these distractions, all you have left is a pedestrian, podium-climbing C15 super-light carbon frame, with ridiculously clean lines, stealthy internal cable routing, ride-tuned chainstays, and a carbon 142x12 rear dropout. The Fuji SLM 1.3 delivers extraordinary performance and try as you might to ignore its sophisticated design and beauty, you can't; and neither will anyone else who tries to keep up. The oversized tapered head tube meets the top tube and downtube in a massive junction to keep the front end stiff for precise steering control -- confidence-inspiring when cornering at high speeds. The uniquely shaped, oversized downtube amplifies torsional stiffness and maximizes power transfer. The SLM features an Oval Concepts M610 series aluminum crank with a 35mm spindle -- the largest diameter BB spindle in the industry -- that offers the optimum combination of light weight and stiffness to make every pedal rotation count. 430mm hyper-short, asymmetrical chainstays -- among the shortest in the industry -- supply superior efficiency and nimble handling, especially on tight singletrack. Chainstay-mounted rear brake caliper positions the rear brake in the ideal position between the two stays out of the way, minimizing the torsional forces of the rear wheel while braking. Finally, a 142 x 12mm rear thru axle securely joins the hub to the frame, strengthening lateral stiffness in the rear triangle for improved pedaling efficiency. The SLM 1.3 is built up with a myriad number of beautiful parts and components. A SRAM XO1 11-speed drivetrain is perfect for nearly any XC course. A 32-tooth Oval Concepts crank is matched to a 10/42 SRAM XG-1195 11-speed cassette to conquer brutal climbs and harrowing descents alike. Finally, a blisteringly-quick set of Sun Ringle Black Flag Pro wheels with Schwalbe 29 Racing Ralph tubeless ready tires make short work of tight and twisty singletrack.
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