EB13: Fuji SLM 29er Carbon Hardtail Mountain Bike Gets Lighter & Tighter

2014 Fuji SLM 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike

The 2014 Fuji SLM 29 is updated with a substantially lighter frame, shorter stays and more modern features.

The frame drops from around 1,300g all the way down to 1,000g. They accomplished this by using a different carbon material and taking advantage of more refined production processes and bigger tube diameters.

They also wanted to give it more nimble handling, so the chain stays shrunk by 9mm to come in at 430mm. The head tube has an increased cross section, so it’s stiffer, as is the bottom bracket thanks to bigger tubes and an asymmetric design. And it’s holding an new, oversized crankset…

2014 Fuji SLM 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike

The BB increased to a PFBB30 shell, but they spec’d it with Oval’s 35mm spindle crankset. That offers several benefits: the bottom bracket puts the bearings outboard with cups that thread into each other and have a colletted shape that expands as its tightened so it won’t shift or creak in the frame. System weight is supposedly on par with XT. Like it? It’s available aftermarket and will work with any BB30 or PFBB30 frame.

2014 Fuji SLM 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike

The rear end gets a 12×142 thru axle with captures nut that can be fixed into multiple positions to let you fine tune where the skewer ends up.

2014 Fuji SLM 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike

Retail for the top end 1.1 is about $5,600 and these are online now and available between end of September and end of year depending on model.

2014 Fuji SLM 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike

The complete bike without pedals is 21.49lb (9.74kg). That bike in the background is the amazing new Norcom Straight aero TT/Triathlon bike and is very much worth a look.

Fujibikes.com

Comments

Dustin - 09/04/13 - 11:59pm

So, why does BR bother posting about sh*tty brands like Fuji? Does anyone really get excited about bikes with some-what thoughtful engineering and sloppy craftsmanship?

dl - 09/05/13 - 1:21am

That crank seems like it’s probably the Praxis Works M35. Fuji’s been using Praxis rings lately so it seems plausible.

http://praxiscycles.com/pages/m35

dave - 09/05/13 - 9:47am

@Dustin – in the universe I ride in, a 1000g MTB frame is attention-grabbing. That’s 135g lighter than the new Air9 Carbon frame, and anytime BR posts anything Niner-related the comment section blows up. I’m aware of the QC problems Fuji has had in the past – I sent more than a few bikes back for warranty replacement. Fuji is aware of it too, and has tightened QC in the last 3 years. This bike is worth a look.

Eric - 09/05/13 - 10:12am

Dustin, [deleted] and calm down.

Rain - 09/05/13 - 2:32pm

Try a Kennedy strava run without that which always disappears in the presence of a scale.

XT pedals are .73 lbs. SS Eggs with short Ti axles are .51 lbs.

Thanks for FINALLY having the nuts to show bikes on a scale (Now that weight has taken a back seat anyway). So step up and finish the job.

Slap a decent pair of pedals on test bikes and get real with these weights please.

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