Fuji Outland 29 1.0: Out Of The Box- by Guitar Ted
A couple of days ago I introduced the test for the Fuji Outland 29 1.0 full suspension 29″er. This post will detail the specs and features of the bike, as well as my impressions of the Outland as I built it up and set up the suspension.
Background: Fuji Bikes have had a 29″er full suspension bike in their line up since 2008, but they were very hard to track down. Back in 2010, I actually got to ride a version of this bike and you can check out my thoughts on that bike here. Fuji is also part of the same parent company that owns the Breezer brand, (which features the Lightning Pro 29, tested here),and an opportunity arose through testing the Breezer to check out the Outland 1.0 for a long term test.
Tech Intro: The Fuji Outland 29 1.0 is the top of the heap in the three model full suspension line up for 2012. It features 100mm of travel front and rear by way of a Rock Shox Reba RL 29 with a 15QR axle and a Rock Shox Monarch RT3 driven by a modified strut, (FSR), type suspension. The frame is made from Fuji’s A6SL aluminum throughout. The top and down tubes are heavily hydro-formed. There is the tapered head tube, (of course), and a PressFit 92 bottom bracket. This bike does not feature a rear through axle, but sticks with the traditional quick release.
The drive train consists of a 2X10 set up which features Shimano’s Shadow XT rear derailleur, SLX 10 speed 11-36T cassette, KMC 10 speed chain, and an FSA Afterburner crank set with 28T/40T rings. The front derailleur is also a Shimano XT unit. Seen here is the Horst Link type chain stay pivot and the neatly routed cable housing runs, which curiously are almost full run housings. Only a small section along the drive side seat stay and the short run for the front derailleur are bare.
Wheels are made up from Fuji branded 32 hole hubs laced to WTB Laser TCS XC rims and shod with tubed WTB Vulpine folding bead tires. (NOTE: The website page for the Outland shows WTB Bronson tires.) The hubs are 6 bolt style and support Tektro Auriga Pro rotors which are squeezed by calipers and levers of the same brand.
One thing to note here are the large diameter sealed pivot bearings used throughout the Outland 29 1.0 suspension design. The drop outs are cold forged and the disc mount is CNC machined as well.
The suspended link that drives the Rock Shox Monarch RT3 is a low leverage ratio type and is constructed in two parts, held together by bolts. The RT3, (which was also on the recently tested Titus Rockstar, seen here), has a three position lever controlling compression and a rebound adjuster.
The massive hydro-formed down tube and “T” shaped top tube meet the tapered head tube forming a large, sturdy junction. If this is anything like the previously mentioned ’10 version of the Outland, we can expect this to be a solid, stiff platform. Note also the internal headset, which is matched in color to the frame making it nearly invisible. The head set is, as are many of the cockpit parts, branded “Oval”, which is Fuji’s “house brand” component line.
The Rock Shox Reba RL features the remote lock out and the 15QR through axle. All the usual Reba features are present here. Shifting is done via SLX Rapid Fire pods with Dual Release. Grips are matched to the colorway, (as are the Oval seat post, Oval saddle, Oval stem, and Oval handle bar), and are Fuji branded. Finally, the seat post binder is a quick release type. There are no provisions for a dropper post.
The Fuji Outland 29 full suspension bikes come in three levels of spec, (1.0, 2.0, and 3.0), in sizes S/M (17″), M (19″ tested), M/L (21″). Geometry is 74 degree angle seat tube and 70 degree angle head tube. The effective top tubes range from 590mm, 612mm, and 641mm.(from size S/M to M/L) Chain stay length is 450mm. Weight of the Outland 29 1.0 with my Shimano pedals ready to ride is 29.15lbs. MSRP for the 1.0 version tested here is $3429.00 USD. There is also an Outland 29 1.0 frame only option available at MSRP $1999.00 USD.
Out Of The Box Impressions: The Outland 29 1.0 strikes me as a good looking bike with the matched components and more subtle branding. (The other Outland 29 models seem more brash in comparison.) The frame’s profile looks similar to the 2010 model, but it is plain to see upon closer inspection that Fuji has been refining this platform since I last saw it. Cable routing is different, pivots look beefier, and the rear tire clearance is better. I felt the 2010 Outland had potential to be a good bike, I feel this one should at least realize that potential and do better. We’ll see….
Another interesting note is that the Outland 29 is a similar bike to the just recently tested Titus Rockstar, so comparisons to that model will likely be made as we go along. So, stay tuned for my First Impressions post to come soon.
Note: Fuji Bikes sent the Outland 29 1.0 for test and review at no charge. We are not being bribed, nor paid for this review. We will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.