Summer is on the wane and the end of the time for the Fuji Outland 29 1.0 review is here. If you want to see the previous posts on this bike go here, here, and here . Okay, with that let’s get into my final thoughts on this full suspended 29″er.
There is a lot of heated competition in the 100mm travel full suspension 29″er category. Many choices exist that compete for the rider’s attention, so it is imperative that any entry into this category have it together out of the box. Fuji has had the luxury of fine tuning this bike for a few years now. (Keep in mind that I rode a previous example of the Outland a few years back at Interbike.) I was expecting a lot from this bike due to this. Was I let down? Does it stand against its competition out there?
I felt that Fuji made a solid effort in terms of the basic design here. There isn’t anything to fault here in terms of suspension performance or geometry. I felt the suspension worked well front to back, and it was very tunable. A rider should be able to find a satisfactory setting on the Outland without much trouble. I am impressed with the Monarch RT3 rear damper and the platform settings are very useable. You can get a slightly plush ride or a firmer, sportier ride with the flick of the switch. The Reba is a solid fork, performance-wise, and together the combo was easy to set up and trouble free.
The geometry of the Fuji was great, middle of the road type 29″er fare which should please a wide range of riders on many types of trails. With a slight bent to stability, I feel the Outland makes a great all day ride, or a perfect, solid choice for a 24hr, or long, multi-day event. My only quibbles come in the form of value for the dollar and in the area of the brakes, which I never warmed up to.
Conclusions: Fuji has definitely improved upon the Outland platform, making it a solid choice for a reliable, great performing suspension design, with little flex, and a design that is very tunable. Performance is very good overall, with the exception of the brakes, which I had issues with. Components are decent enough, but at the $3400.00 asking price, I felt the spec was a bit lackluster. Compared to a recent look at a Specialized Camber Granygear did (seen here), or the Titus I reviewed earlier in the year, (seen here) the Fuji has some stiff competition.
So, to answer my two previous questions, I will say that first, I was not let down at all. I definitely think the Outland is a solid, trail worthy design that would make for a great everyday trail,bike. Fuji has definitely made the Outland a better bike than it was before. Does it stand up to the competition? That’s a much more difficult question to answer. Technically it does, but in terms of bang for the buck, maybe not quite so much. There are a few chinks in the Outland’s armor- the brakes and the over all weight- which give me pause here. So, the answer to that question is not a cut and dried one. In the end it will be your question to answer if you are seriously looking at this bike. It is definitely a bike worth taking a hard look at though.
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.