Fuji Tahoe 29 1.1 – Aluminum Hardtail 29er Offers an Efficient Ride and a Good Value
We previously reviewed the Fuji SLM 29 1.0 which is their carbon 29er hardtail, so we decided to take a close look at the Tahoe 29 1.1. The Tahoe is an aluminum framed 29er made from Fuji’s A2-SL custom-butted aluminum that has been reworked, mostly in the rear portion of the bike.
Targeted towards the XC rider, the Tahoe 29 1.1 has broad appeal in the comfort and handling department. With its smooth welds and black finish, it was often mistaken as a carbon frame at first glance. It has what Fuji calls their “PowerCurve” down tube, the tube starts out taller and narrower at the head tube and then gets wider and flatter towards the BB91 bottom bracket. The hydroformed top tube has a squarish shape that tapers as it gets closer to the seat tube. The junction of the down tube, top tube and head tube is massive and provides a very stiff and true tracking front end. As stiff and efficient as the frame is, it doesn’t beat you down.
The redesigned rear of the bike features a monostay with a hydroformed s-bend like chainstay, cold-forged dropout, post disc mount and replaceable hanger. The Fuji also has short chainstays at 437mm, and there is ample room for even the widest tires (the stock comes with Hutchinson 2.1 Cobras).
The Fuji Tahoe 29 comes in 4 models (1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.7) in varying build levels with the 1.1 being the top of the line model with an MSRP of $2269. The 1.1 comes in 4 frame sizes – S (15″),S/M (17″), M (19″), M/L (21″). The model we tested is the 15″. The matte black with red and blue highlights provide a distinguished, somewhat racy look without going overboard. Yes, the bike only has one bottle mount but that was not an issue for us.
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