Fuji Bikes introduced the new 27.5 Auric LT and redesigned 27.5 Auric at Sea Otter. While the category of “park or free-ride bike” seems to have all but disappeared or blurred with today’s slack, long-travel enduro bikes, Fuji set about creating an all-mountain bike that further blurs the lines.
It aims to replace your old DH bike with a do-it-all bike with modern suspension and geometry that allows you to tackle demanding bike park lines, but still be pedal-friendly on your home trails.
Starting with hydroformed A6-SL aluminum, Fuji designers went into full gnar mode and gave the bike a 63-degree headtube angle (with 45mm offset fork), long top tube, 170mm/160mm of travel front and rear, and smooth moving suspension pivot bearings. Keeping up with the times, Fuji added boost spacing, internal cable routing, metric rear shock with Trunnion mount, and a threaded bottom bracket.
Spec choices will likely include options for a RockShox Lyric fork and SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain, or Fox Rhythm 36 and Shimano SLX 1X11. There’s even room for a full-size water bottle on all frame sizes.
Meanwhile, the Auric is a carryover model that has been redesigned to reflect updates in the trail bike category and apply changes based on feedback from pro riders. The Auric is still offered in Fuji’s A6-SL hydroformed aluminum, but now has a slacked out 66-degree headtube angle, 140mm travel fork, and 130mm travel MLink rear suspension. Both the Auric and Auric LT have stealth dropper post compatibility up to 175mm lengths on L and XL sizes.
Pricing and official model options have not been released at this time. Please stay tuned.