Review: Fuji Tahoe 29 1.1

29er Cross Country Pro Reviews
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.

The Frame

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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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Graeme Smith says:

    “…the Sun Inferno 23 rims are a smart spec”

    No. They are an awful rim for running tubeless (and not particularly durable either). Stans Rapids would be a better choice.

    • Stephen says:

      I have the inferno 25 that came on my ’13 Scalpel and they are very,very easy to set up tubeless and also extremely durable…3,000 hard miles on my bike,straight as can be,never trued since day one…4′ drops,crashes,etc..little heavy but that’s it…any rim and good tires are easy to set up.

  • Brian says:

    So the Fuji Website shows the CS is 437mm NOT 420mm as this article suggests.

  • Gregg Kato says:

    I will take an actually measurement later today and post the exact measurement of the CS.

  • Greg says:

    I’d also like to know what the actual cs length is.

  • Gregg Kato says:

    The actual chain stay measurement is indeed 437. I have changed the article to reflect this correction. The incorrect measurement came from Fuji’s website in the archive section for the 2013 Tahoe 1.1.

  • vas says:

    Hello, so recomended 120mm front travel fork (i have magoura ts8 120mm)? the distance between rear triangle ?
    (can i put me 135x10mm Heaven Easton wheel).

  • Rodrigo says:

    Does anyone who measures about 5’7″ inseam 30″ owns this bike? I am considering to buy one.. but I am not sure about size Small or Medium?

  • Eric Jahn says:

    Gregg Kato, where are the frames manufactured on the lower end aluminum Tahoes? Thanks!

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