Sirrus Dog checks in again.......
Hello, I've just completed 6 rides during the Spring-Summer season, and I can definitely say that by purchase of the Fuji Roubaix 2.0 was well worth the money, along with the time and effort to up grade the brake calipers, and chain. I finished every ride I started this season and I have a critique based on those rides. Generally speaking the bike is just as fast as any out there, depending on how you out fit it. It does well on relatively flat surfaces, and can climb gradients that are reasonable(meaning anything less than 10 percent)and sprinting is no problem. The last upgrade I made was to replace the continental ultra sport tires with continental ultra race. More expensive, but better handling on wet roads. So what are the cons, well if you want to take part in something like the Knox County Bicycle Challenge you will find yourself at a extreme disadvantage trying to climb steep Tors with this bike. I don't like the crank on this model, although it performs well enough on flat surfaces it's climbing abilities on steep surfaces is something less than champion form.
I feel this bike could benefit from a crank that offers some stiffness and torque for those of us who have to climb on a daily basis. The KCBC is a nightmare of climbing, surrounded by a hell hole of "no cell phone service", and endless drops off of Tors that have you diving down the road at between 35 to 50 miles an hour. I and my bike held up well during this ordeal but if I were to ever do it again a 29er would be a much better choice. Well I decided after surviving to escape the KCBC I could most likely do a century ride, which is the only barrier I have left to get over. So next year I plan to do the Tour of the Scioto River Valley from Columbus, Ohio, to Portsmouth, Ohio. 100 miles all in one shot. Wish me luck, and good luck with your challenges.