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My new love...a 2016 Fuji Altamira 1.1

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My new love...a 2016 Fuji Altamira 1.1

Old 03-26-16, 11:23 PM
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My new love...a 2016 Fuji Altamira 1.1

I purchased a new 2016 Fuji Altamira 1.1 (Ultegra drive-train, in-house crank, Tektro brakes) and I love it.

Upgrades:
-RS-81 Wheelset (Dura-Ace rims w/Ultegra hubs)
-Gatorskin folding tire in rear and Giant stock tire for front
-Ultegra 11-32t cassette (I do about 1,500 to 2,500ft elevation per ride)
-Oval R900 carbon seatpost
-Sram Garmin mount, water bottle holders, ANT+ speed/cadence senors
-Shimano R550 pedals


So I was riding bikes that were too large for me. I am 5'5" and was riding a Medium Giant TCR SL 1 and a 54cm Specialized Allez. In both cases saddle height and fore/aft position were fine, but reach was the problem. At a bike fitting, I would up with a 75cm stem on the TCR making for a "twitchy" steering system.

Fuji has some bizarre sizing convention, but you can read their geometry specs online. Thus, I needed a bike with a 53cm or less effective top tube. For the Fuji Altamira 1.1 (2016), it was their "S/M 47cm" which is actually a 52cm bike with a 53cm effective top tube. Still, I swapped the 90cm stem for an 80cm stem.

Geometry:
Fuji Bikes | ROAD | COMPETITON SERIES | ALTAMIRA 1.1

Now, on a properly fitted carbon road bike that (stock) was about 3lbs > my Giant TCR SL 1 (17lbs aluminum), I am beating a lot of my PRs on strava. The shift to a carbon fiber (yes entry-level, but with an Ultegra shifting system) is like night and day. The bike is super-comfortable and I feel less fatigued now with the way vibrations are transmitted and dissipated by the frame and carbon seat post.

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Old 03-26-16, 11:33 PM
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Awesome man! Go out and put some miles on that thing!
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That's a cool looking bike. Also nice upgrades but i would also buy a pair of 105 5800 brakes to replace Tektros.

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano...air-72355.html
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Wow, that's a lot of bike for the money. Seems like a great deal.
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Old 03-27-16, 10:54 AM
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Nice. Congrats.
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Old 03-27-16, 12:20 PM
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Sweet! I like it - Enjoy!
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The Fujis are nice rigs - enjoy it mate!

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Nothing beats a good fit.
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Nice Bike.
I am also looking at a Altamira. Any recommendations pro and con?

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...s-altamira.htm

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As someone who has worked on lots of altamiras, I'd say there really are no cons to an altamira. It's fuji's all purpose road bike- when it came out it was in between the aggressive/stiff SST and the super relaxed Gran Fondo frames. It's totally no-frills but a nice ride. I actually just bought one myself from a friend. I've never been a huge fan in comparison to the SST but I'm giving it a go with one built up to fit me. Same size as the op, incidentally.

The carbon in the 1.x frame in the OP is going to be lighter and stiffer than the c4 carbon on that bikesdirect bike, but it's nothing you would ever notice if you'd never ridden one of the 1.x or 2.x models. the BD bike is an excellent deal anyway.

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Thanks for the feedback on the Altamira frame.
The sizing is a bit different ... I am 5'8" and will go with the 50cm frame that has a 54.5 effective top tube length.
Any experience with the old Di2 system?
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Originally Posted by Robius View Post
That's a cool looking bike. Also nice upgrades but i would also buy a pair of 105 5800 brakes to replace Tektros.

https://www.merlincycles.com/shimano...air-72355.html
Agree with this but at the very least some Kool Stop Salmon pads. I like the branding, it's there but subtle. Ride the wheels off it.
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My understanding is the first gen Di2 is pretty much not interchangeable with the 11 speed stuff and parts may be hard to come by. I may be way off base but if your hard on y of ur equipment it may be something to consider. That's a decent price though.
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Its not customizable like newer di2, but it is still great hardware. I was totally sold on di2 when just 9070 existed.
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Thanks to all... I took the plunge and bought a Altamira with a mechanical group set.
I was used to Shimano, however the SRAM Red is superlight and quick shifting.







Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
As someone who has worked on lots of altamiras, I'd say there really are no cons to an altamira. It's fuji's all purpose road bike- when it came out it was in between the aggressive/stiff SST and the super relaxed Gran Fondo frames. It's totally no-frills but a nice ride. I actually just bought one myself from a friend. I've never been a huge fan in comparison to the SST but I'm giving it a go with one built up to fit me. Same size as the op, incidentally.

The carbon in the 1.x frame in the OP is going to be lighter and stiffer than the c4 carbon on that bikesdirect bike, but it's nothing you would ever notice if you'd never ridden one of the 1.x or 2.x models. the BD bike is an excellent deal anyway.
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My understanding is the first gen Di2 is pretty much not interchangeable with the 11 speed stuff and parts may be hard to come by. I may be way off base but if your hard on y of ur equipment it may be something to consider. That's a decent price though.
Originally Posted by Raiden View Post
Its not customizable like newer di2, but it is still great hardware. I was totally sold on di2 when just 9070 existed.
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Grats on the new bike. It's sweet looking ride. I'm seriously considering a Fuji Gran Fondo if they ever get any of my size back on stock.
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I test rode them a little, they were pretty nice....the gran fondo head tube is not conventionally beautiful to my eye anyway :-).
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To bump this old thread back up, how is the Altamira treating you , still ride it?

I recently sold my SST 2.1 and considering Altamira 1.0 as replacement . I have a full ultegra 6800 series groupset and wheels that would go on it, just not sure about the sizing ... I am almost 5'7 but rode a 52cm SST and it felt a little stretched so that would mean going to the Altamira 44 or 47 size that would have top tube of 515-530mm.
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That's a good lookin bike, how much are those now?
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Fujis offer great value for the dollar ... and big plus, they don't use cartoon graphics. Good bikes at a good price. Same bike with a different decal = a lot more dollars.
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Grats on the new bike. It's sweet looking ride. I'm seriously considering a Fuji Gran Fondo if they ever get any of my size back on stock.
I've got a Granfondo 2.0 with Ultegra and love it. After several metric centuries and one english century, i'm now looking to upgrade the wheel set this summer. Otherwise, no gripes with the bike.
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Is that pic at the southern end of the Palisades?
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Thats a sweet bike, sweet setup. Good specs, tastefully upgraded.
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Originally Posted by e30jean View Post
To bump this old thread back up, how is the Altamira treating you , still ride it?

I recently sold my SST 2.1 and considering Altamira 1.0 as replacement . I have a full ultegra 6800 series groupset and wheels that would go on it, just not sure about the sizing ... I am almost 5'7 but rode a 52cm SST and it felt a little stretched so that would mean going to the Altamira 44 or 47 size that would have top tube of 515-530mm.
i sold it but would buy another....i got a deal on a fuji sl 2.5 for $999 and triple points from performance bike.

i tried a 2012 altamira 1.0 that nashbar had ...15lbs bike and it was spectacularly fast, nimble

the 1.1 felt like a perfect bike...a tad heavier but my very first carbon bike and nothing should stop you, the ride felt so perfect and the paint job was very shiny-it was “c5” carbon while 1.0 was “c10” a tad lighter—-the same frame used to win ‘11 vuelta

pic was from palisades yup
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Nice man! I have a Fuji Cross 2.0 LE with 105, planning on upgrading sometime soon. Also, nice to see a blast from the past: Cycling on the Henry Hudson Drive. Have fun!
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