Buyers Guide: Fuji Roubaix
If you were looking for the oldest bike brands, it might surprise you to know that Fuji would be among them. Fuji Bicycles has been helping riders conquer their mountains since 1899, and to this day they’ve continued to develop some of the most cutting-edge bikes on the market. The Fuji stable of products is enormous, with everything from high-end road bikes, to race-winning mountain bikes, cruisers, comfort bikes and everything in between. Obviously that's too much to deal with in a single article, so in this series we'll break down Fuji's road line up to help you decide which machine is right for you.
The Fuji Roubaix is ideal rider who wants to go fast on a budget without sacrificing performance, thanks to a responsive, stiff aluminum frame, tapered headtube and carbon fiber fork.
The Fuji Roubaix got its start in life as a specialized frame built to take pros through the murderous Spring Classics of Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The hellish cobblestone roads of those races have long sent pro-racers begging to their sponsors for a new kind of frame, and Fuji responded with the Roubaix—an aluminum bike that was built with enough compliance and high-tech features to tame the horrific roads of the northern Classics.
Times have changed though, and so has this venerable aluminum bike. While many riders have moved on to carbon fiber, the Fuji Roubaix continues to be one of the longest and best selling bikes in the world thanks to its impressive mix of comfort, performance and handling. The Roubaix is the perfect bike for the beginning racer, someone looking for a first road bike, or even the veteran racer who needs a durable yet fast bike for criterium racing.
There are several different models of the Roubaix to choose from, depending on your preferences, riding level, and budget. Fuji usually numbers their models beginning at either 1.0 or 1.1. The lower the number, the higher-end the bike. LE denotes a Limited Edition bike-- usually the result of a collaboration between Fuji and Performance Bicycles. SL stands for Super Light, the lightest bike in Fuji's line-up for that particular year.
- Roubaix SL: The Roubaix SL is a race-ready bike that's perfect for the both beginning and experienced riders. The stiff, responsive alloy frame is complimented with a carbon fiber fork, Shimano Ultegra components and a pressfit bottom bracket for uncompromising performance.
- Roubaix 1.0 LE: The Roubaix 1.0 LE is the result of a collaboration between Fuji and Performance Bicycles. The combination of a carbon fiber fork, responsive allow frame and Shimano 105 components is a bike that feels as fast as it looks.
- Roubaix LE: The Roubaix LE is equipped with Shimano 105 shifting for optimized performance. Combined with the excellent alloy frame and carbon fiber fork, this is a bike that delivers plenty of performance for the dollar.
- Roubaix 1.5 C: This bike features a fast and responsive alloy frame, dependable Shimano Tiagra 10-speed shifting and a pressfit bottom bracket for a high-end feel and dependable performance. Excellent for a rider looking to go fast without breaking the bank.
- Roubaix 2.0 LE: The Roubaix 2.0 LE is a Fuji-Performance exclusive created with the goal of delivering plenty of performance for an excellent value. Features like Shimano Tiagra 10-speed shifting, stiff alloy frame and carbon fiber fork make this an excellent buy for the beginning road cyclist.
- Roubaix 3.0 LE: The Roubaix 3.0 LE is a Performance Bicycles exclusive. This road bike features a highly responsive alloy frame, carbon fiber fork, and is equipped with Shimano Sora 9-speed shifting...perfect for the beginning road cyclist.
For more information about Fuji's other road bikes, click on the links below.
- If you're looking for an all-around race machine, check out the Fuji Altamira.
- If you have a need for speed, then take a look at the Fuji SST.
- Like to go fast, but without sacrificing comfort? Then read up on the Fuji Gran Fondo.
- More interested in staying in shape and having fun? Check out the Fuji Sportif.
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