Fuji SL / SL-A

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Number of Gears
11, 22, 24
16.4, 17.6, 18.0, 19.6 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Fuji SL / SL-A. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

7 reasons to buy

  • Designed to be an ultralight road bike with performance in mind.
  • Frames come in carbon (Fuji SL) and aluminum (SL-A)
  • 25c tires provide decent cushioning to accommodate a range of road conditions.
  • The race-oriented frame geometry creates a low, aggressive riding position, but still provides enough balance to handle well through turns.
  • The frames' tube diameters vary according to the fame size, creating a consistent riding experience across sizes.
  • Current models come with both rim and disc brakes.
  • Shimano Ultegra and SRAM Force componentry provide fast, reliable performance.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some riders who want to maximize their weight savings may want to opt for other models with lighter wheels.
  • Some riders did report some twitchiness and wobbling during high-speed descents.
  • On some models, wheelsets are heavy.

Bottom line

As the “SL” acronym implies, the Fuji SL and SL-A were designed to be super-light road bikes, and they continue to be some of the lightest at their price points. Both the SL and SL-A's frame geometry hasn’t changed much in the past seven years, creating an aggressive racing posture that’s still balanced enough for most riders. However, the stock wheels do bring with them a slight weight penalty, so riders looking to shave off more grams may think about upgrading, or finding lighter models.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 7 rated expert reviews

Fuji SL 2.1

The SL is Fuji’s pure climber, and even in its second-tier 2-series incarnation, it claims a frame weight of 900g or less.

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Fuji SL 2.1 Disc

It’s heavy, there is no getting around that fact, but the SL Disc still retains the character of the rim brake version. It’s aggressive, it’s fast and it just wants to be ridden like you stole it.

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Fuji SL 1.5

This bike is awesome; it’s lightweight, playful, fast, and most importantly fun to ride. It’s not the most comfortable race bike we’ve ever ridden, but the sensations add to the overall riding experience.

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Gear Institute

Fuji SL 1.3

The lightest bike in our group, and one of the lightest Road Race bikes on the market, and featuring the sublime Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain … the Fuji SL 1.3 is an incredible value for a high-end racing machine.

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Fuji SL 2.5

An impressively light and easy-handling bike, despite a low and racy ride position.

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User Ratings

64/100 based on 5 ratings
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