Fuji Roubaix 2013 Review

Type:Road Manufacturer:Fuji Year:2013 Cost:£1099.99

Posted by Tom Copeland

The Fuji Roubaix model comes in two builds, both using the same A6-SL alloy frameset with a carbon bladed fork.

Fuji Roubaix 1.3

The first build, the Fuji Roubaix 1.5, comes equipped with a full Shimano Tiagra 10-speed groupset, while the higher specification Fuji Roubaix 1.3 carries a Shimano 105 10-speed groupset.

The frame itself is an introduction to Fuji’s racing geometry, hence the name Roubaix – from the famous Hell of the North Paris-Roubaix race held in northern France. This racing geometry has a slightly lower front end than the endurance models and a slightly shorter wheelbase, which gives a more responsive ride.

Price-wise, both fit well into the category of well-built, affordable alloy road bikes, with the Fuji Roubaix 1.5 retailing at £1100 and the Roubaix 1.3 at £1250.

The Roubaix 1.5 is therefore a racing bike at an entry-level price to temp those riders who want a bit for zip to their ride. My only qualm with this bike would be what is, in my opinion, a rather unimaginative colour scheme reflecting an old Trek from the US Postal era rather than a modern racing bike.

Fuji Roubaix 1.5

The 1.3 however looks great. The bright red brings some life into the frame and would really make it stand out when leaning against the café wall.

The Shimano 105 groupset is a perfect pairing for the frame to make this a well-priced, good-looking bike that not many other people are going to have in the garage.

Both the 1.3 and 1.5 come with a solid Oval cockpit, giving a solid feel to the front end with their alloy components, and also their wheels to match. All the components are branded so Fuji haven’t cut corners on price savings by adding unbranded bits to the build. This not only looks better but also allows for easier upgrading of parts when the time comes.

In terms of the drive chain, both are equipped with compact Oval cranksets giving you a slightly easier gear set up for the hills than an all-out race bike.

Another important point to raise is that the Fuji Roubaix models come in seven sizes – XS/S (46cm), S(49cm), S/M (52cm), M (54cm), M/L (56cm), L (58cm), L/XL (61cm) – ensuring a good fit for all rider types.

Overall these are well made, reasonably prices bikes for those aspiring racers amongst you, whoa re looking for something a little out of the ordinary.

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