Fuji Team range – First look

Bargain UK-only road bikes

We tested the £999 Fuji Roubaix 1.0 at the start of the year and were impressed, describing it as “an enjoyable and neutral-handling machine”. However, for 2011 the Roubaix range is getting a new frame (with tapered head tube and press-fit bottom bracket) and an upgrade to Shimano chainsets, along with a corresponding price hike.

If you can’t afford the new higher prices, don’t worry – UK distributors Evans Cycles are introducing a new Team range that uses the same custom-butted aluminium frame and carbon-bladed fork found on the 2010 Roubaix models, with similar parts specs and prices.

There are three models. The £999.99 Team 1.0 has 10-speed Shimano 105 shifting kit, an FSA Gossamer Pro compact chainset, Tektro R540 brakes, Alex ALX-200 wheels and Vittoria Zaffiro tyres. Finishing kit is mostly own-brand. Claimed weight is 8.95kg (19.7lb).

The £829.99 Team 2.0 downgrades to nine-speed Shimano Tiagra, an FSA compact chainset, Tektro R350 brakes and Alex AKX R3.0 wheels. Claimed weight is 9.53kg (21lb). Finally, the £649.99 Team 3.0 has nine-speed Shimano Sora, and an own-brand compact chainset, brakes and wheels. Claimed weight is 9.65kg / (21.26lb).

These UK-only bikes are exclusive to Evans Cycles. Brand marketing manager Albert Steward reckons they offer “premium performance at entry-level prices” and says they’re ideal for “selective racers or riders targeting longer days in the saddle”.