Fuji Supreme 2.3 review

Women's road bike built for speed

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £2,650
Side-on photo of the Fuji Supreme 2.3 women's road bike in a grey frame with pink details

Our review

Built for speed, pure and simple, and it delivers
Pros: Up-to-date aero tubing; disc brakes give great speed with subtle control; fast and lively ride feel
Cons: Aggressive gearing is hard going on climbs; not as light as comparable offerings from other brands

The Fuji Supreme was developed for female riders using a range of data sources and Fuji’s long association with pro athletes, such as the women’s pro team TIBCO-SVB, which shines through in its design and spec.

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This is a bike built for out-and-out speed and competition. It’s a bike that means business, and it’s great to see a specialist build dedicated to the women’s market.

Fuji Supreme 2.3 frame

The frame is constructed from high-modulus carbon composite with carbon monocoque forks and comes in a lilac purple colour called Satin Storm, which some will love and some will loathe.

Aero gains are the name of the game and Fuji has used a Kamm aerofoil profile on the majority of tubing and forks to achieve exactly that, claiming a 1 minute 19 second time saving over the Fuji Transonic on a 40km test. Internal cable routing further reduces drag.

Close-up detail of carbon bicycle frame showing aerodynamic frame shape detail
The frame is constructed from high-modulus carbon composite
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The geometry of the bike places the rider in a very aggressive position, with a fairly mid-range reach of 381mm, but a low stack of 538mm.

While I can’t speak for the exact time savings, what I can say is that combined with other factors, such as the aggressive ride position and gearing, it certainly feels fast.

Close-up detail of the Fuji Supreme frame showing an aerodynamically shaped section near the seaport
There are aerodynamic elements throughout the Fuji Supreme 2.3 frame
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Fuji Supreme 2.3 kit

Unsurprisingly, given the nature of this bike, the gearing is designed for speed. The Shimano Ultegra groupset comes with an 11-28t cassette and an Oval Concepts 500 crankset with 52t and 36t chainrings.

A press fit Praxis bottom bracket lies at its core, with a cost-saving KMC chain.

Close-up detail of hydraulic disc brakes at the wheel hubs
Disc brakes are fitted
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Alloy finishing kit is deployed to keep costs low, with an Oval Concepts 100mm stem and 400mm handlebar. This is a good opportunity for a future upgrading because replacing the alloy bar with a carbon one would help eliminate a little more road chatter for a smoother ride.

Personally, I prefer this classic rather than integrated cockpit set up because it allows greater adjustment to fine-tune fit, which is particularly important in a bike that puts the rider in such a hard body position. It’s great for producing power, but it can take its toll.

Close-up detail of the Vittoria Zaffiro tyres
700x25c Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tyres
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An aero-shaped carbon seatpost does take the edge off road chatter at the rear, absorbing enough to smooth out the ride, but this is still a bike that’s focussed on speed rather than comfort, and feels it.

Oval Concepts 524 Disc alloy wheels are a good, sturdy wheelset with a reasonable claimed weight of 1,880g a pair, but this is one area where an upgrade would make a huge difference. Something lighter and stiffer would drop weight and provide a more efficient feel on the road surface.

Close-up detail of the handlebars, brake levers and gear shifters on the Fuji Supreme 2.3 road bike
The alloy bar and stem completes the cockpit with Ultegra hydraulic shifters
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That said, these are more than fine for the majority of riding, and the Vittoria Zaffira Pro tyres in 700×25 finish off the package.

Finally, Shimano Ultegra brakes provide reliable, predictable braking power in all weather conditions with excellent modulation that’s easy on the hands.

Fuji Supreme 2.3 ride impressions

Close-up detail of cassette, chain and rear derailleur on the Fuji Supreme 2.3 women's road bike
An 11-28t cassette is very much focussed on speed, rather than endurace — not many low gears for climbing here
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The Supreme feels focused, fast and aggressive. It’s nimble yet controlled, flowing through corners with an exhilarating grip and speed.

The turn of speed you can generate on long, flat sections of road is undeniably exciting. The Supreme asks you to give it more and more and encourages you to push as hard as you can.

However, you do pay the penalty on longer climbs with the speed-oriented gearing, which means you have to keep pushing hard and don’t have much in the way of easy gears to spin uphill.

Fuji Supreme 2.3 overall

Side profile photograph of the Fuji Supreme 2.3 women's road bike
Aero tubing, aggressive geometry — the Fuji Supreme 2.3 is built for speed, pure and simple

The Supreme 2.3 is a specialist, and it’s very, very good at what it does. If you’re looking for something that will be comfortable for long miles in the saddle, I’d suggest you look elsewhere to something like the Trek Domane or the Canyon Endurace. If, however, you want a bike that will reciprocate and amplify your love of speed, this is it.

Fuji Supreme 2.3 specifications

  • Sizes (*tested): XXS, XS, S, M*, L
  • Weight: 8.48kg
  • Frame: C10 High modulus carbon
  • Fork: FC 440 carbon monocoque with tapered steerer
  • Chainset: Oval Concepts
  • Bottom bracket: Praxis M30/BB86
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11-28t
  • Chain: KMC x11
  • Mech: Shimano Ultegra
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra dual control hydraulic
  • Wheelset: Oval Concepts 524 Disc, centerlock hubs, 100x12mm and 142x12mm thru-axles, 700c 24/28H rims
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 700x25c, 60tpi, folding
  • Stem: Oval Concepts 313, 3D-forged 6061 stem body, +/-7 degrees, 100mm
  • Bar: Oval Concepts 310 Ergo, 6061 alloy, 31.8mm clamp, 133mm drop, 4 degrees sweep, 400mm
  • Headset: FSA, 1 1/8in upper – 1 1/2in lower, integrated
  • Saddle: Oval Concepts 551W Women’s with pressure relief zone, cromo rail
  • Seatpost: Oval Concepts aero carbon, 300mm
  • Brakes: Oval Concepts aero carbon, 300mm

Fuji Supreme 2.3 geometry

  • Seat angle: 74 degrees
  • Head angle: 72 degrees
  • Chainstay: 41cm
  • Seat tube: 53cm
  • Top tube: 53.5
  • Head tube: 15.1cm
  • Fork offset: 5.2cm
  • Trail: 5.6cm
  • Bottom bracket drop: 7cm
  • Wheelbase: 991mm
  • Stack: 53.8cm
  • Reach: 38.1cm
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BikeRadar would like to thank Stolen Goat, Lazer, Northwave and Effetto Mariposa for their help and support during our Bike of the Year test.