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2021 Fuji Rakan LT puts unusual MLink into 150mm travel 29er all-mountain bike

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The Fuji Rakan LT has seen some massive changes over the years since its inception in 2015. Originally launched as a 120mm travel trail bike with a 69° head angle, the 29er full suspension mountain bike has evolved into a slack, long travel, all-mountain shredder. And, it looks alarmingly capable underneath US National Pro Enduro Champion, Amy Morrison.

Fuji Rakan LT

2021 fuji rakan lt 29er enduro mountain bike

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Fuji Rakan LT is a rather unusual linkage. Is that a pivot half way down the chainstay? Yes, and it is part of Fuji’s proprietary MLink suspension platform, also seen on the Fuji Auric LT enduro bike.

fuji rakan lt mlink suspension linkage

Let’s take a closer look at that. Aside from the curious positioning of that pivot, the rest of the suspension platform looks like a standard four-bar design. The addition of the mid-chainstay pivot comes with a non-drive side brace that extends between the seat stay and chainstay. 

action shot fuji rakan lt 150mm travel 29" all-mountain bike
The 29″ wheeled Fuji Rakan LT’s alloy frame has a boost 148mm x 12mm rear end

Fuji claim the MLink is one of the most efficient suspension platforms on the market today. They state that it offers small bump sensitivity while handling the bigger bumps on the trail with ease. On the 2021 Fuji Rakan LT it delivers 150mm of rear wheel travel.

29" all-mountain bike fuji rakan lt 150mm travel

That’s paired with a 160mm travel 42mm offset fork up front, sat at a 63.7° head angle. That healthy slackness at the front is married to an equally healthy steep seat tube angle of around 77° (size medium), bringing promise of a powerful, efficient pedaling position. 

custom spec 2021 fuji rakan lt 150mm travel all-mountain bike
Amy Morrison’s custom-spec Fuji Rakan LT 29er all-mountain bike

Reach is fairly generous across the S-XL frame size range, but is particularly generous on the smaller frame sizes starting with 450mm in Small. That measurement stretches up to 510mm on the XL. Seat tubes span lengths of 380mm to 495mm. This 29er all-mountain bike gets short 435.8mm chainstays, consistent across the size range.

fuji rakan lt geometry chart

Pricing & Availability

2021 fuji rakan lt 1.5 29er enduro mountain bike alloy frame

The 2021 Fuji Rakan LT 29er all-mountain bike is available at two price points. The base-level bike is the LT 1.5 priced at $2,799.99. That money gets you a RockShox Yari RC fork, a Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil Select shock, a Shimano Deore 1×11 drivetrain, TRP Trail S brakes with 203/180mm rotors and a WTB ST i30 wheelset. Get it in the Iron Grey/Sand colorway.

fuji rakan lt 1.1

The $3,999.99 Fuji Rakan LT 1.1 is a 38mm stanchion bearing beast. It gets the RockShox ZEB Select+ fork, a Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil Select+ shock, SRAM’s 12-speed GX drivetrain, TRP Quadiem brakes and a DT Swiss M1900 Spline 30 wheelset. Get it in a Dark Bronze/Red Orange colorway.


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3 years ago

Hey, Don’t sleep on Fuji! Still trying to figure out what possible advantage those chainstays offer? Won’t the axle path arc up and forward?

3 years ago
Reply to  nooner

There’s another pivot by the BB. Advantage is TBD but it’s just another way to do a 4-bar. Think of the front of the chainstay as a longish link, the projected pivot moves less than with a short link bike but more than a trad 4-bar where the chainstay is a longer link.

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