Fuji has been hard at work to bring out new bikes, and we got a closer look at Sea Otter 2019. First up, a carbon version of their Jari gravel bike, with big tire clearance and super compact 2x gearing. Next, they have an all-new version of the Transonic aero road bike. With slick hidden cable routing through the stem, disc brakes, and slippery shapes, it’s aiming for the big leagues.

Fuji Jari Carbon gravel and adventure bike

The Fuji Jari gravel bike isn’t new, but until now has existed only in steel and aluminum versions. They first showed the Jari Carbon as a prototype last fall, but now it’s just about ready for prime time.

Fuji claims that the new frame hits the sub-1,000 gram mark using their C15 monocoque construction, and will be available in both 1x and 2x versions. The version on-hand at Sea Otter was set up 2x, with FSA 46/30 front rings.

The downtube features an armor plate to protect against impacts.

Braking duties on the show model were handled by Ultegra flat mount calipers front and rear. We don’t have news yet on the spec for other models.

Fuji quotes generous tire clearance front and rear: 700×47 or 650bx2.2″. The stock tire is the Panaracer GravelKing 700×43.

While not included with the bike, it was shown with a variety of bags, bottles, and accessories for your adventure needs.

The Fuji Jari Carbon starts at $2,499, with the sample bike shown at $2,999 (sans camping add-ons). There is no official availability date, but we expect mid-late 2019 as a 2020 model.

Fuji Transonic carbon aero road bike

The Transonic is Fuji’s aero road bike, adding to their existing women’s-specific Supreme. It’s all-new for 2020, with a new frame, Kamm tail shapes, and disc brakes. While SRAM AXS and Shimano Di2 models will be available, we took a close look at the Force AXS-equipped Transonic 1.1.

One of the more interesting features was an Oval Concepts-branded stem that routes hydraulic brake lines inside, and has a two-bolt faceplate that locks in place.

No official tire clearance information was provided, but it looked like the bike can probably squeeze 28’s inside.

Much of the spec is what you’d expect from Fuji – their own Oval house brand for wheels, saddle, and other accessories. The bike has full UCI approval, and will be used by Fuji-sponsored teams (though with their own components aboard).

The Transonic will start at $2,199, with the test model 1.1 shown at $7,999. Learn more about Fuji at the link below.

FujiBikes.com

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Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago

There’s no info on the Fuji website (or anywhere else) about the new Transonic.
Does it only support electronic drivetrains?

Dave
Dave
2 years ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

No. They have other builds with mechanical set-ups.

Huddy
Huddy
2 years ago

How does Shimano not have an official subcompact crank option yet? They’re giving a great lesson in how to grow your competitor’s market share by giving SRAM the 1x market and FSA the subcompact market; almost every new gravel bike has one of these.

satanas
satanas
2 years ago
Reply to  Huddy

Agreed. Praxis and Absolute Black have shown 48×32 (or 46×30 oval) can be made to fit on a 110 bcd, so that at least ought to be on offer. However, IMHO that’s still not small enough except perhaps for racing; <46×30 should be easily possible if there's to be a new crankset. There's been a slow trickle of parts from Shimano, like the RX derailleurs and short reach Ultegra levers, so maybe subcompact cranks will appear sometime soon. (Along with Dura-Ace, XT & SLX 12 speed groupsets.)

Involuntary Soul
Involuntary Soul
2 years ago
Reply to  Huddy

because small chainrings are mechanically inefficient, it is much better to have bigger front rings paired with bigger cassettes than small front ring with smaller cassette. Longer chainring lift, less drag

Gary
2 years ago

If that’s Shimano’s stance, then they should offer wide range 11 speed cassettes that start with something other than an 11T cog….and road derailleurs with enough capacity and clearance for up to 40T cogs.

Gary
2 years ago
Reply to  Huddy

So true, Huddy. I was shocked that there wasn’t a 48/32 option when R7000 105 was launched. FSA is out in front of this trend. I saw they now have Powerbox power meter cranks in 48/32 and 46/30. Only $649 retail for alloy crank arms, and bluetooth is now standard.

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
2 years ago
Reply to  Huddy

I’ve always thought the 16T difference of 50/34 makes shift patterns kind of awkward. I haven’t used them, but with smaller rings I would imagine it would feel even more so. Maybe Shimano feels the same and doesn’t want to go there. Just speculation.

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
2 years ago
Reply to  Huddy

I’d prefer to see a return of the triple over small 2x rings with a 16T difference paired with something like a 40T cassette. 50/34 is already awkward enough. Maybe an Ultegra 48/36/26. I’d buy that tomorrow.

James.
James.
2 years ago

There are mountain 26/36/48 cranksets. A Shimano SLX FC-M660 crankset is a triple with that setup for $80 on eBay. For all the criticism they get about not evolving, they have it because they never left the long haul touring people that bought this crankset configuration they have had since the early 1990s (there is also an XTR M990 crankset in 26/26/48).

i
i
2 years ago

Is there any word on what’s up with Fuji now though? Their parent company is bankrupt, but apparently they aren’t. The only Fuji dealer I’d ever seen was Performance – not surprising since they were owned by the same company, but now?

I have a Bighorn, which is an amazing bike for the price. No idea what the warranty situation with it is now though. The Jari looks pretty close to what I’m looking for in a gravel bike, but now that they seemingly don’t have any dealers…

Gary
2 years ago
Reply to  i

ASI (Fuji/Kestrel/Breezer/SE brands) was purchased out of the larger bankruptcy and the new owners are moving onward, as evidenced by these new product launches.

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2019/02/18/asi-ready-business-new-owners-say#.XLh80C2ZNLw

Gary
2 years ago

ASI (Fuji/Kestrel/SE/Breezer brands) was purchased out of the larger bankruptcy and the new owners are soldiering on, as evidenced by these new product announcements. They have pledged to honor warranties on previous purchases.

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2019/02/18/asi-ready-business-new-owners-say#.XLiAUS2ZNLx

Dex
Dex
2 years ago

Looks like Fuji borrowed the blueprint from the BMC road machine to design the new transonic.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago
Reply to  Dex

Wow, it does look very similar. Let’s hope the quality is better than a BMC. Luescher Teknik has cut up some BMC’s and some of them have looked horrific inside.

Ettore
Ettore
2 years ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

Wasn’t that a super old frame? I’m pretty sure BMC uses similar if not the same carbon manufacturers to other big brands.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago

I think it was a 2011/2012 BMC Racemachine RM01. Clearly the quality was sub-par.