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Fuji Bicycles Altamira LTD - 2011

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Fuji's service course in Spain is roughly 30-40km from a cave known as the Altamira. The cave contains what is said to be the first prehistoric paintings discovered in the world, making it a revered site for local Spaniards. It was only fitting, then, that when Fuji decided to sponsor Spanish team Geox-TMC, it provided the riders with a new frame bearing this legendary cave's name.

With the Altamira, Fuji's objective was to build a frameset suited specifically for grand tour racing. At the time, the majority of Fuji's pro riders were aboard its rigid SST (Super Stiff Team) sprinter-specific frame, which was really a 'quiver' frameset. The engineers knew their athletes would benefit more from a well-rounded workhorse frame, so they began collaborating directly with its team Geox-TMC pro riders during the development process. They used real-time race feedback gathered from the Spanish squad to refine its new frame platform, eventually leading to the Altamira design. The two-year R&D process proved to be a success, as Geox's Juan Jose Cobo relied on his trusty new steed to claim the top spot in 2011's grueling Vuelta. His bicycle handled beautifully, reassuring the Fuji team that their hard efforts produced the world-class race machine they had originally set out to build.

Fuji built its top-end Altamira from a high-modulus D-6 carbon blend. This is the highest level of carbon material Fuji manufactures, capable of producing incredibly low tube weights that deliver a stiff yet compliant road feel. Fuji applied the D-6 carbon to the Altamira using a three-tube -- top, head, and down tube -- monocoque front end, which was then molded to a second monocoque section that encompasses the bottom bracket and chainstays. The IST integrated seat tube and seatstays were molded separately, with all of the components assembled together using a modified tube-to-tube joining process. According to Fuji, the joints of the frame were strategically placed in low stress areas of the frame to provide a light, stiff, and vertically-compliant ride.

By working with Geox pro riders, Fuji's engineers were able to tweak the carbon tube shapes for an optimal race-tuned feel. They kept the lower chassis incredibly stiff by mating the large down tube and chainstays to an oversized press-fit BB86 bottom bracket. The enlarged juncture created an ultra-stiff pedaling platform, which, for you, means an efficient transfer of power directly into your rear wheel. Moving up from this section of the frame, Fuji paired a tapered top tube and slender seatstays for an overall balanced road feel. The result in this matchup is a rigid lower half of the frame combined with a more compliant upper section.

Rounding out the front of the frame, a tapered 1-1/8in to 1-1/2in head tube provides maximum rigidity and predictable handling. The fork Fuji developed specifically for the Altamira was molded from a lightweight FC-330 carbon layup. Below its tapered carbon steerer, Fuji's signature flared upper-blade fork design, which works to provide both front end rigidity and aerodynamics, flows down into the slender carbon dropouts.

The frameset includes an FSA No. 42 integrated headset with carbon top cover, a braze-on front derailleur mount, and carbon dropouts (with a replaceable hanger) at the rear of the frame.

The Fuji Altamira LTD frameset comes in at a claimed weight of 955g. It is available in 44cm, 47cm, and 50cm sizes, and in the Team Geox colorway.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
D6 high-modulus carbon fiber
Fork:
FC-330
Fork Material:
carbon monocoque
Fork Blade Shape:
straight
Steer Tube Type:
tapered carbon fiber
Dropout Type:
vertical
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
yes, FSA integrated
Bottom Bracket Type:
BB86
Front Derailleur Mount:
braze-on
Derailleur Pull:
bottom
Cable Routing:
external
Compatible Components:
mechanical drivetrain
Extras:
integrated seat mast
Recommended Use:
road racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Geometry chart

Fuji Bicycles

 

Geometry Chart

 

Altamira LTD
 

Seat Tube

(c-c)

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

(CS)

Wheelbase

44 40.0cm 64.5cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.2cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 43.0cm 68.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 46.0cm 71.4cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 49.0cm 74.4cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 50.8cm 77.5cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 52.8cm 79.4cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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good day.
I want the warranty and whether...

good day.
I want the warranty and whether the bikes are real or are replicas. Comes as seen in the photos?
the payment can be made by credit card?
I want to know the availability in size M (50)

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And good day to you as well, Edwin,

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Hey Edwin,
There's nothing to fear about lack of authenticity for this site. There are no imitations, just real products at reasonable, and in this case ridiculous prices.

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