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Fuji Bicycles Altamira LTD - 2012

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Flash some Vuelta red.

It was a storybook ending for Spanish cycling fans at the 2011 Vuelta. One of their fellow countrymen, Juan Jose Cobo, emerged victorious in the end, proving his merit among the world's best cyclists. The victory was equally rewarding for Geox-TMC team sponsor Fuji, as Cobo took the crown aboard its new flagship Altamira frame. Perhaps it was a twist of fate, seeing that prior to the Vuelta Fuji had named its top-of-the-line racing platform after a prehistoric cave in Cobo's native Cantabria region of northern Spain. Within this cave, the earliest examples of human development and creativity are found, which provided inspiration for the frame developers at Fuji. And so, to celebrate Fuji's first grand tour victory, it released a limited edition Altamira frameset in 'Vuelta Red,' complete with graphic renderings of the Altamira bison cave drawings.

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 that top spot at the 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 53cm, 55cm, and 58cm sizes, and in the Vuelta 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
Rear Axle:
quick-release
Dropout Type:
vertical
Replaceable Rear Derailleur Hanger:
yes
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
yes, Oval integrated
Bottom Bracket Type:
BB86
Front Derailleur Mount:
braze-on
Derailleur Pull:
bottom
Seat Collar:
included
Seatpost Diameter:
34.9 mm
Cable Routing:
external
Compatible Components:
mechanical drivetrains
Recommended Use:
road racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Geometry chart

Fuji Bicycles

 

Geometry Chart

 

Altamira LTD
 

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 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 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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