Athlete feedback is at the core of the Fuji brand, as Fuji develops its products based on the performance needs of its sponsored professional athletes and then applies the technology derived to every type of ride. Fuji-sponsored pro team NetApp-Endura was heavily involved in the development process of the Transonic, providing extensive ride testing feedback, as well insight from conception.
When Fuji asked members of NetApp-Endura what they were seeking out of an aero road bike, "fast" was the unanimous answer. But a close second: control, as it enables them to fearlessly and adeptly achieve speeds unattainable without it. And so the quest for control began.
1 series Transonic frames are constructed of Fuji's ultra high-modulus C10 carbon, and the 2 series frames: Fuji's C5 high-modulus carbon. Both are lightweight, high-strength, and most importantly, oriented in a layup schedule that optimizes stiffness.
Fuji designed the Transonic with wider cross-sectional tubes than the traditional airfoils of an aero road bike to achieve maximum stiffness, while still maintaining an aerodynamic edge. Carbon fiber, by its nature, does not like sharp angles; the smooth edges of the frame further optimize stiffness by providing a more gradual transition in the tube walls that enables the carbon to perform at its best characteristic.
Additionally, the frame's oversized, asymmetrical Energy Transfer Chainstays (ETC) enhance lateral stiffness by offsetting the drivetrain-induced torque and displacing power more evenly through the frame. And the Transonic's Press-Fit 30 bottom bracket allows for the use of larger diameter, lighter, and stiffer alloy axles.
The Transonic's head tube angle and fork offset were carefully chosen to be within the optimal range of trail to ensure stable steering and confidence-inspiring handling.
The Transonic is one of the stiffest aero road bikes on the market, boasting exceptional power transfer as a result, while its geometry provides confidence-inspiring stability and razor-sharp steering precision. How does it translate on the road for NetApp-Endura?
"On the downhill, the bike is really safe. Really precise in the corners. Take your hands off, and the bike goes in the same direction. Really stable. For me, this is important to feel safe. Another thing is when you go in the flats, it's really easy to keep a good speed. You can go 50k an hour on other bikes, but it's hard to keep the speed. It's much easier on the Transonic."
"On a downhill run, as you go faster, the aerodynamics make a greater and greater difference. This bike is going to help that a hell of a lot. At the same time, when it's stiff, then you're not as worried. When a bike's jittery, you brake more. If you know it's solid, fast, then you descend away. I can't see a situation where it won't be better for me. Even if I'm heading into a climb, the most important thing is that I'm cutting the wind well to help Leo [König] or Tiago [Machado] or whoever I'm helping. I'm really excited to have a bike that is the best opportunity for me to get results and to do the best job I can all the time."