Review Of Fuji Absolute 1.7 (2020)
Are you looking for a new commuter bike or maybe just an easy, comfortable ride? For 2020, Fuji Bicycles brings you the Absolute 1.7 – the flat bar road bike.
BEST FOR Urban commutes
FEATURES: Mechanical disc brakes, rack & fender mounts, upright position, 700 x32c wheels
FRAME: Fuji A2-SL custom-butted alloy
FORK: Fuji A1 alloy
CRANKSET: Shimano Acera, 48/36/26T w/ chainguard
BOTTOM BRACKET: Sealed cartridge
PEDALS: Resin platform
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Altus
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Alivio
SHIFTERS: Shimano Altus EF652, EZ Fire, 3 x 9-speed
CASSETTE: Shimano Acera, 11-32T
CHAIN: KMC X9
WHEELSET: Alex double-wall rims 32h, stainless spokes
TIRES: Kenda Journey, 700 x 32c, w/K-shield flat protection
BRAKE SET: Tektro M280 mechanical disc, 160mm/140mm rotor
BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano EF652
HEADSET: FSA, 1-1/8″ semi-integrated
HANDLEBAR: Alloy, 20mm rise
STEM: 3-D forged alloy, 17 degree
GRIPS: Velo comfort sport
SADDLE: Selle Royal Milo+
SEATPOST: Alloy, 27.2mm diameter
Nashbar – MSRP $549.99
Fuji Absolute 1.7 Full Review
Constructed of Fuji’s A2-SL custom-butted alloy frame and A1 alloy fork, this bike will be lightweight, maneuverable and comfortable.
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The comfort features of this ride extend beyond the frame to the flat-bar handlebar and the gentle frame geometry. This bike will give you a comfortable ride whether you are looking to run errands or commute to work.
Additionally, the bike has mounting options for a variety of bag options to accommodate groceries or your work gear. The wide wheels and tires will do a wonderful job dampening any harsh road surfaces you may encounter while providing excellent handling and making you feel secure during your ride.
The K-shield flat protection of the Kenda tires will remove another layer of worry by giving you the confidence you won’t be getting flat tires around every turn. The wheels will stay true through thick and thin.
You will be able to rely on the tried and true components offered by Shimano on this bicycle. The three-ring chainring (offering 48, 36, and 26 tooth options) and 11-32 tooth rear cassette will allow you to tackle any elevation with confidence.
You’ll be able to tackle hills with ease and cruise through the flats. This will be especially helpful for the commuter who doesn’t want to sweat on the way to work but maybe wants to get a workout in on the way home. The mechanical disc brakes will provide confident stopping power and reliability in all manner of conditions.
More than just commuting comfort
If commuting isn’t your thing and you’re getting a machine to get some good weekend miles in this will be a great purchase.
The wider tires and variety of gearing will allow you to tackle a wide range of road surfaces and elevations with confidence. The flat-bar handlebar will keep you comfortable throughout and provide an excellent level of steering control.
Overall this bicycle will provide for a wide array of versatility and uses. The variety of options for panniers/packs allows for the use of this machine for the growing hobby of “bikepacking.”
However, I would caution you to stick to trails that aren’t more difficult than a crushed limestone or something similar.
This bike would not fair well on an aggressive mountain bike trail, but there are many parks and other recreation areas that allow the use of bicycles and those trails are not as aggressive as an off-road, mountain bike trail.
Care and Maintenance
The care and maintenance of this bicycle will be similar to that of all bicycles. As you put the miles on you will notice the shifting may get rough or your disc brakes may rub.
This is completely normal and nothing to be afraid of. It is easily remedied by a mechanic at your local bike shop or through the careful use of YouTube videos. The reason the gears don’t shift or the brakes rub is caused by the stretching of the cables.
Your gears shift, essentially, by increasing and decreasing the tension on the shifting cables. These cables run from your shifting levers to the derailleurs and brake levers to the brakes themselves. As you use them they stretch and come out of adjustment. It is nothing to be concerned with and is easily fixed by a local bike mechanic.
Many bicycle shops will offer service plans with your bicycle purchase. If you are buying the bicycle online you likely won’t get a service option but any local bike shop will be able to provide you service for your bicycle.
Overall, this bicycle is a great option for someone looking to purchase their first bike to use for commuting or for a seasoned rider who needs an upgrade. The mechanical disc brakes will provide you great stopping power on a bicycle that will be incredibly comfortable to ride in just about any situation.
I’d strongly recommend using it on established roads or trails, it isn’t quite made for off-road, mountain bike uses. The gearing will prove you endless options allowing you to easily ride over and through any variety of terrain.