In the early days of the Altamira, Fuji's engineers used real-time race feedback gathered from Spanish squad Geox to refine its new frame platform. This two-year R&D process in proved to be a success, eventually leading to the refined Altamira design, as Geox's Juan Jose Cobo relied on his trusty new steed to claim the top spot in 2011's grueling Vuelta. This updated, world-class race machine is now being built as a complete package, armed with a sleek Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain that's ready for everything you decide to throw its way.
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 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 professional 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 Altamira includes an Oval integrated headset and carbon dropouts (with a replaceable hanger) at the rear of the frame.
For the build kit of the Altamira, Fuji complemented its BB86 bottom bracket with a full Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 10-speed groupset. The machine includes Rotor's 3D+F 53/39t crankset and an 11-25t cassette. At the cockpit, the build features an Oval 910 carbon handlebar and Oval 700 stem, with Selle Italia's SL Kit Carbonio perched atop Oval's 900-series seatpost. In terms of wheels, the Altamira rolls on a pair of Oval's dependable 745 carbon/alloy clinchers that have been wrapped with Hutchinson's Atom Comp tires.
The Fuji Altamira 1.0/Shimano Dura-Ace 7970 Di2 Complete Road Bike - 2012 is available in sizes 44cm, 47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 55cm, and 58cm and in the Carbon/yellow colorway.