Fuji’s new Transonic aero road bike is serving its riders well in the Tour de France as NetApp-Endura team leader Leo Konig stands in seventh on general classification after stage 16.
Second division team, NetApp-Endura earned a wildcard selection for the Tour de France, and they are one of only 4 teams lacking first division status, but their riders are showing strong form.
Sport director Enrico Poitschke told VeloNews (velonews.competitor.com), “Normally, the bigger teams are in a better place to do well, but we are doing a good job.”
Transonic unveiled in Evans Cycles store launch
The team are riding the Transonic road bikes, which were unveiled in the Evans Cycles Leeds City store ahead of the Tour de France Grand Depart.
Fuji are available in the UK exclusively to Evans Cycles and we’re proud to be a part of their story with NetApp-Endrua.
Team NetApp-Endura were on hand at the press launch in the morning to talk with journalists and pose for photos – here’s a video diary of the launch and a close up look at the bike:
Fuji Transonic in detail
The Fuji Transonic has been engineered in the wind tunnel to optimize the aerodynamics and underwent FEA analysis to shape the frame to maximize stiffness.
It owes many of its other rider-friendly characteristics to the riders and mechanics of NetApp-Endura, with engineers listening to feedback and working closely with the riders to ensure the bike met their highest demands.
The bike features fully internal cable routing including an internal Di2 battery, direct-mount Shimano brakes, and press-fit BB30. The 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.
Ralph Denk, Team Manager of Team NetApp – Endura, praised the newest addition to the Fuji product line: “We are fortunate that we as a team contributed to the development of Fuji’s new bike on various stages. The Transonic will be a big success for Fuji and us as a team, as it delivers the perfect compromise of aerodynamic, comfort and stiffness.
Speaking before the team embarked upon the Tour, he said: “Our riders report back that this is one of the best bikes they ever raced and we are happy to prove its excellence at the most demanding cycling race possible – the Tour de France”.
Senior Fuji Product Manager Steve Fairchild told us: “We’re proud to launch our new aero road bike not only at the most prestigious event in our sport, but with NetApp-Endura. The team’s input throughout the entire process was key to its development. The riders wanted an aero bike, of course, but they also wanted a bike that had excellent stiffness and unwavering control on descents, in tight turns and in cross-winds. And, the mechanics wanted a world-class bike that was easy to work on.”
He added: “With its superior stiffness-to-weight ratio, power transfer, stability, and steering precision, as well as brakes positioned on the seatstays rather than under the bottom bracket, we feel the Transonic delivered.”
The Tranosnic bikes range from £1450 to £4000 – you can test ride one in any one of our stores, just call your local shop to order the right size in.