2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes

  • by Evan Rudd, Aaron Hersh, Geoff Nenninger, Julia Beeson Polloreno, Jené Shaw
  • Published Feb 16, 2015
  • Updated Mar 16, 2015 at 6:58 PM UTC

Fuji Norcom Straight 2.1

The draw: Performance-tuned ride quality

For a bike that’s ready to race out of the box at a reasonable price, Fuji builds this version of the Norcom Straight with a dependable mixed Shimano Ultegra groupset and deep-section clincher wheels from house brand Oval. Without upgrading a piece, this kit has no weak points (except maybe the saddle). Ride quality is where the Norcom Straight stands out. It finds a near ideal balance between stability and agility; the feeling of outstanding torsional stiffness helps translate every steering input to the road.

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