Fuji Norcom Straight 2.5 Triathlon Road Bike - 2015. The 2015 Fuji Norcom Straight 2.5 is a truly performance driven time trial/triathlon bike for those looking to make a meaningful entrance into that racing category with leading carbon fiber frame technology. Fuji's designers worked hand in hand with Olympic traithlete Matty Reed and pro triathlon champions Sarah Haskins and Cameron Dye to develop new aero shaping techniques, addressing issues from a pro rider's perspective, and then translating these inputs into a bike that more than holds its own on any time trial/triathlon circuit. The Norcom Straight's C5 carbon frame and FC-440 carbon fork technology feature technology that increases stiffness, steering response, and of course, aerodynamics. Norcom was engineered largely in the legendary A2 Wind Tunnel facility in North Carolina, where designers were able to reduce the drag on every yaw angle on the frame and fork, and incorporate the most developed shaping techniques in the industry. The result is one of the industry's lightest and stiffest full monocoque C5 carbon frames. Norcom Straight's designers moved the rear brake to a chainstay mount directly behind the bottom bracket (as opposed to being on the seat tube in previous bikes), and opted to go with a pressfit BB86 bottom bracket which moves the bearings outward on the crank axle improving the stiffness of both the frame -- through a greater cross-sectional width at the BB shell -- and the crank itself. The result was a surprising 26% increase in stiffness in the BB area, which to a triathlon or time trial rider equals faster times. With full consideration that aerodynamics are not only critical for the bike, but also for the rider, Fuji paid careful attention to the adjustability of the rider's position on the Norcom Straight. As input from their top-level riders indicated, an aero bike is an absolute necessity, but a bike must have the versatility to get any rider into an optimized aero position while still maintaining a position in which the rider can run for extended periods of time comfortably and efficiently--designers and athletes agree that this is among the greatest feats achieved on the Norcom Straight project, producing a bike that any rider can race on and reap its greatest benefits.
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