Fuji really knocked it out of the park with the 2017 Rakan.  Most importantly they have changed the frame to handle both 27.5+ and 29er wheelsets which, in my opinion, is going to be the hottest trend of 2017 (and I love it!).

Fuji specced the Rakan 3.1 with excellent components.  This rig is sporting a SRAM X1 1×11 drivetrain, SRAM RS 180mm hydraulic disc brakes, and Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires (29×2.35″ or 27.5×2.8″) on DT Swiss M1700s.  Fox handles the squish on this bike with a 120mm Fox 24 up front and 120mm EVOL in the rear.  This setup also includes the new Fox Transfer Stealth dropper post in the same gold kashima coating as the suspension.

If you look closely at the chainstay you will notice a pivot smack dab in the middle.  This is Fuji’s MLink or “Midlink” suspension system. The idea behind this is that it offers the best of both long and short link systems. They added two bars to connect the rear triangle making for a nice stiff swing arm.  I found this suspension to be very efficient in the climbs with very little pedal bob. That being said, I did not find it to be extremely plush BUT a 27.5+ wheelset would make up for that quite a bit.

The frame of the Rakan 3.1 seen here is made out of Fuji’s A6-SL aluminum and this build weighs in at 29.4lbs. The Rakan 3.1 29 retails at $4,949, but you can get into an entry level model at $2,099.  If you are interested in the 27.5+ model the 3.1 version retails for $4,999.

Fuji did a great job with the Rakan.  27.5+/29 conversion bikes are a blast to ride, the MLink suspension was super efficient, and the components spec’d on this rig are stellar.  If you haven’t given a 27.5+ bike a whirl yet I highly recommend it.  They are a BLAST!

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# Comments

  • tonylapy@aol.com

    Bottle mounts guarantee dirt and disease in your mouth. Cables under chainstay really dumb, way overpriced, too heavy. Not a knock out by any means.
    les under chain stay really dumb.

    • Aaron Chamberlain

      Why do you think cables under the chainstay are dumb? It’s expensive, but it also has a really good component spec. You can find carbon bikes in this price range, but with lower level components.

  • Robert Dobbs

    Interesting review. Fuji is not a name that leaps to mind when I think of MTB manufacturers. That said, there is a guy in my town who sells Fuji bikes out of his house (long story, don’t ask) at significant discounts, 30-40%, … he has little, or no, overhead. I may have to pay him a visit and check this Rakan out.

    • Colton Lock

      You totally should! With that markdown you could get a really nice bike for a screaming price! NICE!

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