In my preliminary Fuji Absolute 3.0 review, I discussed in detail the basic components and appearance of the Absolute 3.0 hybrid bike. Now that I’ve had some more time to get the Absolute 3.0 out on the road, I’ll share with you my Fuji Absolute riding review.
As I mentioned in my prior review, in 2010 Consumer Reports ranked the Absolute 3.0 at the top of their Fitness Bike category. After riding the bike for a while now, I certainly understand why: the Fuji Absolute 3.0 rides just the way that a fitness bike should ride — stiff when it should be, but just the right amount of flex. Sure, you feel the bumps more than on a “comfort bike” with a suspension, but this is a faster and quicker bike so that’s to be expected. The Absolute 3.0 handles as nimbly and quickly as a road racer, but with a more upright seating position.
A highlight for me was the shifting. Shifting gears on the Fuji Absolute 3.0 is really smooth, and the gearing on this bike has a wide range of easy gears to help smooth out the hills. The Absolute 3.0 has both a fast feel and also rides very quietly, so it’s a lot of fun to ride.
Braking was more than adequate, with the Tektro V-brakes consistently allowing me to stop quickly from speed (and I’m a heavy guy). The saddle and handlebars were both comfortable to me, though on longer rides the saddle gets a bit uncomfortable for me (different people like different saddles). The pedals were better than average, though I’d be inclined to change them out to either clipless pedals or pedals with clips and straps (but that’s just my preference). Speaking of upgrades, the Absolute 3.0 can also be fitted with fenders and a rack for use as a commuter bike.
The Fuji Absolute 3.0 is nimble, smooth shifting, fast and quiet, which all add up to a very nice riding experience and an excellent value for the money. You can find more information about the Absolute 3.0 on the Fuji Bikes website.