If you are a beginner cyclist looking for a starter road bike, you have to navigate between the big-box-department-store cheap bikes (that will likely start having problems within the first month you own them) and local bike store (LBS) road bikes that can be thousands of dollars. However, to get a beginner road bike that will be suitable for vigorous training, group rides and local races, you don’t have to spend $1,000. There are some bikes out there that can be great beginner road bicycles for a beginner to get started with. One of these is the Fuji Newest 3.0 road bike. Here’s my Fuji Newest 3.0 Road Bike review:
If I use some terminology in this review that you aren’t familiar with, please take a moment to see my Tips for Buying a Beginner Road Bike for explanations. As I mention in that article, although I am a cheapskate, it is hard to get a decent road bike for less than $700. The Fuji Newest 3.0 retails for around $780, but can sometimes be found during sales at Performance Bike for big savings.
As for the specifics of the bike, the front crank (by the pedals) is a triple crank — meaning it has 3 different chain rings, which allows for some easy gearing helpful for beginners. The “cassette” of gears on the back wheel has 8 gears, so you have 24 speeds possible in all. When riding the bike, I thought the gear shifting was just as good as the shifting on my Giant Defy 3.
While most road bikes these days are made with only one set of two brake levers that also serve as shifters (so you have to have your hands on the shifter hoods to brake), the Fuji Newest 3.0 also has brake levers “on the tops” of the bar. This allows for easy braking while riding in a slightly more relaxed position. While serious racers would worry about the extra weight from the second set of brake levers, this set-up is really nice for beginners. I have to admit, when I was riding the Newest 3.0 it made me wish that my road bike had an extra set of brake levers.
Everyone has different preferences in bike saddles, but I found the seat on the Fuji Newest 3.0 to be very comfortable as far as road bike seats go — as with all road bikes, you will still need to wear either bike shorts or padded liners under your normal shorts or pants (you don’t have to wear spandex to ride a road bike!). The Newest 3.0 comes with flat platform pedals that are really not optimal for a road bike, so eventually you will probably want to upgrade to something like Shimano M324 pedals that allow you to either ride on a platform or locked in with shoes with cleats. However, most starter road bikes don’t come with those types of pedals, and I’d suggest getting comfortable riding a road bike first before making that upgrade.
The verdict: I think the Fuji Newest 3.0 is a nice-riding road bike that (at its normal price) is a good value, and when you catch it on sale it can be one of the best values out there for a beginner road bike.
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