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With less travel (120mm), but bigger tires (29″), the Rakan is very similar in features to the Auric but it is more targeted towards XC and all mountain trail riders than enduro racers. The frame is also Fuji’s A6-SL alloy which is their top of the line lightweight, butted aluminum. It has internal cable routing options and comes with Boost 148 and Boost 110 hub spacing for stiffness and better tracking. Pivots use sealed cartridge bearings for durability and ease of maintenance and the Rakan uses a press fit bottom bracket.
The Rakan is available in four sizes (15″, 17″, 19″, 21″) and the color for the 1.1 is satin black with blue and citrus highlights. The Rakan 1.1 is spec’ed with a Fox 32 Float 29 with 120mm of travel and a Fox Float handles rear suspension duties. The drivetrain is SRAM’s X1 1×11 with Shimano Deore XT brakes. Like most Fuji’s, the cockpit is heavily strewn with Oval Concepts (sister company of Fuji and Breezer) parts. The wheelset is DT Swiss X1700 Spline Twos rolling on Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires. Claimed weight is 26.84 lbs for a size medium and the Rakan will be available towards the end of November. Pricing is as follows:
Rakan 29 1.1 – 00 99
Rakan 29 1.3 – 00 49
Rakan 29 1.5 – 50 49
And just where do the names “Auric” and “Rakan” come from? Our Fuji connection explained that the names are taken from Japanese Buddhist scriptures. An Auric pertains to aura as in the colors seen around the enlightened Buddha. And a Rakan is an evolved soul on the way to enlightenment, not quite to the level of a Buddha.