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    Any Fuji owners out there?

    Who else out there rides a Fuji? I own a 2003 Fuji Team that I purchased back in September. It's the first road bike I have owned in years and I have already put over 1000 miles on it. I've even done 2 centuries over the past 4 months.

    Needless to say, I am ecstatic about every aspect of this bike - comfort, handling, performance, weight (16.6 pounds!), and quality. I was scorned at first by my LBS for purchasing a Fuji (told me not to get a Taiwanese bike - even though his Specialized' bikes are also made in Taiwan), but now I feel very happy about my decision. And I have talked to a number of other cyclists who own Fuji's that love them. At some point I will upgrade to a Trek OCLV (5900 probably), but until then I am going to pedal happily on my Fuji Team.

    Thx...Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgangi
    Who else out there rides a Fuji? I own a 2003 Fuji Team that I purchased back in September. It's the first road bike I have owned in years and I have already put over 1000 miles on it. I've even done 2 centuries over the past 4 months.

    Needless to say, I am ecstatic about every aspect of this bike - comfort, handling, performance, weight (16.6 pounds!), and quality. I was scorned at first by my LBS for purchasing a Fuji (told me not to get a Taiwanese bike - even though his Specialized' bikes are also made in Taiwan), but now I feel very happy about my decision. And I have talked to a number of other cyclists who own Fuji's that love them. At some point I will upgrade to a Trek OCLV (5900 probably), but until then I am going to pedal happily on my Fuji Team.

    Thx...Doug
    I've got a pretty good deal on a Fuji team frame, do you have any pictures of your bike? I'd like to see the whole bike built up. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by TACSTS
    I've got a pretty good deal on a Fuji team frame, do you have any pictures of your bike? I'd like to see the whole bike built up. Thanks
    This is the photo of the bike when I first got it. Today it has over 1000 miles and has a few more nicks and scratches...

    Thx...Doug
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    I also have a Fuji Team, just got it last month and only ridden a couple of times so far, hope to ride more as the days get longer and will take a trip to NC to ride the Smokies this summer. Can't wait to see how it climbs.

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    Fuji Team

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyNeutron
    I also have a Fuji Team, just got it last month and only ridden a couple of times so far, hope to ride more as the days get longer and will take a trip to NC to ride the Smokies this summer. Can't wait to see how it climbs.
    I've ridden a lot of steep hills around here (Arizona) and the bike climbs GREAT! It's light and nimble so you won't feel the bike holding you back. And I didn't detect any flex in the frame.

    Just last week I rode a century that had 2 5+ mile climbs (6-8 percent grade). I had to put the bike in my lowest gear the entire way up, standing in some places where it got really steep. The bike was definitely not the issue...I was

    Thx...Doug

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    My girlfriend's 01 Team has a sticker saying Made in the USA. Great bike nonetheless. Country of build is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay overrated. If a company has any pride in their work, they would be on top of their production facility, no matter what country it's in.

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    I've got a Fuji Sagres (flat bar road) that I just picked up for super cheap
    I'm working on losing 20 pounds, and this bike has been a fun way to burn some fat. The ride quality is very impressive for being so cheap, and with the adjustable stem, Im slowly working my way into a more areo postition as my fitness improves.
    I will definatly consider Fuji's "real" road bikes when I get back in shape and can justify spending serious money on something nice.
    I don't care that it's from Taiwan, they make some great bikes.

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    Fuji or Specialized

    I'm in the market for a new bike. My local bike shop sales both Fuji and Specialized. I am trying to decide between a Fuji Team or Pro and a Specialized Roubaix Elite. The Fuji has much better components for the price, Al frame. The Specialized slides on components but the comments I've seen say it is much more comfortable then the Fuji with it's carbon frame.
    Is the Fuji really that uncomfortable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacodog
    I'm in the market for a new bike. My local bike shop sales both Fuji and Specialized. I am trying to decide between a Fuji Team or Pro and a Specialized Roubaix Elite. The Fuji has much better components for the price, Al frame. The Specialized slides on components but the comments I've seen say it is much more comfortable then the Fuji with it's carbon frame.
    Is the Fuji really that uncomfortable?
    I ride a 2003 Fuji Professional. Last month on a club ride I swapped bikes with someone who has a Specialized Roubaix. The Specialized was significantly smoother. More so than my steel Colnago.

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    Roubaix

    Quote Originally Posted by triadrider
    I ride a 2003 Fuji Professional. Last month on a club ride I swapped bikes with someone who has a Specialized Roubaix. The Specialized was significantly smoother. More so than my steel Colnago.
    I went ahead and got a Roubaix Comp. It was a 2005 so I got a decent price. I really like the bike. I think the carbon frame will be better for my old bones.

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    I have..

    I have a Motobecane Le Champion SL, which I believe is identical to a Fuji Team SL. I have had it for about 2 months, have 1000 kilometres on it. I love this bike. I don't know how it could get much better, despite what others might think about these bikes being "second-tier" products.

    Quote Originally Posted by dgangi
    Who else out there rides a Fuji? I own a 2003 Fuji Team that I purchased back in September. It's the first road bike I have owned in years and I have already put over 1000 miles on it. I've even done 2 centuries over the past 4 months.

    Needless to say, I am ecstatic about every aspect of this bike - comfort, handling, performance, weight (16.6 pounds!), and quality. I was scorned at first by my LBS for purchasing a Fuji (told me not to get a Taiwanese bike - even though his Specialized' bikes are also made in Taiwan), but now I feel very happy about my decision. And I have talked to a number of other cyclists who own Fuji's that love them. At some point I will upgrade to a Trek OCLV (5900 probably), but until then I am going to pedal happily on my Fuji Team.

    Thx...Doug
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    I have one !

    I have a 04' Thrill (MTB) bomb proof frame and very comfortable , I was considering a Fuji road bike as well.. until I fell in love with A Felt.

    Very much a underrated brand. Who cares where its made if it rides good and works for your riding style than its a good bike.


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    04 Roubiax

    I own a 04 Fuji Roubiax. I've had it for a little over a year. I've put a little over 4000 miles on itsince last September. I've switched from a triple to a double, added a carbon seat post and switched wheels. I also own a older 8 speed steel frame Roubiax, I've had that one for 4 years now. They are both great bikes to ride. I bought the 04 Roubiax for under 900.00 new, great price for what it comes with.
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    New 2005 Fuji Professional

    10 Days ago I picked up a new Fuji Professional, it's a 58 cm, and it rides amazingly. It's super stiff, but hasn't beaten me up on the few 2+ hr rides I've gotten to go on. I love the Dura Ace components, crisp shifting. Looking the bike over very carefully, I'm super impressed with the quality of the frame and the 350 gram fork. It's semi compact, I think, so it looks a bit smaller than it fits. The one thing I have yet to test it on is really leaning it into the corners to see how it tracks, in due time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alem1583
    10 Days ago I picked up a new Fuji Professional, it's a 58 cm, and it rides amazingly. It's super stiff, but hasn't beaten me up on the few 2+ hr rides I've gotten to go on. I love the Dura Ace components, crisp shifting. Looking the bike over very carefully, I'm super impressed with the quality of the frame and the 350 gram fork. It's semi compact, I think, so it looks a bit smaller than it fits. The one thing I have yet to test it on is really leaning it into the corners to see how it tracks, in due time.
    Nice looking bike. I just purchased the exact same bike in a size 54cm. However, since I can never leave well enough alone, I decided to swap out the Ritchey Pro cockpit with the following:

    Ritchey WCS stem
    Ritchey WCS bars (same shape but stiffer and slightly lighter than the Pro bars)
    Felt carbon seatpost (that Ritchey Pro is a tank)
    Velo Prolite seat (the OEM Selle Italia is not very comfy IMHO)

    I figured these parts swaps alone dropped 1/2 pound from the bike (seatpost swap alone dropped 110g).

    I'll post pics as soon as it's all put together. I can't wait.

    Thx...Doug

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    Smart Upgrades

    Good call on the seatpost, I'm shopping around now for a carbon seatpost. The rest I'll leave alone for now, grad student budget and all. Maybe someday, in a moment of weakness, I'll throw down the cash for a pair of ZeroG brakes....

    I also have my Ritchey Protocol Wheels that are going to go on there with a 12-25 cassette for some hillier races. If nothing else, it completes the Ritchey set up. Now that the recall happened, they are almost as smooth as the Velomax's and lighter.

    Does this frame bear a strong resemblance to the Scott CR-1 to anyone else???
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    Quote Originally Posted by alem1583
    Does this frame bear a strong resemblance to the Scott CR-1 to anyone else???
    It should. They are made in the same factory.

    Thx...Doug

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    2005 Team SL (f+f)

    Here's a pic of her in action back in Sept. I bought the frame and fork late in the season (from the RBR classifieds) as a stiffer replacement for my Look KG361. The ride is harsher, but it's a race bike and I've gotten used to the ride. I have no complaints after 1100 miles on it (plus I like the look of the nude Al).

    Quote Originally Posted by dgangi
    Who else out there rides a Fuji? I own a 2003 Fuji Team that I purchased back in September. It's the first road bike I have owned in years and I have already put over 1000 miles on it. I've even done 2 centuries over the past 4 months.

    Needless to say, I am ecstatic about every aspect of this bike - comfort, handling, performance, weight (16.6 pounds!), and quality. I was scorned at first by my LBS for purchasing a Fuji (told me not to get a Taiwanese bike - even though his Specialized' bikes are also made in Taiwan), but now I feel very happy about my decision. And I have talked to a number of other cyclists who own Fuji's that love them. At some point I will upgrade to a Trek OCLV (5900 probably), but until then I am going to pedal happily on my Fuji Team.

    Thx...Doug
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    Here's my '05 Professional...

    Quote Originally Posted by alem1583
    10 Days ago I picked up a new Fuji Professional, it's a 58 cm, and it rides amazingly. It's super stiff, but hasn't beaten me up on the few 2+ hr rides I've gotten to go on. I love the Dura Ace components, crisp shifting. Looking the bike over very carefully, I'm super impressed with the quality of the frame and the 350 gram fork. It's semi compact, I think, so it looks a bit smaller than it fits. The one thing I have yet to test it on is really leaning it into the corners to see how it tracks, in due time.
    Here's my '05 Professional. As stated in my earlier post, I upgraded the following stock components out of the box:

    Ritchey Pro seatpost -> Pedal Force Q2 carbon post
    Ritchey Pro 100 stem -> Ritchey WCS 100 stem
    Ritchey Pro 40 bars -> Ritchey WCS 40 bars
    Selle Italia C2 saddle -> SDG Ti-Fly saddle

    I also slapped on some Time RXS Carbon pedals and Tacx Tao water cages.

    All-in-all I am VERY pleased with the bike. It handles just like my '03 Team, which is very nimble and precise...but it tracks a little better (probably due to the stiffness of the frame and/or the wheels). What I really like is the stiffness of the frame with a forgiving ride -- there is NO flex whatsoever, even while standing up steep hills. I wouldn't necessarily call this a "plush" ride...but what road bike is? What really makes the difference is riding over rough pavement. The Team would beat me up but the Professional smoothes the vibrations out noticeably. It really makes a difference.

    Thx...Doug
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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Kong
    Here's a pic of her in action back in Sept. I bought the frame and fork late in the season (from the RBR classifieds) as a stiffer replacement for my Look KG361. The ride is harsher, but it's a race bike and I've gotten used to the ride. I have no complaints after 1100 miles on it (plus I like the look of the nude Al).
    Nice looking bike. Is that an '05 or '06 frame? I didn't know the Team SL came in nude AL - my friend's is a stealthy flat black.

    What components did you put on it?

    As far as ride goes, that's the exact same frame that I have on my '03. You're right about the ride -- it is on the harsh side. But for an AL frame, I think it's actually pretty good. It doesn't jackhammer you like some other AL frames can.

    Thx...Doug

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    Thanks, I think it looks pretty good too. The frame is a 2005 model. It has an Ultegra 9 gruppo, Kestrel EMS bar, Ritchey Pro stem, Mavic CXP33 rims laced to Hugi 240 hubs, Look CX-6 pedals, Giant carbon post, and Selle Italia Turbomatic 4 saddle. I swapped everything over from my Look KG361, except the fr der and seatpost (different sizes). It isn't the lightest build out there but it's a solid ride.

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    2005 Fuji Professional

    A couple of weeks ago I unexpectedly upgraded from a 2005 Klein Pro V (Shimano 105 components) to the 2005 Fuji Professional with complete Dura Ace component set. My Klein was on a bike rack and got squashed like a bug by an F-150 that rear-ended our car on our way back from vacation

    The Fuji is great. I've tried it out in the mountains on some long climbs and have have found it to be stiff, responsive and a very comfortable ride. I'm flying up hills now. I just can't believe the difference in the quality of the Dura Ace compared with 105s. BTW I'm 215 pounds and the bike is holding up great

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    New owner of a Fuji Team SL

    I just bought a closeout on a fuji team sl from 2005 (clearcoated aluminum). Its a nice bike. For full aluminum the ride was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I rode over fifty last saturday and I was feeling fine. Rode again on Sunday and my body had no complaints. As a person who started riding in the early nineties on a hard Cdale, I am suprised at how smooth the frame is. Overall, I am very happy, its super light (around 15 lbs) and the compact gearing make this a real climbers bike.

    I would like to drop a little more weight on the bike and I am thinking about switching my ultegra cassette with a dura ace sometime down the road. Everything else on the frame is pretty lightweight.

    Also, I bought this as a closeout from the local Performance store. It was around $1400 with Ultegra ten speed.

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    Cool Fuji Bike

    I bought a 2004 Fuji Team Issue back in March of 2006. I am very pleased with my purchase and the way the bike rides. I managed to get the 1 of the 3 frame and forks that were left in 64cm size that year. I put on some 2006 shimano 105 parts with FSA headset and cranks for just 1100 bucks. I don't think I will have a reason to upgrade anytime soon. If I do it will be a Cervelo or a Trek just because of the warranty. Fuji Frame and fork warranty is only for 5 years but by then who knows what I will be doing.... Maybe I will even be fast by then.
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    Yeah, I have three Fujis; two are Sagres; the other is a 685; all are 67.5cm c-c.
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