Weaknesses: No carbon fork, but hey, we rode without those for centuries anyway...
Just picked up a good clean used FUJI Ace road bike, circa 2003, and man am I impressed with this bike. Not expensive, but delivers a great ride for cheap! It's just what I was looking for - an inexpensive road bike with decent components and a good ride. Something I can enjoy putting 30-40 miles a week on and still have money in my pocket.
Strengths: Inexpensive price for some pretty good features. Even the tires are pretty cheap ($15ish) for up to 125psi! It would be nice if it was lighter, but I really didn't want to spend more than $500 on a bicycle for commuting the rough (although paved) bicycle trails to and from UCSB. I'm surprised that the bicycle hasn't taken heavy damage from those huge potholes I've run into and over several times. I suspect it endures because it's steel but that's just speculation.
This is better than I expected for something cheaper than all other entry-level bikes, but just as expected for what I paid.
Weaknesses: Not as light as it could be, but I got what I paid for. I'm completely satisfied with this bicycle. The crank made some creaking noises when I first got it, but I found that the bike shop didn't tighten the crank enough. Once tightened, the noise vanished. Also mentioned by someone else, downshifting is a little harsh if you don't lower your torque.
I had an old, rusted, very heavy mountain bike since 2000, and was shopping for a replacement. I opened my eyes to the world of road bicycling, and thought to buy the most inexpensive new bicycle I could find. Turns out the cheapest one by far (in this area) was the 2003 Fuji League for $285, but I didn't like the down-tube shifting. I opted instead for the slightly more expensive, slightly lighter, slightly better 2003 Fuji Ace. Before I bought it, I went around to 7 or 8 other bicycle shops and tried their cheapest road bike (always $500 or more). I couldn't tell the difference between the Trek, Giant, or Specialized ones. Therefore, I bought this Fuji. It is a perfect match for me, exactly what I was looking for: an inexpensive road bike to commute to and from school, and use as an alternative to driving. I've had it since March 9, 2004, and I've almost put 400 miles on it. I've hit some SERIOUS potholes too, but nothing seems to have been damaged. Because this bike is exactly what I was looking for, it was a perfect solution and receives my high rating. (If I had more money and wanted a better bike but settled for less, then the rating would reflect that circumstance.)
Since hardly anyone uses a new road bicycle to go around town and leave locked up, I realized that mine particularly stands out even though it is entry-level and inexpensive. I therefore bought an expensive lock (that weighs over 6lbs), and that really increases my ride weight as well. =T
Similar Products Used: Cannodale(fathers bike a freebie)
Bike Setup: Shimano Sora shifters.
52 inch frame
Promax dual pivot forged road
24 speed drivetrain
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2003
Weaknesses: Considering the price? None. Not considering the price? Hell, all bikes could be better.
I like my Ace quite a bit. I would have preferred the Finest, but I require a 64CM bike, and the Finest only went to 62. I do love the Ace, even though it does look funny in such a large size. The stock tires suck, wheels are heavy, and the stock seat hurts "in between spot", and the Sora drivetrain would rather you backed off the torque a bit during downshifts, but otheriwse it's a great bike!
One of the reasons I joined yesterday is because I'm swapping the UG body on my wheelset (DA7400/7402 with Mavic Open 4CD rims) for a compatible 7403 HG body but I haven't been able to find a LBS yet with the necessary tool: FH10
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Sorry folks, I have to plead complete ignorance about this. It has been a long time since I’ve ridden a road bike - easily 9 years, and the last component group I had was Ultegra.
I have a Dura-Ace 7900 group (two chainring crankset). The left shift lever does something strange:
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Hi people i was looking for a bit of advice regarding da 7800/7900.firstly,apart from price and looks,whats the difference?also,my bike currently has new sora-if i got da 7800 shifters/mechs and a 10 speed cassette and chain,could i use my sora chainset;would it be compatable but also it has done 60 ... Read More »
I use wax-based lubricants on my bikes - no exceptions.
I just finished building up my bike and, as expected, the Dura-Ace chain has an oil-based lube on it. Interestingly, it’s not the thick goopy crap Shimano used to use, rather, it’s a thinner material that smells a little like WD-40. Either w ... Read More »