Since we don't have the Fuji cross RC I will post on the fuji cross. I had this bike for 1.5 years I races Cross for only a season. At the end of the season I realized it had a crack in the non drive side chain stay. I talked to Fuji costumer services and they told they could not help me since it was over a year. They would sale me a frame for a EP price that was $500 for the frame. They would not stand behing they product and give me a replacement frame don't bike Fuji bikes it woul like to ride safe.
Strengths: Lightweight, good groupo, and durable. Great for on-road and off-road. Paint (gold with metal flake).
Weaknesses: Brakes are not good in dry conditions, let alone mud or snow. No rack mounts.
I bought my 1999 Fuji cross used, but in great shape. It is a steel frame bike with full Ultegra group. Aside from needing new brake pads and the shifters needing cleaned up, the bike has worked great for every thing I have wanted. I ride a lot of kansas gravel roads with big chunks of limestone rock, and this bike always feels undercontrol and rides very smooth (steel frame). It has a factory 39/53t crank which is a little large for more cyclocross bikes.
Switch to road tires, and I can keep up with most of my buddies on aluminum/carbon bikes. It is about the same weight as an aluminum Trek 1000 with 105s.
It would be nice if it had rack mounts, but it the frame looks smooth with out them.
The brakes are bad. The stock Shimano cantilevers are low-end and just dont work very well. I replaced the pads with some all weather pads and it helped. I am still no happy though, so I ordered some TRP cantilevers. Hope they will be better.
I greatly injoy riding this bike and have had no major issues.
Bike Setup: 1999 Fuji Cross steel, Ultegra 6500 group set (shifters, crank, cassette, hubs, BB, front and rear deraileurs), Mavic cxp 12 rims, Italia saddle, Time composite atac, Catseye lights, Profile stem and bars.
Date Reviewed: April 4, 2011
Strengths: Eyelets for front and rear racks/fenders. 2nd set of brake levers provide a lot of extra control when you don't have your hands in the hoods. Handlebars are raised which adds a lot to comfort over long distances--also, clearance for fatter tires makes the bike a lot more versatile. Quality 105 components used all around.
Weaknesses: Break pads are weak. Replace with some Kool Stops and you'll see a major improvement. Tektro cantilever brakes also require a lot of finessing before they provide adequate stopping power. Stock wheel set is heavy. Stock seat is a throwaway.
Been really enjoying this bike since I bought a 2009 version in mint condition from a guy off Craigslist. The bike is designed for cross, but with some alterations it becomes a really great bike for light touring and commuting. I slapped some fenders on it, a rear rack,and swapped the double crank for a triple. Now it rides great in almost any condition. I'm looking forward to taking it down the CA coast this summer. If I ever had the choice between losing this bike and my Fuji Team I'd have to say that I'd give up the Fuji Team--my Fuji Comp could be 90% as good with the addition of some skinnies. My carbon road bike, however, could never do half as much as my Fuji Comp.
Fuji Crosspro (2009) is an amazing bike. After riding if for 6 months (through the winter) I can sum it up thusly... all it does is work perfectly. I raced in a cyclocross in PA and it was rock solid. I ride towpaths and city/country roads, and my confidence is very high on this bike at speed, next to cars, on hills, turning, wherever.
I actually have a 2009 bike but this site will not let me list my model past 2007.
I have very impressed with this bike, it is performing far better than I expected it would and at $900 I feel like I got a steal. You will not find a bike better than this anywhere at the sub $1000 price point. I waited until this bike went on sale for $900 (which it does often) and you get another 10% back to spend on other bike stuff at performance like clip in pedals, or a computer etc. This bike will even beat out many bikes in the 1000 – 1500 price range. If you are looking for a low cost bike that will perform like it is costs a lot more this is the bike. There are cheaper road bikes out there but none that are any good.
I am not really a racer though I do compete sometimes in beginner races. I have this setup as a touring bike. I put some fatter durable tires and I plan to get a rear rack for some long distance rides. Eventually I do plan to cross with this bike, but I have not yet.
1. 105 drive train including an ultegra rear detailer. The 105 is the best drive train out there when price vs. performance are considered. The ultegra and higher series perform the same but are lighter. The lower series will not shift as smoothly as the 105 series does.
2. Carbon front fork
3. While the bike is not super light it is not super heavy either
4. Lifetime tune ups at performance – I do most of my own work but I did take my bike in for a tune-up when winter started because I knew I would not be riding in a while. The guy had some free time and did it on the spot for me anyway, and he did a very thorough job.
1. A lot of reviews claim the bottom bracket is crap. So far I have not had any issues at about 500 miles but it is something I am prepared to replace if it goes up. There not that expensive.
If you are looking into a new bike, this is one of the best entry/mid level bikes out there.
Quick question. I just picked up a Ibis Hakkaluggi disc (nice ride by the way!) and I have a question regarding the Iron Cross Wheelset "preload." When the front wheel is not clamped in the fork---it seems to spin much longer than when it's clamped in the fork. In addition, there seems to be some ... Read More »
Looks like the cost of a Ritchey Breakaway Cross and Soma Double Cross DC with S&S are roughly the same. Any opinions on which way to go. Currently I have a Redline and will transfer the parts over. The Soma has a few extra features like 132.5 rear spacing to run either mountain or road hubs and ... Read More »
Ok, here is my dilemma. I purchased a really off the chart Ciocc (confirmed) built Concorde Columbo cross bike.
Would you decal it during the restoration with Ciocc decals as the builder, or Concorde as the importer or a combo of both?
I haven't started it yet, so please don't flame me, I am good ... Read More »
Hey there, I tried giving this a go in the cross forum, but no luck so I'll try again here I suppose.
I'm in the market for a cross bike to use for racing, dirt road rides, winter riding, some non-technical single track, and other opportunities as I see fit. I've been shopping around craigslist a ... Read More »
I was looking at the gear inches, and even with a huge single ring like a 50, the 11-34 would give you a climbing gear plenty low, similar to the traditional 39x27, along with a massive range, although with a lot of gaps. The thing spins out at like 35 mph.
I never would have considered such a s ... Read More »