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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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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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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...

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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

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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.
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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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

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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 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.

dgangi said:
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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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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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).

dgangi said:
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...

alem1583 said:
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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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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