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Fuji 2003 Bikes - good bikes?(5 posts)

Fuji 2003 Bikes - good bikes?Fez
Feb 14, 2003 8:22 PM
I saw some bikes at the local store. Did some checking up on Don't know how they ride, but they seem insanely light at a pretty cheap price. I notice they have 4 bikes below 17lbs. They even have a steel 853 at 18lbs!

I notice they are almost complete DA or Ultegra builds with the exception of Ritchey wheels/hubs and cranks. Is the Ritchey stuff desirable or should you stick with Shimano wheels/hubs with Open Pros and Shimano cranks? They also use a lot of Ritchey bars, stems and posts.

What's the word on Fuji road bikes? Don't see too many of them, although it looks like they sponsor a fair amount of teams here.
re: Fuji 2003 Bikes - good bikes?mcooksley
Feb 15, 2003 12:28 AM
Glad you asked. I'm currently asking the same question so I don't have a lot of answers for you. I am debating between the Professional and a couple of other bikes (Q Carbon, OCLV 5200, CAAD 7). The Professional LOOKS like an incredible value but I haven't been able to ride it yet. My first road bike was a Fuji and I enjoyed it immensely until it got stolen :( . I'll let you know what my experience was once I give it a ride. Good luck!
buy the Q carbon!dave11
Feb 15, 2003 7:40 AM
Very happy with entry level Fuj FinestContinental
Feb 15, 2003 9:56 AM
But I only paid $450, and it sounds like you're inerested in a more expensive bike. I like to think that cheap Korean labor, automation, and integration with Fuji Heavy Industries gives them a competitive advantage. Check out the product review section of this site.
I like my '02 Team...up_hiller
Feb 15, 2003 4:36 PM
It is my first road bike, so my only basis of comparison is MTBs. But the bike is great. The welds and paint are not as pretty as you'd find on more expensive brands, but I think the ride quality and handling are great (even on the OE Fuji saddle). All my Ritchey components have been flawless to this point, and of course the Ultegra is wonderful. It's quality stuff. I am pleased with the wheels. I did a little truing a couple of weeks ago, but it wa more because I felt like doing it than because it needed to be done.

Fuji builds light bikes with good components. They are very raceable, especially because the dressing on the frame is nothing to cry over if it gets a scratch or two. That said, I think my bike looks great, especially when it's just been cleaned.

Bottom line: I have been very happy with my purchase and think I got a real bargain. Fuji is probably the best value out there.