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Fuji Team S.L.(10 posts)

Fuji Team S.L.Infini
May 2, 2003 3:03 PM
So I was thinking about ordering a 2002 Fuji Team from bikesdirect.com, (for $1300).. I want to ride one before I order it, so, I called up a store that sells fuji's (which is about 60 miles from me!) and they said they have a 2002 team superlite on sale for $1300, alright. So I think I'll probably drive up there soon and try it out.

a Team S.L is the same as a team except it has some different components: Headset, Stem, Handlebars, hubs, wheels, crank, seatpost. (claimed 15.8 lbs, vs. 16.8 lbs for the normal team)

The one thing that bothers me already about the S.L. is the ugly paint job, but hey, what does that matter when your riding?

So, who has a Team S.L.? what do you think of it? Should I jump on this?

-Travis
Before you ride into the sunsetMR_GRUMPY
May 2, 2003 4:54 PM
Before you jump on that new superlight bike, you have to ask yourself a few questions like, "Am I too heavy for something like this", or "will I still like the color next month". If you are under 170 pounds, you'll be fine on the bike. If you are 240 pounds, it's way too light.
As for the color, I know a few people who bought cars and were stuck with them for a few years, because they got caught up in a showroom frenzy. Take your time and really think.
Before you ride into the sunsetInfini
May 2, 2003 5:14 PM
thanks for the advice,

Well I am 150 lbs right now,.. Normally I am around 165, and I probably won't be much if any over 170..

Today I went to a LBS and rode a couple treks, (1200, 2300) I really liked them, I would expect the Fuji to be comparable to the 2300, and probably a couple pounds lighter..

As far as the color and all,.. I definately prefer the normal team color (I am talking about the 2002 bikes - Team is yellow/white/black, S.L. is Blue/Orange).when I'm riding the bike I wouldn't care less what color it is,.. it would just be nice to have somehting cool looking..

For this reason, at the same price, I would rather have the normal team,.. but the thing is, If I buy it from bikesdirect, I will have to wait at least a month for it, it will not be fully assembled, will not get it fitted for free, etc..

Another thing is: I am not 100% sure which size I need,.. at one shop I went to, the salesman measured my inseam and said I was at a 56.5cm C-C size. He said a Center to Top bike for me would be 58cm..

I rode the two treks, both 56cm, (I believe treks are C-T, as are fuji) they felt good to me.. I belive they had a bit more than an inch of clearance,..

I'm looking for bike sizing sources on the 'net, not finding a whole lot.. my inseam is about 32", i am about 5"10
Before you ride into the sunsetstratslingr77
May 2, 2003 5:19 PM
Sounds to me like you just answered your own question. If you're unsure of fit, then spending the extra money to purchase the bike from a shop that will fit you and give you free adjustments is a no-brainer. What good is a screamin' deal on a bike that doesn't fit?
I've got myself thoroughly confusedInfini
May 2, 2003 5:35 PM
The thing is, I'm not sure what size I should get..

I was looking at the Fuji Geometry, and comparing the standover height of the bike sizes with my inseam measurement.

Basically my 32" inseam would translate into a 56cm frame (allowing one inch of standover.)
(32.25" inseam = inbetween 56 and 58)
(32.5" inseam = 58)

looking at coloradocyclist.com,.. they say you should multiply inseam measurement by .67 for C-T frame size
32"*.67 = 54cm wtf, that is way too small!

At the 2nd shop I went to, the salesman said I should be on a 56 (C-T). I rode 2 56s and they felt ok. I went to a third shop and rode a 58 cm trek. I didn't really notice any difference

Really I do not know how I should decide what size I need.

when I was at the stores, a 56cm trek gave me a bit over an inch, its hard to tell when your standing over it, so I'd say 1-2 inches. a 58 cm frame was less.
I've been riding on a 56cm frame,(I believe)(a 1989 trek 330) and I don't find it uncomfortable. I just want to make sure I get the right size with this bike b/c I will be using it for quite some time
I've got myself thoroughly confusedInfini
May 2, 2003 5:42 PM
So I measured my inseam without shoes on, when I was standing over the bike I had my shoes on, (running shoes, probably about 1/2' thick) Should bike standover be done with shoes on? should inseam measurement be done with shoes on?
The seat tube size is not the important dimension.MR_GRUMPY
May 2, 2003 6:22 PM
The top tube size is more important. Top tube + stem = reach. You'll want about a 120mm stem. With a smaller size frame, you'll have to have your seatpost higher (not a bad thing), and your stem with more spacers (a bad looking thing)
It used to be, people would try to get the smallest size frame that would fit them. Now, with threadless headsets, I think we should go back to the "old fashioned " way. If the larger frame gives you an inch or two with bike shoes on, go with the larger frame. Make sure the shop will change over the stem, to give you the proper reach.
I've got myself thoroughly confusedkjr39
May 2, 2003 6:44 PM
Inseam length should be done with shoes off. Also, try not to wear jeans or other thick material clothing when doing this.

Do you have (or plan to get) cycling shoes? If so, use those for the stand over height test.

I'd be suprised if you rode a 58 with a 32" inseam. I have a 33.75" inseam and fit on a 58 with the 56 being too small when I test rode a Trek.

To help get rid of some of this confusion I would find a good lbs and have them properly fit you. Most of them will wave the cost of the fit when you buy a bike...
I've got myself thoroughly confusedamflyer
May 3, 2003 8:25 AM
LBC in Lincoln will fit you for free if you buy from them. Normally a >100 dollar charge. Something to think about.

Steve
From another Fuji rideramflyer
May 3, 2003 8:22 AM
My first real road bike was a Fuji, bought in the same metro area that is 60 miles from you, by the way. Fuji has great value and specs for the price.

One thing that is very, very important to know about this brand though, is that the sizing is not C-C or C-T, but C-top of the seat collar clamp. Makes about a size difference. I bought a 61, needed a 64, but was too green to know the difference.

Best bet is to get your butt on one, or find a bike that you are sure fits you well, get the measurements from the manufacturer, and use them as a reference when ordering online.

Goog luck,

Steve