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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fuji Connoisseur

I will be out of the shop and out of Loganistan for the next week or so. I plan to be open again on July 16. I'm going home to Florida, where the unbearable heat is surpassed only by the unbearable humidity. I can't wait.

I ordered some classic Fuji bicycles today: Cambridge, Touring, and Connoisseur, which is still not ready to ship. I will post more details and pictures when they come in.

Below is the Fuji Connoisseur. I never thought I would see a new production (not custom) road bike in 2009 with a steel lugged frame and downtube shifters. Yesterday, Jimbo asked me on the phone, "Do you think anyone wants a lugged steel bike with downtube shifters?" I may not sell very many of these bicycles, but I like it. I would ride one. At least once a week a bike comes in the shop with broken STI brake/shift levers. I also think indexed front shifters with "trim clicks" do not work as well as an old school friction shifter. Really. I want to be able to trim my front derailleur as I see fit.

4 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I have not been on a bike in so long, I think the last time a went on one was when I was about 11, oh how time flies.

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  2. Drake. Dude. Rock bands are now putting out new albums on vinyl. 2009, on vinyl. Some like it better the old way. That said, I have a nice new Fuji CCR2 full carbon sti bike for sale in the shop. Want a test ride?

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  3. ok. i've been trying to find more info on this bike and nashbar.com has thee for sale. but the sizing isn't really helpful. i am in between 5'6 and 5'7 and my inseam is 30. i'm riding a 50cm track bike (mercier kilo tt) and it's kind of tight on me. i know it's a track bike and the geometry is more aggressive. i want to get a bigger frame but not something too big. some peopl say this their 56cm fits like a 54cm. i'm wondering before i pull the trigger, i'm deciding in between a 54cm and a 52cm. any suggestions? or can you tell me how the bike fits and/or the sizing on this frame? thanks!

    you can reach me at berlskee@yahoo.com

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    1. I have a 52cm Fuji Connoisseur and a 31" inseam, at a height of 5'8.5, and this bike fit's me fine. I'm using a 90mm stem and my reach is comfortable and relaxed. I threw my old Campy Centaur groupo on it and I have to say I like riding this bike more than my Neuvation FC100, which has SRAM Rival. With my full kit, the neuvation weighs in at 17lbs, the Fuji at 22lbs. I can feel the difference on a steep climb, but no where else. The straight bladed fork I don't like as I think a rake gives a smoother ride, but the difference is nominal. It's a good bike if you you put the right gear on it. Good luck, and happy trails.

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