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Old 04-30-12, 02:36 PM   #1
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What is My Fuji Touring Series Worth?

Hello everyone, I am trying to sell my Fuji on craigslist but have no clue what its worth. I am not the original owner so i'm not sure what year the bike is, but i believe its a 1995 or 96. Its a fuji touring series with all original(I assume) shimano deore components and is in great riding condition. New tires, tubes, rim tape, chain and rear cassette installed last summer. Frame has some minor scuffs/scratches, couple tiny rust spots. Also the seat is not original, but seat post is. Has a good amount of accessories, blackburn rear rack, roost rear fender, two bottle holders and extra spokes on the left chain stay. Any idea what its worth? I did some research on fuji bikes and got lots of mixed results, some seem to be worth several hundred while others not much at all. Thank You. Here are some pics.




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Driveside pictures are always best, non-drive side pictures are virtually worthless.

But as this is a nice "real" touring bike with cantis, bar-end shifters, triple crank, etc. and Deore components I'd say it should be worth at least $300. What is the frame tubing? I'd guess about $400 at the top end, without knowing anything else about the bike.
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Thanks for the response. The frame is 4130 chromoly tubing. I will get some pics of the drive side tomorrow.
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Area also is a factor-any colleges around? West coast is a high market. Nice bike-good commuter.
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any colleges around?
Most college kids I know would not pay anywhere near what that bike is worth. They just want the cheapest thing they can find to get them around. One friend asked me if I could find her a "nice vintage road bike" ready to ride. After the ones I showed her on craigslist in the $75 range were deemed too expensive I gave up.

Maybe you were thinking professors? Or maybe all my friends are just really cheap.
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Maybe you were thinking professors? Or maybe all my friends are just really cheap.
Cheap friends. I've sold quite a few bikes to college kids, sold one this week for $265. The key is you are not selling to most college kids (as you are right, they are cheap), rather you are selling to the one that has an adequate budget to get a decent bike.

There is certainly a segment out there that would be perfectly satisfied with an XMart bike. I don't even try with them.

On this Fuji, I would estimate lower. The Fuji touring bike from the 1990s was quite a bit more basic than the vintage one from the 1980s. More like $250 as it sits.
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It's not worth near $400. It sold new for around $650, it has low end components but they worked decent enough but was clunky, and it has no vintage value. If the bike is in new, ie mint condition it may be worth $250, otherwise for an average condition one closer to $100. Obviously it just an opinion, I think sellers are trying to get too much out of their bikes these days for stuff that just isn't worth it, especially in some of the larger cities like Chicago where you can find beater Schwinn Varsity's for over $250...it's a crime for such a crappy made bike. The Fuji Tourer bike you have would be hands down a better bike then a Varsity. Regardless, I think the Fuji is over priced at $250.

Since your wanting to sell it, test the market, post it for $250 and see what happens. If you don't sell it, wait a month with no ads then repost it for $200. Make sure you clean it up and put a coat of wax on it to make it shine. Obviously don't get wax on the rims sides or stopping will suddenly become a thrill; but you can wax the spokes and the top of the rim if your careful.

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If the bike is in new, ie mint condition it may be worth $250, otherwise for an average condition one closer to $100.
$100? Who do I make the check out to? Maybe my estimate was high, but if this bike actually has full Deore components $100 would be a score around here. Touring bikes, even the basic ones, are not cheap.
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Another vote for Fast Jake's estimate of $300 to $400. Maybe more in a really hot market, since there just aren't that many full-blown touring bikes out there. Of course, however, you could always get a brand-new Windsor Tourist from Bikes Direct delivered to your door for a grand total of $599.

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Touring bikes retain their value better than your average bike because the technology hasn't substantially changed. New touring bikes will still be all steel, with similar geometry, and similar components. A racing bike quickly drops value after a few years and then plateaus because racing technology changes so quickly (brifters, frame material, geometry, etc). Comparing this to a Varsity is also a mistake. Low end bike boom bikes maintain a minimum value because they retain basic functionality as a bicycle.
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Put it for sale on Craigslist for $250 and got literally 12 emails about it overnight and like 4 or 5 phone calls. I sold it yesterday for $300 after a bidding war started between 2 buyers. First time I ever sold something and got more money than I listed it for. Probably could have gotten even more for it, but i'm happy with $300. The buyer even happened to live where i was driving my girlfriend that day because she had a job interview and he met me right there, so i didn't even have to go out of my way to sell it.
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Way to go! 18 year old bike (its a 1994 from what I can tell), brought 50% of original MSRP. Well done.
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Thanks everyone for the advice! This is a great forum! Now I have more questions...


When I met the seller, he had an interesting proposal for me. He has a 1997 LeMond Alpe D'Huez that he was willing to trade plus $200 cash on my part.
This bike has an aluminum frame, aftermarket carbon fiber fork, and some other upgrades/extras like a better stem, sks xtra-dry fender, decent set of clipless pedals and he mentioned some other things but can't remember all of it. I think it had all shimano 105 components with integrated shifter/brake lever and when i took it for a test ride it seemed that it was well tuned and didn't need anything.

The only downside is that he removed all the original decals and wrapped the top tube with some kind of cloth tape and coated it with resin almost like carbon fiber but really ugly and will never come off without some serious sanding/drastic measures. The paint seemed decent otherwise, though.

I was very interested because it happened to be the perfect size for me and although it is very personalized, I liked it a lot. I passed on the deal because i felt trading my bike which I wanted $300 for plus another $200 was too much, all things considered. I only offered to do an even trade for my bike, but he didn't go for it and just paid me the $300 i wanted for mine. Does anyone know what it might be worth? I still have his number and may still throw him an offer. I can't figure out if its really even a 1997 or not because according to bikepedia it seems they didn't even offer an aluminum frame until 1999 and the sizes were odd numbered(55, 57, 59cm etc.) and he says his is a 58cm which it looks like they started doing even number sizes in 1999 as well...

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Heres the thing if it has legit 105 components and rides nice is your size for $200 it ain't a bad deal. Ex specially if the wheels and tires are good. This does not seem a bad deal.
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Agreed. For FULL 105 (not just a couple bits and pieces) $200 is a good price on a generic Al frame/carbon fork road bike. Which is what the bike is, unless you can verify that it's actually a Lemond Whatever.

Edit: wait, nevermind. Guess I read your post wrong (it's late...) In that case, $500 would be too much. You should be able to do much better than 15 year old 105 and a cosmetically ruined frame for that kind of money.

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Heres the thing if it has legit 105 components and rides nice is your size for $200 it ain't a bad deal. Ex specially if the wheels and tires are good. This does not seem a bad deal.
But like I said, I would have been paying him $200 PLUS my bike which i wanted $300 for, so essentially he wanted $500 for the bike not $200.
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But like I said, I would have been paying him $200 PLUS my bike which i wanted $300 for, so essentially he wanted $500 for the bike not $200.
You sold you bike... AWESOME!

It's a '99... older Alpe d'Huez's were steel, and were Campy equipped. The '99 was full 105,
was aluminum and had a Time carbon fork.

If you can live with the 'color' of the frame, it fits you, and is in good shape then go for it.

If you even entertain the slightest thought of restoring the frame then look elsewhere.

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I guess all I can ask is, what would you pay for this bike considering it has some upgraded parts, but also removed decals, ugly wrap on the top tube. Very rough ball park estimates a fine, i know this info is pretty useless. Here is the only pic on the web i can find that looks close to it. Non drive side of course so not too helpful i know. I believe it has the same set of components as this one though.

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I would not pay $500 for that bike. $500 would be a strong to realistic price if it were pristine. With the modifications, cosmetically, he has ruined the frame, and dropped an atom bomb on its value. Cosmetics sell bikes, and boogered up cosmetics kill value.

And you really have no idea what is under that carbon fiber/resin mess. What if the top tube has serious damage?

NO THANKS!

Realize that it is 13 years old, and older STI shifters can be very, very sketchy (and replacement is very expensive).

Frankly, I would not have traded even with him.

As far as the size, unless it has the original size sticker on it, I would ignore the seller's comment on the bike's size. Sellers rarely/never get size right.

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I would not pay $500 for that bike. $500 would be a strong to realistic price if it were pristine. With the modifications, cosmetically, he has ruined the frame, and dropped an atom bomb on its value. Cosmetics sell bikes, and boogered up cosmetics kill value.

And you really have no idea what is under that carbon fiber/resin mess. What if the top tube has serious damage?

NO THANKS!

Realize that it is 13 years old, and older STI shifters can be very, very sketchy (and replacement is very expensive).

Frankly, I would not have traded even with him.

As far as the size, unless it has the original size sticker on it, I would ignore the seller's comment on the bike's size. Sellers rarely/never get size right.
Very true, Bill. I think i made the right choice. Very good point about the wrap on the top tube, the frame could be cracked or something underneath.

I have my eye on this bike though. Do you think this is worth $225?

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/2981680590.html
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In a regular market, that Univega would not be worth it. In a hotter market like Boston, probably.
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I have my eye on this bike though. Do you think this is worth $225?

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/2981680590.html
I'm confused. Why did you sell the fuji?
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I'm confused. Why did you sell the fuji?
I was just about to ask that too. The Fuji was a better bike than that Univega.
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I was just about to ask that too. The Fuji was a better bike than that Univega.
It was too small for me. I absolutely loved that bike and if it were just a bit bigger i never would have sold it. I actually pulled a tendon while riding it last month and thats when i knew it was time to stop kidding myself and get something else. So now i'm in the market for a bike that actually fits me and is preferably the same or less money than what i sold the fuji for because i really need to save cash right now. I would like to get something for around $250

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Also interested in this specialized allez although its a little out of my budget. Being a "frankenstein" bike as he describes it, do you think its worth 400? this bike would be the perfect size for me. Sorry to bombard with questons.

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/2992264736.html
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