I have an opportunity to buy a Fuji Espree quad butted valite frame. I believe it's an 85, seller hasn't gotten back to me with serial #'s but it's quad butted and it has waterbottle braze ons as well as downtube shifter bosses. Would this be a worthwhile upgrade over a hi-ten frame? I haven't been able to find a ton of info about it either way. As many of you know, I did a rebuild of an old Hi-Ten Nishiki century however aeshthetically it's a dog. All the parts that I've put on the nishiki should easily swap right over onto this fuji frame which while it has a few dings here and there, is a much better looking frame. I can then just reassemble the nishiki with all of it's old steel vintage parts and sell it or I'll give it a full stripping and do a nicer job of repainting it and perhaps build it up for a friend.
The nishiki is a tad small for me at 59CM, it appears that this fuji is 61 though they measured in inches. Seller says its a 24" frame but the fuji info shows 23 and 25 being the offerings, so i'm not sure how he is measuring it. I'm a bit worried that he got 24 inches from the bottom of the bottom bracket to the top of the seatpost which would mean its probabl a 23 and a tad smaller than the nishiki. Below are a few pics