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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-07-08, 02:35 PM   #1
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is this a good deal? I got mine!

Hi everyone, i am riding a schwinn le tour bike right now, but i wanna change to a lighter bike and i found a Fuji Roubaix PRO frame for $250, so wondering if this would fit me (220lb) and would this be good deal?
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With the right wheels and assuming the frame is the correct size, it'll work fine. Are we talking a bare frame only, or frame/fork or a complete bike?

A Year would be nice as well for us to answer.
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For wheels, I'd look at the Velocity Deep V, by the way. It's kind of the "House Wheel", in that it's strong! I use the 36 spoke 3X setup and 14 gage spokes, but you could use a 32 or 36 spoke setup, if you wanted.
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Old 03-07-08, 06:03 PM   #4
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oh sorry for not mentioning that, it's a 2006 model and has gone for 600 miles
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i am 5'11 and it's 54cm with stock fork, handlebar and stem, stock crankset and seatpost only. by the way, i don't have a large budget, so i am trying to minimize the cost as much as i can
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OK, then a good set of Velocity Deep V's, hand built with Tiagra Hubs, will set you back another $350 or so, then you need to get dérailleurs, shifters or brifters, saddle, but you could transfer SOME of that from your Schwinn.

If you build from scratch with new parts from this frame, you'll be up around the $800.00 mark for a 2006 model.

Take a look at Craigs List for your area, you can likely find a better deal.

EDIT: Take note: I found a 06 Fuji Roubaix Pro that sold on Ebay for $1025.00, FWIW.
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thanks tom!
actually i found the frame from craigs list but i am just wondering if this would be a good deal, 800 sounds a lot to me...is there any cheaper alternative for the wheels?
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Well, I look at it as true economy. If you go with a budget set of machine built wheels, they might or might not hold up. If you spec your wheels for your weight and spend the money where appropriate, you'll have no trouble out of the wheels, and with a Clyde, the wheels are the weakest link in the bike. Skimping on wheels is false economy if the wheels you put on are constantly failing, as is skimping on saddle or cycling shorts.

For the wheels, get the best hand builds you can possibly afford. Air can chime in here....he's known around these parts as the "Destroyer of Wheels". I'll send him a PM to drop in.
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Here's Velocity's USA Site
http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=537
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What year Le Tour?
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hey, tom really appreciated...have you ever heard of this site,
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/velocity.asp
coz i wanna save some money, so i may build everything on myself to save the laboring cost...
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i am not sure but it's really old, so i would say it prolly came from the early 80's...
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Heck yeah! Peter White hubs are among the best on the planet

If you can build wheels, then your costs will drop significantly.

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hey, tom really appreciated...have you ever heard of this site,
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/velocity.asp
coz i wanna save some money, so i may build everything on myself to save the laboring cost...
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i haven't built any, but everything has it's first time...
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OK, find some junk wheels and do a relace for the learning experience then There are a lot of resources online to help you out as well.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html

http://www.bikewebsite.com/build.htm
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i will prolly relace my schwinn first...so you would say the fuji frame is worth investing?
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Judging by the resale on the example I found, yeah.It could be a reasonable investment. If you build it up, it'll be YOUR bike completely as well.
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Judging from how the bike speced out it look like a good bike. But you are still going to need a lot of parts to get it ridable. Fit is going to be the mail part. You're probably going to want to get on a complete bike and make sure a 54 is right. You may need a 56, but every manufacturer is a little different so it's hard to say about Fuji.


Roubaix PRO


WHEELSET: New Alex (A-Class) ALX-220

FRAMESET: Fuji Altair 2 custom butted aluminum with Power Diamond downtube

FORK: FC-770 Fuji Bonded Carbon, integrated 1 1/8" alloy steerer

DRIVETRAIN: New TruVativ Elita GXP Compact 36/50 w/ integrated spindle, New Shimano 105 & Ultegra mix

HANDELBAR, STEM, SEATPOST: Fuji UltraLite, Comp and PRO series alloy

SIZES: 49cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm

COLOR: Fuji Red / Gloss Black

WEIGHT: 18.8 lbs / 8.53 kg

MSRP (USD) $1,540.00
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thanks everyone,
yea size is my concern, i checked fuji's website it suggests a 56 or 58 would be better, that's why i am not sure...
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Hi walter221. I just purchased a 2007 Fuji Roubaix RC in 56cm size. I'm 5'10", 260lbs. and so far it's working great for me. I did replace the San Marco Ponza saddle with a Specialized Avatar Gel body geometry saddle. I also changed out the 24-spoke Alex wheels with 32-spoke Shimano Ultegra/Mavic Open Pros - much more durable. Good luck!
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thanks for the info, MMPC. what do you think about the size? coz i am 5'11 and the frame i am looking at is 54mm.
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thanks for the info, MMPC. what do you think about the size? coz i am 5'11 and the frame i am looking at is 54mm.
A 54 is going to be way small for you more likely than not. I would think a 56-60 depending on your proportions and more importantly what felt good to you on a test ride. If you're not experienced with this stuff you really should test ride as many bikes as you reasonably can to figure out what frame size feels the most comfortable for the type of riding you'll be doing. Good luck!
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I'd agree with BikEthan - a 54cm seems like it would be small for you - but it ultimately all comes down to the particular bike, its geometry and how you fit on it that's most important. Whatever you choose, make sure to have a professional bike fitting to make certain everything gets setup correctly!
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thanks for the advice!!
i think i'd better got some test rides then...coz i don't really have the chance to bike in Hong Kong, yea i am chinese and living in boston right now...
btw, do you know where can i get some test rides in boston area?
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and i think i will try to upgrade my schwinn at this moment and familiarize myself with repairing and building a bike.
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