The end of the world could happen at any moment, for I, even I, Tom Bombadil, have finally broken down and purchased a brand new bicycle.
They said it couldn't be done.
They said the universe would collapse onto itself.
They said there would be a warm day in Wisconsin in January.
They said DG would turn over in his grave.
Yet it still happened. I couldn't hold out any longer. Between the enjoyment I had in test riding on the bike, combined with its dwindling availability and yet another price drop on it, I had to pull the trigger.
It's the 2006 Fuji Absolute 1.0 (V2) that I've posted about before. A largely road-oriented flat bar hybrid. They were down to the last 2 in my size and the prices were dropped for a clearance sale this week. I'm having them swap some of the parts, it should be available to be picked up in a couple of days.
Aluminum frame with carbon fork & carbon seat stays
Swapped out aluminum seat post for carbon post
10-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain w/105 derailleurs, 12-27 cassette, and Shimano SL-R770 rapid fire shifters (which normally sell for $150-$180)
Truvativ Elita Giga X-pipe 52/39/30 crankset with 170mm crank arms (being swapped onto bike from a smaller frame Fuji)
Conti Contact 700x32 tires (swapped out the stock Vittoria 700x28s)
Weight: 20.5 pounds
Color: "Quicksilver" which is a very light silver - not my favorite but okay.
Lifetime warranty on bike (except for tires, saddle, grips).
Two free tuneups, no expiration date
Lifetime free adjustments and installations of accessories.
Final price, including all swaps: $794. Original list in 2006 was $1210, before dollar devaluation and, obviously, not including the upgrades.
No pics, here's what Fuji had on their web page in 2006.
I was stuck wavering between this bike and a modded Specialized Globe Pro. Liked both bikes a lot. The Globe is a more rugged bike. The Globe has mountain bike components and lower gearing, but weighed a whopping 5 pounds more, even with carbon fork, stays, and seat post.
In the end I decided to go with the bike that was more fun riding on asphalt than the one that was more all-purpose. I already have two all-purpose bikes & the Fuji is decent on rough surfaces.
I will be swapping out the stem and handlebars after I get it home - for a stem that is a bit shorter and higher and for bars with a bit of rise (37.5 mm).