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Old 09-14-08, 08:41 PM   #1
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Fuji re-introduces lugged steel road bike!

http://www.fujibikes.com/LifeStyle/C...bsolute10.aspx

$1500

Some of the components are questionable, but not surprising given that it is hard to make a lugged steel complete bike for $1500 nowadays.
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...it is hard to make a lugged steel complete bike for $1500 nowadays.
The Sun Cyckel is under $500 retail.

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The Sun Cyckel is interesting. It is a very different bike in that it is a 3-speed urban bike and not a road bike. And I haven't been able to determine if it is cro-moly or hi-ten steel. Sun is able to hit lower price points on most of their bikes.
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Looks like the Fuji I rode back in the 70s. They must have found some in a box in the back of a warehouse somewhere and decided to try to sell them.
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It does look throwback. Even has downtube shifters.
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I'm not particularly laughing at this bike. I still ride hard, long miles on a butted Japanese frame. While most of the spec'ed components seem to be suspiciously of hazy, generic origin, I got many thousand miles out of my Tange headset. My Tange tubing, while hardly light by today's measure, has pounded away unflawed since 1987.

Ironic how what is here presented as a "classic" retro curiosity..... with it's cutely retro saddle and leathery tape and (!) dt shifters.......some of us trogs are still flying the real things up the road as very viable bikes.

Perhaps we ourselves are the classic retro curiosities!!
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http://www.fujibikes.com/LifeStyle/C...bsolute10.aspx

$1500

Some of the components are questionable, but not surprising given that it is hard to make a lugged steel complete bike for $1500 nowadays.

This is the first bike I've seen with the Micro Shift components. Nashbar is selling these rebranded with their name. Not on this bike, but interesting, is the dual inner lever brifters. This may be the only bike on the market now with downtube shifters.

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Have to admit, the first generation 105 components on my '87 special are all replaced by Superbe Pro and Shimano 600 excepting the original cranks.
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This may be the only bike on the market now with downtube shifters.
http://fujibikes.com/Road/Sport/Newest40.aspx
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That Fuji Newest 4.0 is nearly all unknown parts. I've ridden the '07 and '08 Newest 4.0. These aren't far above the road bikes from Wally World. My LBS sold last years model for $399.
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so.. do ya think other makers will respond with similar models? could fuji be making the next big market move?

(i think the bike is beautiful... might have to go up to seattle and look at one.)

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They're also bringing out a lugged steel city/commuter with 8-speed internal hub.

http://www.fujibikes.com/LifeStyle/C...bsolute30.aspx

Note that their links are all messed up. This should be the link to their Absolute 3.0, but instead it goes to their Cambridge commuter. Once they fix them, none of these will work right.

They have a woman's model too, also lugged steel:
http://www.fujibikes.com/LifeStyle/C...ute30-(1).aspx

This Cambridge sure is a pretty bike.
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the cambridge is gorgeous!

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the cambridge is gorgeous!

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All it needs is a better rack, a front hub dynamo and a B&M IQ Fly headlight. But it is indeed a sweet bike.

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Picture of the Cambridge (in case the link gets fixed)
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$1500

Some of the components are questionable, but not surprising given that it is hard to make a lugged steel complete bike for $1500 nowadays.
i would like to see one close-up to look @ the lug work and would like to know where and who makes the frame.
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Wow, lugged frames look really damn classy!
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Here's a nicer one that could be built up for not a lot more. Retails for about $800 for the frame and fork.
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Wow, and with chrome lugs even at the seat cluster. I'm really pleased to see this offered.
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So old is new again... good thing I held on to my old lugged frame bikes.
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It isn't nice to show me a picture of the Cambridge. That looks very classy.
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Here's a nicer one that could be built up for not a lot more. Retails for about $800 for the frame and fork.
Oh Man! I'm lovin' that Soma. Now I wish I needed a new bike.
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Don't you really mean; "I wish I could convince my wife that I need a new bike"?
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