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Old 11-28-11, 06:07 PM   #1
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Fuji Connoisseur Build

Finally picked up the Fuji frame that I asked about on here a few months ago. I took advantage of the online black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, along with some ebay scrounging, and all of the parts are on the way. It's been sitting like this for a couple of weeks:


Wheels are 105 hubs laced to Mavic open pros. Shifters are Dura Ace 9 speed. Crank is a 50/34 Sram Apex



Tires (Panaracer Pasela 700x28), rear derailleur (Ultegra) brakes (Nashbar long reach) and Brooks B17 arrived today.





Items still on the way:

Sram PC-991 chain
FSA compact front derailleur
Easton Seatpost
Profile Designs stem
Ultegra 14-25 cassette. I find that I never use the 11 or 13 tooth on my other bikes, so thought I'd give this a try. I'll be replacing the 23 and 25 tooth cogs with a 24 and 28. This will give me 14-15-16-17-18-19-21-24-28.
A friend is giving me a pair of Origin 8 brake levers, and I have a couple of different bars laying around. I'll be using Shimano SPD pedals, as I have these on all of my other bikes. Hopefully everything will be here by the weekend!

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Old 11-29-11, 03:55 PM   #2
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That is going to be a good looking bike. Sounds like a "can't go wrong" build. Be sure to post a ride report.
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The build is complete. Everything went well with the exception of the front derailleur. The clamp on the FSA that I tried to use was too thick. With the 28c Pasellas, There was only a couple of milimeters clearance between the rear tire and the clamp. I used an old Shimano 600 derailleur and it worked much better. Shifting is flawless, even with the compact crank. Have put about 50 miles on it so far, 30 of those today. I'm glad I used the 28c tires. The ride is comfortable, and I don't think I am giving up much in the way of speed when compared to a lighter, thinner tire. So far, no complaints. Rides, handles and shifts well. My ride today consisted of 30 miles on mostly county roads. Some in pretty good shape, others a little rough. Ran into one other cyclist out braving the snow and chatted a bit. They were very complimentary of the bike. Their first "real" road bike was a Fuji, as was mine. Well...I have to be honest, I have one complaint....it's freaking cold today! Here's a pic from the end of the ride today.

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I love your bike I just got done building mine
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I love your bike I just got done building mine
Nice! I sometimes wish I hade gone with a brown saddle and bar tape. Looks sharp!
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