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Old 04-02-14, 04:20 PM   #1
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Anyone familiar with Fuji Absolute 1.5

We are looking for a fitness style bike for my wife who has osteoporosis. She would like a stagger or step through frame. There are few choices in the mid-range bike market for this style bike. Fuji does make the Absolute 1.5 in a stagger. The problem is the closest dealer is 70 miles and he doesn't stock any. I checked as far out as a 100 miles and there are none in stock now. I think they are currently sold out in this country but are expecting more in. Is anyone familiar with this bike? They seem similar to the FX 7.4 as far as the rear derailleur and front fork. I'm not sure about the other components. I would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks
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I would not recommend the 1.5 for your wife with those issues. 28cm tire, thin saddle and rather "performance-oriented" riding in mind, I'd opt for something more like the Absolute 2.1 or 2.x (whatever # they're on currently).

I'd also recommend the Cannondale Quick (women's, of course)

And any of the rest in women's from Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc.

I think that the Absolute 1.x series is definitely a great bike, just not for a recreational woman's type ride, unless she was a former road-cyclist looking to go hybrid.

Just my $.02.
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Old 04-03-14, 03:15 PM   #3
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You are probably right about the tires and the saddle. I do think my wife would enjoy the carbon fork , the derailleurs and the overall performance. it's maybe a little more than what she needs but she went through breast cancer and chemo last year so she deserves it.
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I would not recommend the 1.5 for your wife with those issues. 28cm tire, thin saddle and rather "performance-oriented" riding in mind, I'd opt for something more like the Absolute 2.1 or 2.x (whatever # they're on currently).

I'd also recommend the Cannondale Quick (women's, of course)

And any of the rest in women's from Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc.

I think that the Absolute 1.x series is definitely a great bike, just not for a recreational woman's type ride, unless she was a former road-cyclist looking to go hybrid.

Just my $.02.
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And that's awesome!! In fact, so much so that I'd DEFINITELY let her ride as many bikes as she can to make sure she'll get a great fit!!

If it's at all possible, I'd try to get her into a Cannondale Quick (mine's a 4 w/ carbon forks, etc.) as the combination of cushiest saddle in the class, best platform pedals, best stem rise (imho), best bar bend (imho) and the geometry and fantastically designed built-in suspension of the entire frame itself are just tops. (again, to me).

Specialized is also great in their women's version of the Sirrus. (I believe it's teh "Vita" which is the women's version).

And I definitely can't knock the Fuji either, it's just that *if* you do go with it, I might consider a swap from 28cm tires to 32cm (LBS would probably do that free) and also, perhaps a change of saddle for max comfort. (not too mushy/monstrous but better than the stock "oval" branded fuji one).
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I did check out the Cannondale and Specialized. The Cannondale looks like a great bike but from what I saw, it only comes in the WSD, not the Stagger. That is important to my wife. Thanks for the help.
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And that's awesome!! In fact, so much so that I'd DEFINITELY let her ride as many bikes as she can to make sure she'll get a great fit!!

If it's at all possible, I'd try to get her into a Cannondale Quick (mine's a 4 w/ carbon forks, etc.) as the combination of cushiest saddle in the class, best platform pedals, best stem rise (imho), best bar bend (imho) and the geometry and fantastically designed built-in suspension of the entire frame itself are just tops. (again, to me).

Specialized is also great in their women's version of the Sirrus. (I believe it's teh "Vita" which is the women's version).

And I definitely can't knock the Fuji either, it's just that *if* you do go with it, I might consider a swap from 28cm tires to 32cm (LBS would probably do that free) and also, perhaps a change of saddle for max comfort. (not too mushy/monstrous but better than the stock "oval" branded fuji one).
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