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    Fuji's problem in the USA has never been the bikes. Fuji has offered good bikes in each price category since around 1970...many of been among the best in their price category.

    Fuji's problem has been a lack of first-rate dealers. When I ask folks which LBS do they consider the "best" in their area, they usually name a dealer that features Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, or Giant. Never a Fuji dealer.

    When I locate a Fuji dealer (and they tend to be hard to find) they have two Fuji bikes in stock, both of which are entry-level bikes. I've never seen a Fuji dealer that carried Fuji road bikes at each level (Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura-Ace, AND carried them in a variety of sizes.

    So, Fuji fans...is there a "great" Fuji dealer out there somewhere? A dealer who keeps twenty or thirty Fuji's "in-stock" with a variety of models and sizes?

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    Ok I know I may get a biased opinion from this group but I am looking at getting my first Roadie. I am a definite clydesdale at 245 and 6'2". My local Performance has what I believe is an 04 Roubaix Pro for about $800 and change. I need to keep my bill below or close to $1000 so this would give me some $$$ to get shoes etc. Any thoughts on this vs. an on sale Specialized Allez or Trek 2300?

    Thanks, Jonathan

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
    Fuji's problem in the USA has never been the bikes. Fuji has offered good bikes in each price category since around 1970...many of been among the best in their price category.

    Fuji's problem has been a lack of first-rate dealers. When I ask folks which LBS do they consider the "best" in their area, they usually name a dealer that features Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, or Giant. Never a Fuji dealer.

    When I locate a Fuji dealer (and they tend to be hard to find) they have two Fuji bikes in stock, both of which are entry-level bikes. I've never seen a Fuji dealer that carried Fuji road bikes at each level (Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura-Ace, AND carried them in a variety of sizes.

    So, Fuji fans...is there a "great" Fuji dealer out there somewhere? A dealer who keeps twenty or thirty Fuji's "in-stock" with a variety of models and sizes?
    K and G Bike Center in Centerville, OH. He is the oldest Fuji dealer in the country and last time I was there, he had no less than 30 Fuji's from the Ace, to the Team Pro. He was waiting on the 05 TI, but he has 2-3 04 TI's and Professionals.
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    03 Fuji Marseille
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    I have an '03 Fuji Finest-AL with Sora components. It is my first road bike, and it has been a good bike for the $450 I paid. I am not impressed with the dealer, and had I found this website and done some research prior to my purchase, I would have ended up at the LBS which happens to sell Trek and LeMond bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettM
    2005 Fuji Roubaix Pro. Mostly 105. Aluminum. I've got over 1550 miles on it since January. I replaced the saddle at 600 miles with a Fizik Arione. I've had no other complaints. Great bike!
    Are you sure it's Aluminum? I know back in 2002, the Roubaix Pro models (with a double) is made from steel. The regular Roubaix model was Aluminum. Maybe things are different in their 2005 line up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Rad
    Ok I know I may get a biased opinion from this group but I am looking at getting my first Roadie. I am a definite clydesdale at 245 and 6'2". My local Performance has what I believe is an 04 Roubaix Pro for about $800 and change. I need to keep my bill below or close to $1000 so this would give me some $$$ to get shoes etc. Any thoughts on this vs. an on sale Specialized Allez or Trek 2300?

    Thanks, Jonathan
    IF it is the 2004 Fuji R.Pro and IF (the big if) it fits you properly and I assume it's NOS (new, old stock), then $800 is a great price. I wanted one at $950, but it just didn't fit. If it fits, buy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadd
    Are you sure it's Aluminum? I know back in 2002, the Roubaix Pro models (with a double) is made from steel. The regular Roubaix model was Aluminum. Maybe things are different in their 2005 line up?
    Unfortunately, Fuji is moving away from steel. I was talking to my LBS and they said that the local Fuji Rep said that there just isn't a demand for steel

    2004 Fuji R.Pro is the last year of the 853 steel bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordOpie
    2004 Fuji R.Pro is the last year of the 853 steel bikes.
    The "World" model is still 853 steel. I test-rode one last month.

    As far as good Fuji dealers, I bought mine at a Performance shop that sold more Fuji than anything else, and the nice shop I bought my Jamis at in St. Paul MN also sold Fuji, Scott and Litespeed.
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    I have a Fuji Utah....sweet little machine. No mods as yet, only had it a couple of months. Been too busy riding it to even put a head light on it. Local Lewis and Clark store had a half price sale, and I pounced on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
    Fuji's problem in the USA has never been the bikes. Fuji has offered good bikes in each price category since around 1970...many of been among the best in their price category.

    Fuji's problem has been a lack of first-rate dealers. When I ask folks which LBS do they consider the "best" in their area, they usually name a dealer that features Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, or Giant. Never a Fuji dealer.

    When I locate a Fuji dealer (and they tend to be hard to find) they have two Fuji bikes in stock, both of which are entry-level bikes. I've never seen a Fuji dealer that carried Fuji road bikes at each level (Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura-Ace, AND carried them in a variety of sizes.

    So, Fuji fans...is there a "great" Fuji dealer out there somewhere? A dealer who keeps twenty or thirty Fuji's "in-stock" with a variety of models and sizes?
    Lewis and Clark. Our store here has a variety of Fuji bikes, even a tandem. They sell the others too, from Giant to Scott, but when I had narrowed down my choices to a Fuji and the other one, they steered me to the Fuji. And I'm glad they did. I really like my Utah.

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    I have a Fuji Ace, Sora components, Aluminum. I hadn't ridden in over 20 years so I decided to go easy on the budget but I'm loving it, really Last bike I had was a Ross compact 10 - speed. I figure I'll get my legs back with this and then upgrade.
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    04' Fuji Roubaix...Can't beat the price/weight ratio....Awesome dealer in Greenwood, IN area (Circle City Bikes)...they carry lots of Fuji, some Airborne, Raleigh, and soon Orbea!

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    I have a 2004 Fuji Professional and I love the bike....
    All Shimano Dura-Ace except Ritchey Cranks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Post42K
    My ride: 2004 Fuji Professional (64cm), Aluminum w/carbon fork and seat stays.

    Components: Dura Ace (Ultegra brakes), 10-spd double. Ritchey DS Pro Z Deep Section wheels (I've heard mixed comments about wheel durability but so far so good).

    Smooth stiff ride for this clyde (6'4" - 210 lbs)
    If you look closely at the tube from the stem to the cranks it is also CF...

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    I ride a 05 Fuji Cross Pro.
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    I have and ride a Mid-80s Team Fuji TT bike. It's a real blast to ride. Heavy as hell but very fast.



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    Thanks but help me figure this one out. My LBS (Performance) has a Black and red bike Alu with Carbon Stays and forks but it has the Rubaix Pro Sticker on it and is labeled as an 04. If I go to Fuji's web site the 04 in black and red with Alu is not the Pro what gives? I am more than a little confused. I am pretty sure it is the Ultegra group also instead of the 105 that is listed on the Pro according to the Fuji web site. Thanks for the help!

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    Thanks but help me figure this one out. My LBS (Performance) has a Black and red bike Alu with Carbon Stays and forks but it has the Rubaix Pro Sticker on it and is labeled as an 04. If I go to Fuji's web site the 04 in black and red with Alu is not the Pro what gives? I am more than a little confused. I am pretty sure it is the Ultegra group also instead of the 105 that is listed on the Pro according to the Fuji web site. Thanks for the help!

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    Fuji Finest - 03 steel. I got this bike after being sideswiped by a tractor trailer (at low speed) which did enough damagae to my old Moto that I had to scrap it. I've put over 5000 miles on the bike, have taken care of it and it serves me well. Admittedly I'm interested in an upgrade as I'm finally seeing some results in my riding in terms of distance and speed and looking for further improvement with the help of lighter equipment and higher end components. I'm not sure it'll be a Fuji, simpy because the 'local' dealer is one independent sob and at times doesn't even maintain posted hours. I'm not sorry I got my Fuji - I am enjoying it immensely.

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    I own two Fuji's.

    A 2000 model Ace that is built up with Sora triple and will be building up a 2003 Roubaix Pro (853 steel with carbon front fork) with Ultegra as soon as I pick up the missing pieces.
    "You never fail, you simply produce results. Learn from these" - Anonymous

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Rad
    Thanks but help me figure this one out. My LBS (Performance) has a Black and red bike Alu with Carbon Stays and forks but it has the Rubaix Pro Sticker on it and is labeled as an 04. If I go to Fuji's web site the 04 in black and red with Alu is not the Pro what gives? I am more than a little confused. I am pretty sure it is the Ultegra group also instead of the 105 that is listed on the Pro according to the Fuji web site. Thanks for the help!
    The 04 Roubaix is Aluminum with Carbon and Ultegra/105 mix. Maybe it just has the wrong sticker?
    FS: Fuji SL1 frameset, 55.5cm toptube, excellent condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dahvaio
    If you look closely at the tube from the stem to the cranks it is also CF...
    The down tube?

    If so, the Professional is all aluminum except the stays and fork.
    FS: Fuji SL1 frameset, 55.5cm toptube, excellent condition.

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    A shameless plug, but I can't resist with this many Fuji owners...
    I'm selling my 03 - Roubaix - very nice condition. All original except bar tape.
    Bought a 05 Specialized Roubaix. Don't think the Fuj will get much road time now....

    If you're interested I'd be happy to send pics - PM me and we can chat.

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    I have an '05 Roubaix Pro, aluminum/carbon rear stays, mostly 105. Picked it after test riding a handful of similarly equipped bikes from Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, Giant.. It just felt better - more nimble I guess. I'd definitely buy another Fuji (after many more test rides, of course). This one was a much overdue replacement for a late '80's Cannondale criterium framed bike that was too big for me, so I need more time before I complain about anything with this bike.

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