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Old 01-28-09, 09:46 AM   #1
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2009 fuji track comp ?'s, some suggestions needed

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I'm planning on purchasing a 2009 fuji track comp here in the next week most likely. I don't know many people that ride single/fixed and none of the local shops around in my area seem to carry too many options when it comes to parts and bikes.

I figured actual riders on this forum could offer the best advice.

My question is, is a fuji track comp a good street bike? I searched and not too many topics came up, I realize its pretty much the same as the pro, being a true track bike, but I'd just like to get a little more info before I spend around 1000 on a bike

I'll basically be cruising, no tricks or anything, no heavy abuse, some streets in my area aren't the greastest and some are pretty nice, another question is I see it isn't drilled for a brake and from what ive heard and read, a front brake is needed in my city, are there any options other than getting a new fork?

Plus I'm fairly new to the riding fixed, I had the windsor hour for about 7 months and rode the hell out of it, and loved every minute of it, minus the wheels being junk, so I don't mind spending up to around 1k, cause I know its something I'll enjoy, but if anyone had any other suggestions on bikes to check out I'm open for that as well thanks
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Old 01-28-09, 09:55 AM   #2
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I'm not sure how much they've changed lately. I've got an older one and I really like it. The one complaint I had is the stock wheels aren't as good of some of the competition. The other thing to watch for is their sizing - they measure to the top of the seat tube rather than to the top or center of the top tube. So their 56 is more like a 54.
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Old 01-28-09, 10:05 AM   #3
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It's not really a very comfortable street/cruising bike and the aluminum (at least on my 03) dings/dents very easily due to the fact that it's a track bike and not a real street ride.

I find a bit more relaxed geometry and durability at the price of weight would serve you better. For the price you're looking at, I'd get a Van Dessel Country Road Bob over the track comp, which I have an older model of. It's got disc brakes, the tubing is much much burlier for locking up, and it can fit some pretty burly tires but still stay quick with slicks. It's not going to have bottom bracket stiffness that you can push 1800 watts on, but for what it sounds like you want in a bike, it'd be a waste.

Also look into IRO's, Bianchi's offerings. Those are solid bikes as well.

I'm sure some dumbarse here will go "BUT YOU NEED TRUE TRACK GEOMETRY TO ROLL IN TRAFFIC DAWG!" and he's got risers and some ridiculous stem on it.

See what you can ride. From what it sounds like, you really don't need a track bike, and would really be served by a frame with track ends.

RE: Sizing via seat tube: This is stupid to worry about anyways because you should be sizing yourself by the top tube not the seat tube anyways. Seat posts go up and down pretty far. Top tubes have a limited amount of adjustment via a stem.
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thanks for the info and suggestions

Yea, I'm pretty open to anything really bike wise, I just like the whole ease of not messing with multiple gears and such, and the windsor seemed light, I didn't have any complaints and its all city riding here, no trails or woods or anything

My dad has a cannondale comfort bike, hybrid, whatever they are called and I didnt like they way I felt on it, when I ride I tend to ride kind of faster, well def like to keep a faster pace, so I figured a road/track bike would be my best bet,

I have read on forums and just other reviews online on how fuji makes pretty solid bikes, I figured either the track comp or pro would be good, but read they are better for the actual track

Another thing was the whole aluminum denting and dinging, some things I read were it dents easy, some said it doesn't, so its a toss up, I guess for the most part I'm looking for something pretty solid that doesn't need upgrades from the start
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