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Old 06-17-14, 06:56 PM   #1
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Bianchi Pista VS Fuji Feather

So, I've been reading up and I stumbled upon a Feather for an awesome price. I do like my pista though. I would like to have one commuter, and then maybe build one for race/track.

Just looking for people's opinions on both frames and what they would do!
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Old 06-17-14, 07:28 PM   #2
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I don't consider myself an expert, but the Fuji Feather is a relatively low end frame, and depending on which year the characteristics can be a bit different (weight and stock components). I'd be less heartbroken if a Fuji got beat up from commuting.
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i dont know why but i really like fuji feathers. i like pistas too.
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They're on the same level. You should alternatively swap out the fork on your pista with a lugged one to change things up to make you interested in it once more.

Although if I were to buy my first, I would've gone with the feather because of the lugged fork. I can't stand the ugly out of place unicrown fork on all modern pistas.
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I guess it's worth mentioning, a Bianchi Pista will have better resell value than a Feather given the same year, at least in my area. I've seen some perfect condition 2009 Feathers go for $150-160 but a same year stickered up Chrome Bianchi Pista at $500-600 (hipster tax incl.)
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FWIW, I have a 2011 Feather and would not buy another one. The name is misleading - it feels really heavy and sluggish, and the wheels are boat anchors. It's not terrible, but it just makes you want something better.
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^^ this. I see a LOT of Fuji Feathers being discarded/sold on Craigslist in the DC area. Has to be a reason for this, no? Great bikes aren't sold that frequently.
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I vote for Kilo Wt, I would say Surly Steamroller but they no longer sell them as completes.
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They're on the same level. You should alternatively swap out the fork on your pista with a lugged one to change things up to make you interested in it once more.

Although if I were to buy my first, I would've gone with the feather because of the lugged fork. I can't stand the ugly out of place unicrown fork on all modern pistas.
Two anti unicrown fork posts in one day lol. I agree they are hideous, not sure how much of an UPgrade buying a lugged fork is functionally though. Better off dropping a pound in the front end by replacing it with carbon
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Thanks for the input dudes! I already have a Pista, but was really liking the Feather for some reason. I'm currently 75% done with my Pista build, just waiting on a few new parts like forks (steamroller) stem, bars, and headset. But I've read quite a bit on both, but I really like both bikes. wanted some outside opinions on what would be a better investment for a nice bike, and a fixed bar cruiser haha
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^^ this. I see a LOT of Fuji Feathers being discarded/sold on Craigslist in the DC area. Has to be a reason for this, no? Great bikes aren't sold that frequently.
But entry-bikes are. Which this is. Entry bikes might not meet a lot of people here's expectations FWIW.
Either the seller moved up or looking to get out.
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Two anti unicrown fork posts in one day lol. I agree they are hideous, not sure how much of an UPgrade buying a lugged fork is functionally though. Better off dropping a pound in the front end by replacing it with carbon
It's a pet peeve of mine.

An aesthetic upgrade for the eyes. It's like an Apple thing.
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i like them both, but if i had the bianchi i'd switch the fork, and the fuji's cheaper, so i like the fuji better kinda. i wish they sold fuji feather framesets. thatd be awesome. but if it were free, i'd take a chrome pista with a threaded lugged chrome fork over the feather.
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The Surly steam Roller fork is cheap enough, lugged and comes with a 1" steerer offering.
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I don't have any personal experience with either, but I have checked out the Fuji Feather at a local bike shop. I sort of like the entry level stuff in that it's fun to tinker with, i.e. learn how to break and fix things, and while being lots of fun you don't have to worry about them getting dinged, broken, or stolen.
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I second the fact that the Bianchi will have a higher re-sale value. I hate the unicrown fork on my pista too. The only problem is finding a lugged fork with the same rake as the stock Pista.
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The Surly steam Roller fork is cheap enough, lugged and comes with a 1" steerer offering.
yeah, I love the steamroller fork. The fact it's inexpensive, while maintaining quality, with the 1" option has me set on that.
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I second the fact that the Bianchi will have a higher re-sale value. I hate the unicrown fork on my pista too. The only problem is finding a lugged fork with the same rake as the stock Pista.
The rake from the steamroller to pista really isn't that much of a difference, so that's another reason why I went with it. It won't affect my handling that much (if at all, really).
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The rake from the steamroller to pista really isn't that much of a difference, so that's another reason why I went with it. It won't affect my handling that much (if at all, really).
Do you know what the rake mm is?
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Do you know what the rake mm is?
The ugly, stock pista fork has a rake of 28mm.. The Steamroller's is 38mm I believe
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