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Old 07-01-05, 08:48 PM   #1
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Bianchi Volpe vs. Fuji Touring

My original decision was to get the Fuji touring. However, I cannot get it because the distributor doesn't have any in my size. I've been told it could be a month or longer. On the upside, there is a local place who has a bianchi volpe in stock that is my size! The downside is that it is $100 more than the fuji. I was going to get the fuji for $700 and the bianchi is $800 (all locally). I am not a bike mechanic or on the up and up with parts, etc Looking at the specs with my limited knowledge, they seem to be about equal. A few minor things are that the fuji comes with pretty lame rear rack, the bianchi has a suspension seat post and comes with clipless pedals while the fuji has toeclips. Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you fellow cyclists!
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Old 10-06-05, 11:22 AM   #2
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Might be too late to reply but the biggest difference you need to consider between the two bikes is the gearing. The Fuji comes with a 30-40-52 crankset and the Bianchi comes with a 28-38-48 crankset. It seems minor but it can make a big difference if you're going to be doing fully loaded touring with hills and you aren't a stong climber. If you already purchased a bike, what did you go with? How do you like it?
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Old 10-07-05, 11:53 AM   #3
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Actually, I didn't get either! I found a guy locally selling a used 2001 Trek 520 frame/fork, nitto technomic stem, and tange headset for $175! The frame is my size too (63cm). What a deal! So I built up everything else with mostly everything I wanted. I spent more than if I would have bought the ~$800 fuji or bianchi. However, I have gearing i like and all the components I like.


bars: nitto noodle bar
levers: shimano
shifters: shimano bar-end
brakes: dia compe canti-lever
cranks: sugino xd triple
seat post: nitto pearl
front der: shimano deore
rear der: shimano deore lx
cassette: 9 speed

rear wheel:
mavic a719 36h rim
shimano deore lx hub
dt spokes
conti top touring 2000 tire

front wheel:
salsa delgado cross 32h
shimano deore hub
dt spokes
conti top touring 2000 tire

I still havent decided on a saddle yet so I'm just using some generic bontrager one. Haven't really decided on what I want to do for peddles either. Using wellgo flats for the time being.
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Old 10-08-05, 07:25 AM   #4
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