Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
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Which Fuji are you looking at? I have a 2005 World, which is the higher end touring bike that was discontinued for 2006 - I simply love it. The Fuji Touring is a nice bike too, but a bit heavier and geared a bit too high for touring IMHO (30/42/52) - but the crankset can always be changed.
The Brava is a beautiful looking bike, but looks to me like more of a road bike than a touring bike. It's geared like a road bike, I don't think the carbon fork is capable of mounting a front rack and I'm not sure it has the clearance for fenders. For touring a Bianchi Volpe might be a better choice. You might also want to look at a Jamis Aurora, which is in the same price range as the Fuji Touring, Bianchi Brava and Volpe.
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