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Old 09-25-07, 08:54 AM   #1
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Fuji Saratoga?

Anyone here have any experience with this bike? Would this be up to full loaded touring?
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Old 09-26-07, 01:42 PM   #2
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Wow, this is a fine bike. Very nice.
Can you find the spec of the bike?
One issue I see immediately is the gears. It looks like a road triple and rear cassette of about 11-23. This will not work with up hills with panniers. You will need to know if its 7 or 8 speeds cassette. 8 speed cassette you can put 11-34 at the back with a mega range dérailleur at the back. With 7 I don't know.
The crank will do for the start, but maybe you will change ring to lower counts. But here you will need to know in advance if you can find like a granny 22 tooth ring that will fit the crank.

Another issue is the geometry of the bike. What is the wheel base and the chain stays length?

I see that there is a braze ons for a front rack which is good.
You have there cantis breaks which will support a wider tiers, but its hard to see how much place there is for a wider tire.
Barends - beautiful.

All in all this is cyclocross bicycle in IMO, so it will do for a lite tours, but no heavy loads. There are more rigid bikes out there.
I would buy this bike, because its beautiful. It looks like a custom bike that people pay a lot to get. My future bike will look like this.

Good luck.
If you have some input, please post.
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Here is the spec: (drooling)

This is a fine touring bike.
You have 36 spokes front and 40 rear. Very rigid.
It is 7 speed which I suspected, so someone please help here, what is the biggest cassette can be fitted here?
The crank is 48/38/28 which is way high on loaded bike, but light touring will be ok.
Oh, and it comes with 700x32c tires, very good, but you need to check if fenders can be put, and what clearance you have for wider tire.
Buy it, and make sure you do it fast
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Here are some good photos of Fuji Saratoga:
http://dvorak.vox.com/first-set-of-p...ratoga/page/1/
You can see the clearance of the 700x35 tires from the fork. Its about 1cm. So maybe you can get to 38c with fenders.
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