Just bought a Fuji Track Pro frame only, and I want to take it to the velodrome
Hey, first thread here.
Anyways, I've been riding fixed for a little more than 2 years, and road for the past couple months on my university's team. I ordered the 2009 Fuji Track Pro frame from Nashbar like a lot of other people, and it's set to ship out in July. I live 5 minutes away from the Encino Velodrome, so I figured I'd try the velodrome over summer.
The first problem is, I don't have a fork for the frame, and I'm on quite a budget. Fuji doesn't sell the forks individually, and it's kind of hard to find a fork with 35mm rake <$300 or so.
The second problem is that I'm switching over my Omniums and my stock Kilo TT wheelset over to the track pro until I get enough money. I'm wondering if this will present any problems?
Also, if anyone has advice on my problems and/or beginner tips with track cycling, I'd greatly appreciate it.
The cranks and wheels will work just find, except you probably got one of the track pros that can only take up to 44 tooth chainring, which will cause all sorts of problems with racing. If thats the case you are much better off racing with the TT. But that was probably always the case, even if the track pro was the fixed one.
Make sure that Fuji Track Pro is the one with the redesigned chainstays, or your Omniums won't work, clearance-wise. It isn't a chainring issue, it's a chainstay thickness issue. It's why the complete bikes (during Gen. 1) were shipped with FSA Carbon Pro cranks and ISIS bottom brackets with MTB spindles (113). When we tried to put track cranks on ours, they all hit the chainstay. After a long battle with Fuji, I got a redesigned one.
Long story short, make sure that you got a redesigned one. I haven't seen any forks like that lying around. Problem is having to spec one that mates with the frame/headtube. Probably worth contacting Fuji N. America to see if they have any suggestions.
Fuji rep said "There are countless track forks produced by many different manufacturers that will work. What you want is a 700c fork with a 1 1/8" threadless steerer tube that has a 35mm offset. Most manufacturers that produce aftermarket forks have a line of track forks that meet those specs."
So much for helping. I'll make sure tomorrow if I can that the Fuji isn't the bad model. What is a typical gear ratio, or gear inches for that matter, of beginner track cyclists?
If you got the super deal off nashbar its 99% sure that you got the 44 tooth version, unless you got really really lucky. A typical begginer ratio would be in the 85 gear inch range. So you could ride the 44 front with a 14 rear and then if you want to at some point there are 13 tooth cogs that will give you right around 90 inches. But thats all the room you got, which will be a big hinderance down the road.