The group is fairly big, so the coach partners up 3 or 4 of similar speed, 3 or 4 bike lengths apart. Gives you a nice rabbit to chase (or makes you a nice rabbit). Good way of making sure all the stops come out.
Soooo this popped up on the local craigslist today
Like new Fuji Pro Track Bike 54 cm
Going to check it out in person tomorrow. I was going to go another route but... this seems like a good intro if I can make it happen.
We have a lot of them at our track, a good budget frame I think. Price is good too, probably as cheap as a built bike gets without going steel. Do it.
Ive never noticed the seatmast, I must be thinking of the other Fuji bikes (they make a lot). I would think he would mention it in the ad since as Carleton noted if its cut too short for you thats it.
Nashbar Fuji Track Pro
The seat mast topper sucks and the one-bolt saddle rail clamp system sucks. Pick your poison.
I wouldn't recommend it.
If I ever found myself with a Fuji Track Pro, I'd want a new fork for it. It's got a 74 or 75 degree headtube, but a 45mm-raked fork - which gives a trail measurement in the 40s. That's really really low.
Most road or track bikes, have trail measurements from the mid-50s to the mid-60s. Sprint bikes, with steeper head tube angles, use low-rakes forks to accomplish this. Combining a steep HTA with a road-raked fork is confusing and seems like lazy rather than thoughtful production.
The Fuji TP with the seatmast has a trail in the mid-60's.
I loved mine (2009 model, with the corrected chainstay). Even though it was "entry level", I'd probably still be on it if it had been a touch bigger. You can get the seatmast cap to stick, but it's really better off if you cut it so that it sits all the way down on the seatmast. When I wanted to raise my saddle a few mm, I did get it to stick, but then I found a saddle that had slightly taller rails just for peace of mind. The one-bolt design... not the greatest, but I didn't have any troubles with it.
I have 2011 Track Elite with the integrated seatmast. It is a problem, and adjustments in length are difficult to make. However, it can be done; I have used it with a spacer to raise the seat slightly. Even when the seat is on the seatmast, however, it still squeeks somewhat, indicating that it is moving. I have gotten used to it, and now I suspect it just bothers whoever is riding next to me. The new design with the standard seatpost is a vast improvement. Like all the others, I would look for the earlier Track Pro and pass on the newer version.
Went to check out the Fuji Track Pro today. Turns out is does not have an integrated seat post.
Wasn't sure what the most important bits to get pictures of were, so I took some random shots.
Guy wants 750, with the spare fork. If I can get him to 600 I might be able to afford it.
By the way, that's a 2004. More info here
It looks like Sugino 75 cranks were swapped out for lower-end cranks.
If it's bone stock, you'll want to make a few small upgrades:
- Replace the aluminum chainring bolts with steel ($5).
- Replace the chain with a new stronger one ($20)
- If the tires are dry, put some new ones one. Ask for recommendations here. I a few favorites.
- The pedals are OK, but if you are going to do strong standing starts, I'd go with some different ones.
- Maybe put some different bars of your choice on there. Those are wide road bars (stock on that bike).
Here it is with different components:
I like that frame.
Last edited by carleton; 04-10-14 at 07:32 PM.
the cranks are Sugino Rd - a 130bcd road double (or even tripple)
Dan's post says "guy wants $750"
by the time he swaps out everything on your list, plus the cranks and BB- he bought a 10yr old frame and some average wheels....
Im pretty sure he could get a brand new Felt TK3 for under $1000.. id go that route
The used track bike market is different, as its very small. I've seen bikes for sale at our track that I thought were a great price, and they sit there for months or even years as there simply are no buyers. I think a lot of people will just keep their bikes they don't ride anymore as its just too hard to sell.
FWIW my buddy bought a brand new Felt TK3 for right around $950 last month.
750 is a little steep, no idea what the 2nd fork is worth. Right around 600 is fair and probably about as cheap as a non-steel bike gets.