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I posted this reply on my 2004 Royal in this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...205#post684205

Originally Posted by madhouse
I’ve been commuting with a ’04 Fuji Royale since the beginning of August.

I chose it for the more comfortable, upright riding position. I ended up putting aero bars on it so I could cut the wind. Personally, I love everything about the bike but the flat bars. I need to drop to the aero bars at least every 8 miles to keep my hands from going numb. That and I only road on the spec’d saddle for 30 miles before I threw it away!

I don’t know where you live, but FWIW the 38c Nokian studded tires just fit.

If I wasn’t a friend of the Fuji dealer I would have purchased a Lemond “Big Sky” series. They have drop bars with an adjustable stem that can give you plenty of rise, cross brake levers on the bar tops with integrated shift/brake levers. Plenty of hand positions and built for comfort, including a suspension seat post.
I also have a lot of drag with the dust boots on the front Ritchy hub.
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