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Old 03-23-18, 06:11 AM   #1
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Value of a 1985 Club Fuji

58 cm Club Fuji w/ Suntour Cyclone front & rear derailleurs. Good paint except for a few nicks, tires in decent shape. Thoughts on value?
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Old 03-23-18, 06:55 AM   #2
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I always judge the internal mechanical condition based on the external mechanical condition. The first thing I see are old rusty cables. Replacing cables is easy/peasy the parts are cheap. And old cables affect shifting and brake performance. So I then assume wheel hubs, bottom bracket, headset will all need to be rebuilt. I also assume brake pads are old and hard.

So I would build into value some room for maintenance. If you can do it, the cost is not too much, just time and a handful of parts. If you pay someone to do it, then the cost adds up quickly.

Also check that seat post. That particular model is very prone to getting stuck, due in part (my theory) to the very wide side flutes. Its a sharp post but has shortcomings.


Because of the mechanical needs, I'd put the value about $125. If all of those things were recently repaired and fresh, $250. The difference is the value of my time, as the parts needed would be $25 or less (assuming wheel cones are OK, worn cones throws a wrench into the estimate). Does not include labor if you pay someone to do it. This is not a tune up. This is a teardown and rebuild. Shops around here charge $75 an hour for labor, so a rebuild would be cost prohibitive.
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I would agree with wk101 that this bike does need a lot of work they cleaned it up nice and put some new cheap bar tape on. But when you look close it is pretty easy to spot that all of the consumables including tires will need to be replace and the bike needs to be fully serviced. Having worked on a lot of Fujis of this vintage I second checking for stuck post and or stem looking at this I would bet at least one is stuck based on the mismatch of height. As for value as presented $125-150 and $250-300 if it was properly serviced with new stuff and ready to ride $250-300. These are real nice great riding bikes with very good mid level components and well worth the time and effort of a rebuild if your doinf it yourself for a rider.
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Before @ramzilla chimes in with a huuuge value, I'm on the same page with @wrk101 and @zukahn1.
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These are nice riders, picked this one up a few years ago and actually made a video you can find on you tube. Seatpost was frozen, even totally overhauled could only get 200 sale and that was a few years ago when market was more seller side. This one had cyclone front and 600 rear, the frame geometry is a little slacker than the team and a tad heavier, but this one at least rolled very easily and was a fun to ride. As a general rule fujis are often undervalued compared to some other mid 80s Japanese brands like miyata or centurion.
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If you take less than $300 for it you’re a moron.
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These are nice riders, picked this one up a few years ago and actually made a video you can find on you tube. Seatpost was frozen, even totally overhauled could only get 200 sale and that was a few years ago when market was more seller side. This one had cyclone front and 600 rear, the frame geometry is a little slacker than the team and a tad heavier, but this one at least rolled very easily and was a fun to ride. As a general rule fujis are often undervalued compared to some other mid 80s Japanese brands like miyata or centurion.
Even in a strong market that's an about right price.
The prices that get knocked around on here are for the guy that has thirty bikes in his garage and people know he sells, and works on them.
I know a lady who sells porcelain, and glassware, but she always has a "clients" that buy directly from her. Sometimes she does sell on the Bay.
Ebay sellers with high feedback always get more and so on..........

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Even in a strong market that's an about right price.
The prices that get knocked around on here are for the guy that has thirty bikes in his garage and people know he sells, and works on them.
I know a lady who sells porcelain, and glassware, but she always has a "clients" that buy directly from. Sometimes she does sell on the Bay.
Ebay sellers with high feedback always get more and so on..........
Only 30 bikes, WTF?
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