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'86 Club Fuji

Old 10-23-15, 09:34 AM
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'86 Club Fuji

I've always liked the Fuji's but I'm no expert on them. Is the frame actually quadruple butted? Is that an aluminum fork? Came across this one. Mostly original with full Cyclone components and doesn't seem to be too scratched up. A little polishing, Turbo saddle, some new tape and it should be good to go. $180 asking price. Fair deal?

1986 FUJI CLUB FUJI (COLOR WINNER RED)

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Old 10-23-15, 09:38 AM
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More than fair, I'd say. I'd already be on my way with cash in hand.
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Old 10-23-15, 09:43 AM
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More than fair, I'd say. I'd already be on my way with cash in hand.
In the 2000's I was buying or building up at least a vintage bike or two every year. I pared down my collection, I have three road bikes now and the last one I bought was four years ago. Ride the hell out of all of them. I think it's time for another, I'm getting the urge for a new project. A quad butted frame is very enticing. Not sure about an alu fork though, if that's what it is.
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I'm no expert either , but I think that is a good looking bike . I saw a fork like that on the bay the other day and it was listed as Alum. I think $180. is a good price . The only thing that I would do to that bike is grind off the fender mounts .
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The catalog says the fork is a chrome plated VALite, same name as the frame tubing. But man it looks like aluminum to me.

http://www.classicfuji.com/1986_04_ClubFuji_Page.htm
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I'm no expert either , but I think that is a good looking bike . I saw a fork like that on the bay the other day and it was listed as Alum. I think $180. is a good price . The only thing that I would do to that bike is grind off the fender mounts .
But w-w-why?...
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Clean paint + Cyclone group = Fair deal at $180.
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I'm no expert either , but I think that is a good looking bike . I saw a fork like that on the bay the other day and it was listed as Alum. I think $180. is a good price . The only thing that I would do to that bike is grind off the fender mounts .
Surely you're kidding right? RIGHT??
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
The only thing that I would do to that bike is grind off the fender mounts .
I don't follow.
Are fender mounts aesthetically offensive? Or are they somehow in the way?
...I would think they would be good to have one you sell. Or if you ever want fenders(I wouldn't for this bike, but to each their own).
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Believe the 86 did have a fork like that. Same model/year but in pristine shape sat on CL near Portland ME for weeks at 450 this summer, too steep. I sold a nice 85 club from personal rider collection this spring @ 200 firm (2 hours north of portland) but it was totally ready to go with good tires, tuned, etc. The frame is different from the pro/opus/team frames though. The 85 club was a tad heavier vs the 84 team I kept, but rolled very smoothly and had a nice mixed ride of speed with stability--just as named!

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i sold my '85 club for over $500 (new brooks, newly built wheels). this '86 is a little nicer bike.

quad butted doesn't mean 'light.' i'd rather have a chromoly fuji rather than a valite one.

if the fork is original, it's steel.

but at $180 (and without a current project myself), i'd probably buy.
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Originally Posted by devinfan View Post
But w-w-why?...
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Surely you're kidding right? RIGHT??
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I don't follow.
Duh, to make it look more like an Ironman.

You guys leave him alone.

PS: $180, I'd be on the way home with it. If I had any money.
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Well I sent the seller a message a few hours ago. We shall see.
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I'd be grinding off the fender mounts, the cable guides the right shifter braze on and half the derailleur hanger. Ditch the seat tube pinch bolt and lighten it up by taking out every other bearing.

**** yeah FAST!
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If it was bigger I'd probably come after it tomorrow for $180 but it's a close on my value vs drive distance scale.
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I have a 1989 Club Fuji with Ishiwata Si35 Triple Butted tubing. I don't know how it compares to the earlier models, but it seems pretty nimble to me. They were marketing it as a Triathlon bike, middle of the racing bike line. I had not ridden it much until recently when I swapped to a slightly taller stem. That was all it needed to make it into a fast, comfortable, long distance bike. I currently have brifters on it, but I intend to swap back to the downtube shifters.

Also, it doesn't have fender eyelets, although I wouldn't condone grinding them off if it did.

Take a magnet to check if the fork is aluminum.
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The guy sold it to someone else today for $160
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The guy sold it to someone else today for $160
That sucks...but at least you don't have to remove all that Reynolds wrap that was being used for bar tape.
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That sucks...but at least you don't have to remove all that Reynolds wrap that was being used for bar tape.
That was actually the original tape.
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Moved to Appraisals.
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Yikes ! I kicked the hornets nest with the comment about the fender mounts . Please note you guys , I said " the only thing I would do is grind off the fender mounts " The important word is "I" meaning that's what I think , and it does not mean I think you should . Well maybe just a little . Yes the truth is my friends I don't like fender mounts or rack mounts on a race type bike , which I think that Fuji is , it has beautiful tight geometry . It is a racing bike, from the 80s' and (here I go again ) I think it should be mountless
Thanks for the back up RT . Just mixin' it up with the bros .

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and.................................................................................it's gone!
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Fender mounts make you go slower.

Threatening to modify the frame of a vintage bike=trolling the C&V forum,
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