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Old 09-12-16, 12:58 AM
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1980 Fuji America

Hey guys I'm pretty new to the forums and would like some help on the 1980 Fuji America I got. I ended up paying $75 for the bike the other day from the original owner (awesome guy ) but he has done some changes/upgrades.


The gist, I am trying to get all the original parts for the bike but find myself stumped not being able to find out what brake levers were used on the 1980 model. The bike currently has shimano aero brakes (I think 105). I want to say that the originals look like Suntour Superbes but I would really like a second opinion.

Additionally I am not sure but did this model come with a touring rack?

Final question, any tips on finding the original rear wheel with freewheel? Apparently the rear wheel was replaced by an araya wheel with suntour perfect 6 speed. It't not bad its just that the wheel is obviously thinner than the front ( I think 25 mm vs the original 28).

Anyways thanks for reading my post. I really hope you guys can help
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Old 09-12-16, 03:06 AM
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Here is a link to a 1980 Fuji America review from Bicycling magazine. Courtesy of Velo-Pages.

<------ Bicycling Magazine 03-1980 ------> Fuji America

Here is the third page with a list of components.

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Fuji America 1980 Brakes

In addition to the great information in the posted article. The catalogs are also available on the Everything Fuji site at Fuji Bicycles - Identification by Serial Number, Catalog, Model and History 1971-1991

They used the Dia Compe 500G brakes on this bike so a similar vintage Dia Compe lever would be fine. The Superbe components were usually limited to the top Fuji bikes in this time frame. Albeit, Dia Compe made the Superbe brakes for Suntour. Yours had the 1st generation Cyclone line derailleurs, which is also a great derailleur set! As indicated in the above article and in the catalog they used UKAI 700 X 28C rims originally. The only way to get exact replacements is to find some used. Although there are many new rims that would look and perform just like the originals.
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You happened to get an incredibly good deal. The America is a really fine bike. Fujis are awesome, and this one is one of their most awesome bikes. If it's your size, you are lucky. With the triple chainwheel, bar end shifters and Blackburn rear rack you can use it for touring and some really serious riding. Those brake levers are actually nice to have when riding...good move on the guy's part. $75? Incredible! If it isn't your size, you are lucky. You can make 400% to 500% on your money. If it were a 23" or 25" frame, BTW, I'd be too envious of you to reply to this thread.

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Old 09-12-16, 07:58 PM
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Dude, that's over the top. Can't believe you scored that for $75. Great deal!
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excellent deal, beautiful bike. I wouldn't try to get original parts; I'd overhaul it and ride the heck out of it. I've always wanted one of these.
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Oh god...

*looks at ebay completed sold listings*
*see's price tag*


Totally knew what I was doing...



Thank you all for the info, oh and yes the bike is in my size

55 cm from top of seat tube to center of crank if i recall thats how to measure a frame size.

Funny thing was that I was about to pass since the original owner stated it was a 52 cm frame (I'm 5'10", 5'11" on a good day)

Soon as I got on it and gave it a good spin, instantly fell in love

Never going to sell it
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Oh and one last question, I am in need of some new cable housing clamps/guides and don't really know what size I need. I saw on ebay that the diameters of some cable guides go from 25.4 mm to 31.8 mm. Tips?
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You can clean up the old ones with fine steel wool.

Or, Measure with calipers, then buy.j
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Since this bike has standard size steel tubing it takes 28.6 cable guides or clamps for the main tubes. As for the levers I probably wouldn't change them but if you want a vintage correct you can get some non aero Grand Compe's off of ebay for about $30-40.
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