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Bridgestone XO-3(1992?) or Fuji Sundance (1984?)

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Old 10-10-18, 11:45 PM
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Bridgestone XO-3(1992?) or Fuji Sundance (1984?)

If this belongs in the standard discussion forum more than appraisals feel free to move it admin...

My Cannondale ST500 is in progress. I still dont know if I'll keep it but I'm at least going to grease up the parts and give it a good test ride. Since it's an aluminum frame it cant be cold pressed. This means it cant replace my Harding as my daily commuter given it has a 135mm Alfine 8 speed hub drive train setup I'd like to use in a frame more my size.
so I have two bikes that may be decent contenders. I really like the 40s I have on my Harding and so Ive been drawn to two bikes with a good amount of clearance.
I know these are both, at best, lower end models. I'm looking for a daily commuter though so hi-tenesque frames are not a terrible option.
Anyway! On to the two options
A.) Bridgestone XO-3 I think it's a 92 but I am unsure. Shape looks a little rough around the edges but I like the clearance and the look of it.
$80 (only pic avaible)


Seller says its my size at 60cm (looks to be small by my eye 58cm or less) has the clearance I want. Price is 80 dollars which feels a tad high, should I try and bargin down if I go for this one?

B.) A 1984(I think) Fuji sundance
I actually kind of love the look of this one and those bull moose handlbars are something else! Its priced at $150 which feels too high. Seller says it has all new housing and cables, new rear tire, and they took it apart greased things up and put it back together. If it is in ready to ride shape that price seems more fair.

Also my size, I think. Ad says 23.5"


My inclination is towards B. It looks to be a better constructed frame, it has even more clearance than the bridgestone I think and its ready to ride. Given its twice the price though I wanted some other opinions.

Thoughts on which bike is a better overall machine?
Forum searches reveal neither are anyone's dream bikes, but they ride well to excellent depending on poster.
Open to all suggestions from "run dont walk to buy" to "Run dont walk away, far, far away"

thanks as always guys!

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I like the Fuji, MTB of that time are of my favor.
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I like the Fuji, MTB of that time are of my favor.
what do you think of the price? Suggestions from other threads asking about those models were pretty varied.
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I do think the Fuji is high for the type, not bad for the condition. It would certainly be able to handle what you need it to do. It does look like it has replaced wheels, for me knocks it down a notch. Probably has ratchet shifters most likely was 15 spd when new.

$150 is closer to a wish for the type, offer $80 max.

I actually was hoping you were going to buy the black and red Trek you asked about.


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The Fuji looks like it's been serviced. It's worth $150, but you should be able to knock it down a few bucks. Great utility bikes.
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I do think the Fuji is high for the type, not bad for the condition. It would certainly be able to handle what you need it to do. It does look like it has replaced wheels, for me knocks it down a notch. Probably has ratchet shifters most likely was 15 spd when new.

$150 is closer to a wish for the type, offer $80 max.

I actually was hoping you were going to buy the black and red Trek you asked about.


The earlier model I posted about? If it's the one I'm thinking of it had a big crack in the chain stay behind the crank. Pretty disappointing, I would have loved that one.
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The Fuji looks like it's been serviced. It's worth $150, but you should be able to knock it down a few bucks. Great utility bikes.
That's the plan, aim for 100 or 125
The ad expired overnight, hopefully they put it back up.
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Sellers rarely/never get size right. The Fuji is huge. The Bridgestone is small. If you are unwilling to just go look at them, have the sellers put a tape measure up the seat tube, starting at the center of the crankset and going up to the top of the seat tube.

Fuji is about twice the bike at twice the price. Thats about right. But you will need to be 6-3 or taller on that Fuji, and about 5-9 on the Bridgestone.
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Sellers rarely/never get size right. The Fuji is huge. The Bridgestone is small. If you are unwilling to just go look at them, have the sellers put a tape measure up the seat tube, starting at the center of the crankset and going up to the top of the seat tube.

Fuji is about twice the bike at twice the price. Thats about right. But you will need to be 6-3 or taller on that Fuji, and about 5-9 on the Bridgestone.
I'm not unwilling to check them out just looking for info before I see them in person.
I thought that fuji may be enormous.
I was worried about the Bridgestone. It's out. Much too small.
I'm 6' 2" with the seat way up and feeling cramped by the top tube on my 58cm frame size currently. Fuji may be too big but I've ridden a 63 cm and felt pretty comfortable, more comfertable than on a 58 anyway haha
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At 6'2" you should have no problem.
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At 6'2" you should have no problem.
The largest size in the X0's is 58.5. I have an 0-2. Great bike, but at 6'2" it's a little tight. That X0-3 is smaller than my X0-2...

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