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Fuji Royale 2 Serial # FJ11095

Old 12-05-18, 09:57 PM
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Fuji Royale 2 Serial # FJ11095

Bought this to use as a winter bike because the salt on the roads would destroy my good bikes. I will take off the Profile bars as I doubt I will be racing on snow. Tires are very smooth so will consider Kenda K161 or similar, or might try to switch to 700 rims as have a pair with cyclocross tires. Currently it has 27 inch alloy rims and I do have a 27 inch steel rim set which could be sacrificed.

I believe it would clean up very nicely if I were to keep it but I do need a winter bike and I haven't even bothered to wipe it down, let alone properly clean it. . Only real rust issue is underside of BB and that will definitely be hit by salt from the roads.











I like the rebranded Suntour components and note that while the Fuji VX RD is not a long cage, it is certainly longer than the normal short cages are and I might separate that out and save it. I'd like to replace it if I can with a spare I have from one of my Raleighs.




Does anyone see any value to this or should I just condemn it to be a winter rider?

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Old 12-05-18, 10:40 PM
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In Buffalo area, as is, maybe $75.
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Old 12-06-18, 06:13 AM
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I paid $40 in Buffalo so condemned to be my winter bike it shall be. I will keep the RD and try to switch in 700 rims. If not it gets kendas and dies with the 27 rims it has now.

Suprised it sat for a long time at $100 with no takers. They well made bikes.
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Don't matter how hard you try to kill it. That thing is bullet proof. Probably one of the toughest bikes ever built. It's one of the main reasons that Japan took over the entire bike market towards the end of the 80's. When the planet explodes that Fuji Royale will be floating around in space for eternity. It's worth way more money than most people think. Don't listen to oddjob2, he's a tight ass. Be good. Have fun.
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A bike shop I did business with in St. Catharines was a Fuji dealer in that period. The owners claimed they were the best bikes they sold and they handled Sekine, Raleigh and Pinarello. They claimed the Fujis came out of the box perfect and had no warranty claims. Only assembly was ever required back then and your bike was from exactly the period under discussion.
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I might list it first on Kijiji, just out of respect as I hate destroying a good bike with salt. Next week is supposed to hit 7c (45F) so will try to clean and see what it's like under the grime. If I do keep as a winter ride I believe I will first switch out the RD at the very least and maybe keep as a back up for my League as it's in great shape and I have a few rough old RD's laying around.
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......It's worth way more money than most people think. Don't listen to oddjob2, he's a tight ass....
its worth what people will pay for it, no more or less.

I find most Japanese bikes sell for relatively low prices despite their good quality. This is good for an end user buyer, not so hot if you want to refurbish and make a little for your efforts.

On a good day in my relatively soft market I could get $150 for it after spending $50 to $75 on parts and consumables and 4 to 6 hours. So at OJs $75 price point I would be working for free.

now if I wanted a solid keeper, sure Fuji would be on my list along with many other 1980s Japanese made bikes.

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For a $40 purchase, it is a keeper. If it will be your winter bike, I would replace any of the components that you don't want destroyed by salt. Switching to 700C wheels will give clearance for wider tires. Nice find.
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Despite @ramzilla's opinion of my derrier, the OP did not ask for FMV price for a refurbished price, so my opinion of value is based on the bike in it's current condition.
Buffalo, NY like most of upstate NY is a notoriously cheap market for bikes and just about everything else, except heating fuel oil.
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All good, I agree that if I sell it would need a shine up (and if I keep it it will still some work).

I took it for a ride yesterday, only to find my son had kindly taken my gloves and even -4c (25F) was a bit too much to ride without gloves for more than a mile. Still no issues with anything that I could see.It should be a blistering 5c (41F) on Friday and so I will sit in my garage and clean it and regrease wheel hubs and see what it rides like for a few miles.

Oddjob are right about Buffalo for prices but man sometimes do people get silly with what they think they have...
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[QUOTE=oddjob2;20697074]Despite @ramzilla's opinion of my derrier, the OP did not ask for FMV price for a refurbished price, so my opinion of value is based on the bike in it's current condition.
I love to quibble with oddjob2 about bike prices. But, this time I have to agree with the $75. Regardless of how nice they are, Fuji Valite bikes were a mass produced item. It will take decades before these are rare enough to command higher prices. Good news for buyers.
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