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Fuji Racer "The Ace" early 70s 60cm mostly complete and original

Old 05-09-20, 01:55 PM
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Fuji Racer "The Ace" early 70s 60cm mostly complete and original

Better than fair, maybe good. Double butted 60cm frame. Vintage Dura Ace. It's missing front derailleur otherwise it's all there. Brake lever hoods deteriorated. Dirty AF and some scratches. Similar to one posted here 4 years ago.

Was hoping to post some photos but I'm a Newbie here so I guess I'll do so when I have made enough posts.
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IIRC at launch this model was only offered in black with purple pinstriping and lots of chrome.

does this describe your example or perhaps it is a bit later...


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Mine is orange, the same color as the '74 Ace that rhm posted here in Nov 2016.
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Thank you!

The example I have a mental picture of dates from the 1971-72 time.


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Pictures please. Or else who's going to believe this?
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History is important to us. Give us some good photos to refer to in the future. Nice bike, wouldn’t mind having one someday.
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would love to share photos or link but cannot do so until I have made the requisite number of posts
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With the clamp on RD cable stop & brake cable clamps it's definitely 70's vintage. I didn't know Dura Ace even existed back then. (I think the crankset may have been added later). It looks like a solid ride and refurbished w/new tires would probably make a great rider. It's got threaded eyelets on the dropouts. So, you could fit a rack & fenders on it. Definitely a classic vintage steel ride. Nice. Be good. Have fun.
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Thanks for the link Insidious. Ramzilla, alas it's too tall for me, that's why I will sell it somewhere when I figure out a ballpark value.
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$300 +/-, could take a while to sell. It will take the right buyer to appreciate that this is a fine bike!

I've used Cane Creek hoods on those levers and they worked out fine.
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So what would the correct front derailleur be? That is all it's lacking. Thanks
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Black-...4383.l4275.c10
VeloBase.com - Component: Shimano EA-100, Dura-Ace (First Generation)
(see user comments at bottom of page)
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Fuji's Ace was one of the first Dura-Ace models, released in 1974. The orange finish indicates 1974, The serial number will provide confirmation. Black Dura-Ace was not available until the 1975 model year and I'n not aware of the Ace being offered with this option. The absence of black finish on the hubs, brake calipers, derailleurs and shift levers support a replacement crankset. Which is really unfortunate, because black Dura-Ace looks stunning on an orange frame.
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serial number looks like K9010038

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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IIRC at launch this model was only offered in black with purple pinstriping and lots of chrome.

does this describe your example or perhaps it is a bit later...


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It was re-released in the 80's as a budget racer. The 70's was the high end Shimano bike while the Newest and Finest were Sun Tour
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Originally Posted by charlesj View Post
serial number looks like K9010038

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The 3rd character should be a letter. Might it be a 'C' or 'G'? Regardless, it was built during Showa year 49, which is 1974.
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