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HELP!!! 1984 Fuji Mt. Fuji and Circa 1990 Nishiki Colorado

Old 01-03-10, 12:08 AM
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HELP!!! 1984 Fuji Mt. Fuji and Circa 1990 Nishiki Colorado

I need to know what a 1984 Fiji Mt. Fuji, all original, Suntour Mount Tech derailleurs front and back, Sugino triple crank, alloy rims, no rust, dings, dents, etc. with a 17 or 18 inch frame is worth (assuming I could even find another one) so the Court can make the motherless S.O.B. that stole mine replace it or give me the cash to replace with something of the same quality.
If you know of a recent sale that can be documented, that would be great. I can't tell the Judge and/or jury it is worth "X" dollars without something to back me up. I know it is worth more than a dang department store bike - even if it was 26 years old, but non-cyclists Judge and/or jury will think it is nothing but an old bike and therefore not worth anything - even if it did cost $890 bucks new.

I also need the same info for a 1990-ish Nishiki Colorado, that the same S.O.B. stole. Again, it was complete, no rust, dings, dents, etc, full Shimano Exage group with bio Pace. I think this one was around $550 new.

Thanks in advance.
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Unfortunately, due to depreciation, older bikes like that often have the greatest value in sentimental value, unless they're some sort of rare collectible model. If you're hard pressed for a dollar amount for those exact models (or similar ones from that era), perhaps you could do a search of completed eBay auctions? Personally I'd try to push for actual replacement cost for comparable current models from a local bike shop. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by bicyclridr4life View Post
I can't tell the Judge and/or jury it is worth "X" dollars without something to back me up
can of worms...

you might want to get a professional to handle this
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can of worms...

you might want to get a professional to handle this
+1 I would go to a local bike shop, and get them to give you a figure. Alternatively, you could search ebay for similar bikes (completed sales), include shipping. That would probably be the easiest route.

In general, even top end mountain bikes from that era have very little/limited value.

+1 I would focus on replacement value: what would it cost to get a similar quality bike today
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
+1 I would go to a local bike shop, and get them to give you a figure. Alternatively, you could search ebay for similar bikes (completed sales), include shipping. That would probably be the easiest route.

In general, even top end mountain bikes from that era have very little/limited value.

+1 I would focus on replacement value: what would it cost to get a similar quality bike today

Problem is, what would be of similar quality today? The '84 has a lugged and brazed triple butted steel frame, which IMHO is far superior to any welded frame, Other than the Fuji Cambridge (roadster style road bike) are there any other lugged and brazed mass produced bikes made today? Somehow, I can't see the Court telling him to get me one of the Cambridge models with a MSRP of $1050 ... What vintage bike would be close in quality and build? Any vintage Trek or other brand made with a lugged steel frame I should look at?
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I agree with 'E', head over to your local bike shop and see if they can write a cost of replacement estimate. then head over to the local gun shop and ger a 327Mag. and some hollow points.
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I agree with 'E', head over to your local bike shop and see if they can write a cost of replacement estimate. then head over to the local gun shop and ger a 327Mag. and some hollow points.
why bother with a peashooter? I use 45 ACP with NOS Winchester Black Tallon
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Originally Posted by bicyclridr4life View Post
why bother with a peashooter? I use 45 ACP with NOS Winchester Black Tallon

OH pardon me
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In 1991 the Colorado was the top of the line, standard frame (non-elevated chain stay) model in the Nishiki line-up. It had Shimano LX500 group components. But in 2010, its just another rigid fork MTB in the used market. This type bike usually sells for $100 to $150 tops in this area. The Fuji may not be worth that much because it's not index shifting. That's what those bikes bring in Raleigh, NC. YMMV in your area.
However, my opinion in a court of law means nothing. As was stated, go to a bike shop and get an estimate on their letterhead, you'll probaly do much better.
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If I was looking to replace a STOLEN bike, I'd take note that there are very few high-end steel-framed MTB's available today, other than say, a Marin Pine Mountain 29'er.
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OH pardon me
Sorry, did not mean to insult I like your posts and have learned from them.
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