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Old 02-15-11, 03:54 PM
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Fuji Design Series

So I didn't get the trek, but what do you guys think about this? Would it be worth building up? Good price?

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...216252302.html

https://cgi.ebay.com/Fuji-Design-Seri...09432685028017

Thanks a lot for all your help
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My opinion only: Nice quality frame, made in Japan. Never remember hearing of a 'design series' Fuji ever. I think that the price is nuts, considering looking at the chrome in the pictures. Perhaps $200. For the asking price you could look into a Reynolds 531 frameset. The price for shipping the frameset also seems way overboard - perhaps , with insurance,half of that price. Let's see what others have to say.
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I believe it might be a 1986 based upon color scheme. Yes, there was a "Design Series" model and it was a hand-brazed, hand filed beauty made by true craftsmen. Too bad the owner let the chrome suffer so badly. I would differ with the description of surface rust. Looks deeper to me, especially on the chainstay protector. Still, not a bad overall condition. I would go $200.00 or so if it fits you. Google Fuji thumbnails and you will find a website devoted to Fujis. The bike reportedly has 4 coats of baked on paint, so rust is probably not a big issue on the frame, barring any deep scratches, etc.
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Old 02-15-11, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by twolve View Post
So I didn't get the trek, but what do you guys think about this? Would it be worth building up? Good price?

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...216252302.html

https://cgi.ebay.com/Fuji-Design-Seri...09432685028017

Thanks a lot for all your help
By the way, how tall are you? I looked at your post about the Schwinn ST and it was a smaller frame than this one. The Schwinn looked to be a 21" frame and this Fuji is supposed to be a 58cm which is around 23". Not a big deal, just wondering.
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Old 02-15-11, 11:45 PM
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I am about 6 ft tall, so a 23'' would on the bigger end for me. I never actually went to look at the ST, but the seller said it was 22'' frame, which would have worked.

And it's located in St. Paul which is very close to me, no shipping, but I am getting the sense this overpriced, especially for the condition. Thanks a lot!
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twolve,
I have a 23" Meile Gara 88 frame that I was planning to put on CL when it warms up.
I am also in the TC area.
If you are interested e-mail me and I can send you some pics.
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You can see my thread on questions I had about this frame earlier. my user name is tonkaboys

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These frames were right at the top of the Fuji hierachy and are very nice indeed, though they don't have the prestige of some of the top Italian brands. The tubing was the lighest that Ishiwata offered at the time without going into their 017 set which was intended for record attempts. While I don't know the market conditions in your area, I do agree that at $400 seems quite overpriced for the condition.

Personally, I would think that 58cm would be about right for a person who is 6', provided you have typical proportions.
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Originally Posted by twolve View Post
I am about 6 ft tall, so a 23'' would on the bigger end for me. I never actually went to look at the ST, but the seller said it was 22'' frame, which would have worked.

And it's located in St. Paul which is very close to me, no shipping, but I am getting the sense this overpriced, especially for the condition. Thanks a lot!
You probably should be looking at 23" or 58cm frames. Depending on your leg length versus torso length, you might have to make adjustments to the stem. I ride a 23" but have shorter legs. I cannot follow the standard advice about 1-1/2" to 3" of standover clearance. If I did that, the bars would be in my lap. Nearly every 23" frame I've tried has been nearly perfect with minor adjustments. I have a long torso so the longer top tube helps me achieve a comfortable reach.

Personally, I think the Schwinn was just a bit too small for you.
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A truly wonderful frame from Fuji, what a shame that it was allowed to get into that condition. I have an 1986:

https://vintagefuji.posterous.com/198...mpagnolo-super

I think the pricing is way too high, I'm pretty sure $200 is a stretch as well.

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Thanks for all the posts. I'll take your word that I should probably use a 23" and I should pass on this frame unless I can get it for considerably cheaper than it is listed. I guess I saw it and was dreaming of something like yours Scott, that thing is beautiful! Beech also send me some pictures of his, I can't pm him back, I think I need a certain amount of posts or something, but his Design Series was also amazing. Thanks everybody!
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I like the color and vaguely recall seeing the design series in the catalogs. too bad it was left to rot. $200 tops witht he post, seat and HS. I hope the seat post is included because it matches and not because it is stuck.

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+1 At that price point ($450), you should be able to find a really nice, complete, high end vintage bike, in great condition. Building up a frame can be an expensive proposition, and a deteriorated frame like this one would be a poor candidate for the effort and $$ involved in a quality build.
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