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1995 Fuji Roubaix ------Too small but worth it for components?

Old 04-20-14, 05:45 PM
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1995 Fuji Roubaix ------Too small but worth it for components?

Hey guys,

I read another thread about stripping mid 1990's bikes to get a good all around ride with good components for a good price. I am looking to do just that and have been looking to find a good steel road bike to ride. Yesterday, I stumbled upon a 1995 Fuji Roubaix with shimano 105 everything and looks to be in very good condition (seller also said the bike was ms150 ready so I'm assuming its well kept/ recently tuned).

He is asking 150 for it and I would jump on the opportunity however I am 6'0" and think I would need something around 56-58cm and this bike is 54 cm. So the stand over height difference would be about 2" or so I think and I don't want to buy it if A) I can't ride it myself comfortably or B) I won't be able to strip the bike and sell the frame for my money back and use the components to build up a new bike.

Is this bike worth it even if it's too small? Do you think I could ride it comfortably? If not, do you think I could sell just the frame for a decent amount? It seems like a good deal for this bike.

Anyways, let me know what you think! I would really appreciate the input!

Thanks,

Ron

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Originally Posted by ronaldino713 View Post
... looks to be in very good condition (seller also said the bike was ms150 ready so I'm assuming its well kept/ recently tuned).
Don't assume anything on the condition of a used bike.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Frame is not worth much. I had the same bike that I stripped for the components. I held onto the frame until I had some decent DT shifter components, rebuilt it with that, and resold the frame as a complete bike. I've done this a far amount of time on donor bikes where the frame is in good presentable condition.
So do you think 54 cm is too small for me being 6 foot? Id like to avoid all the labor. If it is too small do you think 150 is a good price for basically just 105 components from 95?
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If the shifters work , the 105 set is worth the $150, but I would just buy a larger bike (~58cm) , and be done with it .
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I would pass on this one buying a semi project that doesn't fit on the qeuss worth of used components is a tough as nails road to go down most bike guy's have tried and many tears and dollars have been shedded with little or no return at the end.
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Thanks everyone for all the replies. I will pass on this deal as it seems like way too much work for outdated components. I'll keep looking for used bikes my size with quality components. Thanks again
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I'm a little surprised by the replies. Sounds like a good deal to me; of course you'd have to assess the condition in person.

OK it's only 7 speed but that's plenty for most purposes, it's a solid group set and a decent set of wheels. Swapping the parts to a different frame is no big deal if you do it yourself.
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There is a 54cm frameset on eBay for $299. I would assume that is overpriced if complete are going for $150?
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Yes, it is a good deal but it is the wrong size for the OP.

Actually, it is 8 speed. As far as recouping the purchase price by selling just the frame set? That's a non-starter. First, mid 1990s Fujis don't get much love. Secondly, its a TiG welded bike. Third, by 1995, it was made in Taiwan (Fujis made in Japan bring more). Figure $50+/- for the frame.

Buying bikes that don't fit for parts are best suited for someone with the time/tools/aptitude to do all the work themselves. If the OP is such a person, by all means, buy it. Need to make sure the shifters work, thats the weak point of that purchase.

The economics on the 1995 Fuji Robaix I picked up worked out well for me because I had a destination for all the parts. Wheels went onto my 1992 Paramount Series 5, new Michelin tires went onto my Katakura Silk, 105 bits went onto a Cannondale I upgraded and sold. Then I took the RX100 DT drivetrain off the Cannondale, and put it on the Fuji. At that point, I had two nice bikes that I sold, along with some parts for the personal fleet. This process was a fair amount of work, but I came out way ahead $$ wise. And I bought the Fuji right.

I got a nice note from the buyer of the Fuji a year later after he completed RAGBRAI. Bike performed flawlessly.


In my market, Cannondales with STI do quite well, whereas a 17 year old Fuji with STI would bring about half.
Thanks again, I passed on the offer since I've really only started to get into the whole building aspect of bicycles.

I actually started another thread today about the bike I ultimately purchased. It is a 1987-1988 Specialized Sirrus with full 105. I got it for a pretty good price so I already got the bike I need. Granted converting from 7 speed DT shifters to STI would be nice but those stupid shifters are hard to find and on ebay go for more than I paid for the bike and I have no problem with the DT shifters anyways. Thanks for the replies.
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