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Decades in waiting, 1989 Fuso FR1

Old 04-16-15, 11:08 AM
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Decades in waiting, 1989 Fuso FR1

Fuso has always been a bike on my wish list. This one was languishing with no bids which seemed almost criminal so here it now resides. Great pack (thanks so much!) and on re-assembly yesterday it dawned on me that this bike had been ridden very little, if at all, based on wear. At this point I felt the affliction that likely affected the two previous owners, the dreaded "collectible" bicycle paranoia begin to ascend = this is too nice to ride. Fortunately I immediately laughed that off and 1.5 hours later, man oh man what a lively ride. Probably the glorious spring day here, probably the occasional wind at my back but it sure felt like the bike was finally getting to fufill its purpose. Like some patient thoroughbred, it now seemed to effortlessly eat up the rolling miles. These bikes were built to ride and I am very grateful to have found this one. specs below

58 cm stamp, serial# matches 1989 production run. Outfitted with shimano 600 (ultegra 6400) aka tri color on f/r derailleur, biopace crank, hubs, bb, headset, brakes,levers, shifters, araya ctl370 rims, specialized stem/bars, turbo perforated saddle.

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Old 04-16-15, 11:45 AM
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You got a great deal on that bike! You probably know about Dave Moulton's bike registry, but in case you don't and you are interested here's a link:

A Registry of Fuso Bicycle Frames built by Dave Moulton
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I thought it was a good deal but it did cycle several times with no bidders. The fuso values are all over but for built up ready to ride (did put new tires, tubes, wrap ,pedals) FR1 w/ tri groupset, it seemed like a no brainer. I did submit to DM registry along with a donation for all he does to keep it up. Well worth liquidating some bikes for. If anything, I would love to find a 59 at some point but would be fine if this was the only one I ever come across.

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Very nice. A Fuso is also on my list....right size too.
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Nice score.
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Never even seen one. That is very special. It looks lively, too.
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I have nothing to add but this scan from my files. This is from the fan program of the 1985 Coor's Classic

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We were a Moulton/Fuso dealer back in the day. Dave's craftsmanship is the best you'll find.
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Great looking bike and the color is nice too

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Very nice!
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Looks great, enjoy it!
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I forget about these, others do too, the prices of ebay completed transactions are terrific for the buyers, stressful for the sellers.
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I too would like to get a Fuso someday. I recently passed (seller and I were 150 dollars apart on price) on a Russ Denny Fuso. It was very nicely constructed but without much in the way of badging. I will keep looking. Congratulations on a very good deal!
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Very, very nice, congrats!

Let us know how it rides.
Steel is real...and comfy.
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This 4 year old thread was mistakenly resurrected.
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Nothing wrong with resurrecting an old thread if it's to show off a beautiful FUSO. Here are my two, an FRX and an FR1

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ehh, zombies everywhere man, esp in the "smart" phone era. My fav is the one handed, against traffic biker looking at the phone in other hand....but regarding the Fuso I have yet to find a rider that compares, it is the most stable platform I have ever ridden esp as you bomb downhill, the faster you go the more stable it gets. I did have to build the rear wheel back up as those araya ctl rims are for lightweights (cracked it one day). But for steel frames you would be hard pressed to find a better racing geometry rider. Have not kept on up the Fuso inventory very much lately but a buyers market for any vintage steel for years now, I doubt Fusos are any different. If I could only keep one of the 6 herd it would be the Fuso.

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No mistake in resurrecting this thread Beautiful Bikes....!
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Originally Posted by miamijim
We were a Moulton/Fuso dealer back in the day. Dave's craftsmanship is the best you'll find.
Agreed. I have a John Howard and I consider the frame to be my best.
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