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Old 05-05-19, 06:55 AM
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1984/85 Fuji Mt Fuji cleanup started

Originally I bought this Fuji thinking it would be parted out. Just like every other time, I like the bike and couldnít part it out. I decided to sell the pedals to cover the cost of the bike and to add it to my fleet as my only mountain bike. Eventually, I would like to add slick tires to make it roll a little faster.

I started with the year down and frame clean up. I treated all of the rust with naval jelly. I painted over the bare steel with clear nail polish. After that, I polished and waxed the paint. Iím looking forward to getting this one back in service!
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Ishiwata tubing?







These bars are so wide. I love them!
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Nice forged dropouts


Ishiwata stamping in the steerer tube.


I cannot figure out this serial number, even with the help of classic Fuji.


I think these are fake lugs on the head tube. They are too perfect compared with the other joints.


Cleaned up rust, covered with nail polish.


More tire rub!


This is my 3rd from Goldieís


Lots of paint damage to the chain stay.


The frame as a whole


The whole fork. That is one wide fork crown.
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That's really great. So nice that it has two sets of bottle bosses!
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The frame is dreamy. Love the inky paint.
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The frame is dreamy. Love the inky paint.
Itís so dark that itís tough to see that itís green. Even in person
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Nice!
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Some more progress, probably about 2/3rds of the way done. I ordered a Kalloy Seatpost, new pedals and some stainless cables to finish it off.

I would like to try wide slicks on this bike sometime in the future.
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Those Dia-Compe cantilever brakes are classy!
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Nice score I have thumb shifter envy, I had a Nishiki Cascade with those but passed that one on and all I see these days are twist shifters or plastic thumbies when I look for Vintage MTB deals.
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Beautiful bike! Gotta love those solid metal shifters. I would just ride it as is with the 26” wheels on some trails!
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@mkeller234 look at Maxxis Hookworm tires. They are about as big as you can go on a 26" MTB platform. Run them at low PSI and you sort of have a Fat Bike without having one!
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Just waiting on the new Seatpost, pedals and cables and then itís ready to roll.
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@mkeller234 look at Maxxis Hookworm tires. They are about as big as you can go on a 26" MTB platform. Run them at low PSI and you sort of have a Fat Bike without having one!
I have had really good luck with maxxis tires in general, so I will look into those. The tires on the bike are OEM, so they definitely need replaced when I have the funds.
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Very relaxed head & seat tube angles. Motobecane had the "Mount Becane" in the same, early MTB years. The nutted axles would slow down any casual thieves. Some early MTB buyers, later wished they had a lighter bike. Cheers :-)
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That thing is hot.

All top shelf stuff for the time.

And I also dig that color/paint. The Fuji Touring IV and V are so beautiful to me- just for that color scheme.
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Are those Suntour/Sansin, Sansin, or Joytech hubs?
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Are those Suntour/Sansin, Sansin, or Joytech hubs?
The hubs are marked sunshine
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Originally Posted by TireLever-07 View Post
Very relaxed head & seat tube angles. Motobecane had the "Mount Becane" in the same, early MTB years. The nutted axles would slow down any casual thieves. Some early MTB buyers, later wished they had a lighter bike. Cheers :-)
It is definitely not light! I was surprised when it was stripped down, the frame felt fairly light though. The wheels are pretty heavy
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Lovely bike, not a thing I would have done differently. There's just something about early MTBs; that whole one-foot-in-BMX-one-foot-in-touring-bike sort of figuring it out phase made them really, really interesting.
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Get a set of the Compass Rat Trap Pass. They're (too) expensive but unfortunately they're amazing and probably worth it.
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Get a set of the Compass Rat Trap Pass. They're (too) expensive but unfortunately they're amazing and probably worth it.
Those tires sure are pretty. Are the Compass tires durable? I had horrible luck one summer with a pair of high zoot challenge tires.
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The hubs are marked sunshine
My understanding is Sanshin is Sunshine. Sanshin made the Suntour hubs- and I've seen that 'sealed bearing' sticker on Suntour hubs. I also thought I've seen that sticker on Joytech hubs as well- I don't know if those were rebranded Sanshin hubs as well... @T-Mar ??? @pcb ???
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My understanding is Sanshin is Sunshine. Sanshin made the Suntour hubs- and I've seen that 'sealed bearing' sticker on Suntour hubs. I also thought I've seen that sticker on Joytech hubs as well- I don't know if those were rebranded Sanshin hubs as well... @T-Mar ??? @pcb ???

Yes, Sunshine and Sanshin are the the same. Originally, Sunshine was the brand name for the hubs produced by the Japanese company Sanshin Matsumoto Works Co. Ltd. Eventually, they would start branding under the company name. Joytech on the other hand, is a Taiwanese company. While Sanshin is know to produced hubs branded for other companies, to the best of my knowledge Joytech never had hubs contract manufactured. However, it is possible that some early models were Sanshin clones or maybe somebody used some Joytech QR levers on Sanshin hubs. Either could easily lead to mistaken identity without taking a close look at the stamping on the shell barrels.
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The serial number indicates that the frame was manufactured in November 1983 while the date code on the Ishiwata steerer tube is December 1983. Both are late enough in the year to be consistent with a 1984 model.
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