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Old 08-01-19, 06:37 PM
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Can anybody identify this model of Fuji? Or better still, what frame material he might be made out of? It looks like, based on the serial number, it may have been built in Japan in 1984. He has downtube shifters and a three-piece crank which tells me it is in the bargain basement model. Asking for a friend that I work with
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Never underestimate the value of old Fuji bikes. They are equal in quality to many Italian bikes of the same vintage. Yet, they sell for around 1/2 to 1/3 the price. And, old Fuji's are often given away for free to people interested in getting into bicycling. (and they sell pretty quick too). Old Fuji's are a beautiful thing. All Fuji's are bargain basement bikes. I love old Fujis. With the Suntour ARX RD and welded cable guide and bottle attachments I'd guess that's on the level of either a Club or Team Fuji. Somewhere around 1982 vintage. Be good. Have fun.
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I'm going to dispute the Team/Club model. Double rear eyelets? Gonna go with something like a Fuji Sagres. It looks a whole lot like one I had for a while. I can't remember if they all had flat fork crowns or some had sloping crowns. They did have the Fuji panto'd fork though. Basic, utlilitarian, solid, but nothing 'sport' or upper end.
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Never underestimate the value of old Fuji bikes. They are equal in quality to many Italian bikes of the same vintage. Yet, they sell for around 1/2 to 1/3 the price. And, old Fuji's are often given away for free to people interested in getting into bicycling. (and they sell pretty quick too). Old Fuji's are a beautiful thing. All Fuji's are bargain basement bikes. I love old Fujis. With the Suntour ARX RD and welded cable guide and bottle attachments I'd guess that's on the level of either a Club or Team Fuji. Somewhere around 1982 vintage. Be good. Have fun.
Agreed 10,000%

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I'm going to dispute the Team/Club model. Double rear eyelets? Gonna go with something like a Fuji Sagres. It looks a whole lot like one I had for a while. I can't remember if they all had flat fork crowns or some had sloping crowns. They did have the Fuji panto'd fork though. Basic, utlilitarian, solid, but nothing 'sport' or upper end.
Any idea the frame material ? Thanks Iíll pass along to my coworker!!

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Probably Fuji VALite '1769'. Quad butted Fuji-proprietary tubing.

On second look, could also be a Del Rey. Similar spec model. Without original pics you may not know. Don't know if Fuji keep records of what models matched what serial numbers.
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Reminds me a lot of a mid-80's Supreme I had and wish I still had. It was that same blue. I've never had a Fuji I didn't like, just some that didn't fit.
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I'm leaning towards the '84 Espree with Valite 178 triple butted.

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I'm leaning towards the '84 Espree with Valite 178 triple butted.

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My coworker thanks you very much - a 3x butted steel frame with DT shifters is a great jumping off point in to roadbiking!

I told him that if it's 1207 plain gauge steel then just ride it until the wheels fall off, but it sounds like this is actually a cool frame and would make a sweet daily rider with just a little modernization!
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I think ScottRyder is correct - 1984 matches the SN and the paint job is identical to other pics we lifted off the 'net. Also, the crank and fluted seatpost match.

Assuming this is an '84 Espree, can you guys appraise or should I create a new post in the appraisals thread?
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
I think ScottRyder is correct - 1984 matches the SN and the paint job is identical to other pics we lifted off the 'net. Also, the crank and fluted seatpost match.

Assuming this is an '84 Espree, can you guys appraise or should I create a new post in the appraisals thread?
A mint, and I very arely call anything mint, 84 Espree that just needed the dry rotted original tires replaced sold here last week for $135 and had it been my size I would have jumped on it at the original $150, it was that clean. The seller said it only had 100 miles on it and it looked it.

I just sold a rider quality '83 Espree with new tires and some extras for $100 but the '84 models had some upgrades from the 83's.

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I see the double threaded eyelets on the rear dropouts now. So, that means this was originally intended as a "touring" model. Maybe a DelRey or Royale or something, I would weigh it. If it's a touring model it will weigh around 28 pounds. You can shave a few pounds off these bikes with new lightweight wheels, tires, seats and pedals. Or not. Old Fujis were built to last.
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A mint, and I very arely call anything mint, 84 Espree that just needed the dry rotted original tires replaced sold here last week for $135 and had it been my size I would have jumped on it at the original $150, it was that clean. The seller said it only had 100 miles on it and it looked it.

I just sold a rider quality '83 Espree with new tires and some extras for $100 but the '84 models had some upgrades from the 83's.
This one's pretty rough - I gave my co-worker some pedals and brakes and brake levers just so he can ride the thing. I think he said he paid $350 for it which is way higher than I imagined. I didn't want to make him feel bad so I just told him that he's got a really good bike to start out with and he can do as much or little to it as he likes.
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This one's pretty rough - I gave my co-worker some pedals and brakes and brake levers just so he can ride the thing. I think he said he paid $350 for it which is way higher than I imagined. I didn't want to make him feel bad so I just told him that he's got a really good bike to start out with and he can do as much or little to it as he likes.
Cleaned up and tuned, it will ride nice enough for him to get $350 worth of enjoyment from it. I had an Espree come thru my hands once, nice bike, perfect for a commuter.

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This one's pretty rough - I gave my co-worker some pedals and brakes and brake levers just so he can ride the thing. I think he said he paid $350 for it which is way higher than I imagined. I didn't want to make him feel bad so I just told him that he's got a really good bike to start out with and he can do as much or little to it as he likes.
Ouch. Here's the one that just sold here for $135........






The '83 I just sold, the '83 models had stem shifters, steel seat post and steel handle bars, I changed this one over.

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I sold my Espree because I picked up this '86 Del Rey, a much better bike. I haven't done anything with it yet but as soon as a couple more bikes leave it's going on the stand.

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