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Old 10-10-20, 02:56 PM
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first generation Fuso

Just picked up this first generation Fuso. Not sure whether to keep the DA 7400 components, go to period correct Campy (last gen Super Record) or retro mod it with Shimano 105.



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Old 10-10-20, 03:10 PM
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Very nice. I have no advice.
This ad is from 1985... that was pretty close to the first year if not exactly.
Super Record... of course.

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Love these, have 2, 1 way too small, 1 less so, Dave came to a shop here about 5 years ago on a meet and great, talk tour. Great guy and fascinating story.

One could argue his Paris-sports came before these but......
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Being a parent of a certain age, when I see Fuso, my mind drifts to the Fossa of the Penguins of Madagascar and King Julian.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Very nice. I have no advice.
This ad is from 1985... that was pretty close to the first year if not exactly.
Super Record... of course.

WOW!

Never seen a print ad from that early, very cool.
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I would say that the current components are as period correct as Campagnolo Super Record would be and probably work better. This is coming from someone who has owned mostly Campagnolo equipped bikes
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Love these, have 2, 1 way too small, 1 less so, Dave came to a shop here about 5 years ago on a meet and great, talk tour. Great guy and fascinating story.

One could argue his Paris-sports came before these but......
If one reads Daves histories, there is no doubt Paris Sport came before Fuso.

Per Dave, PS 79-80
Fuso appeared in 84 as a result of the deal with John Howard going belly up.
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Nice bike!
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That looks like one sweet bike. That early Dura Ace works beautifully.
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I promised to come back after I got this built. I decided to make this a rider and went resto/retro mod on it. I know that crank is hideous and not strictly necessary to the functionality I want but I had the 105 group as a takeoff from another bike.





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BlueDevil63,

Beautiful bike! I’ve met a few cyclists lately who are familiar with Dave Moulton and his bikes.

I picked up a repainted 85 Fuso frame earlier this year. I’m still accumulating parts for my build. I’m planning on keeping everything Asian-American on my bike with no Italian parts. So far I have a Phil Wood BB, IRD Defiant 50/34 vintage look Crankset, Suntour Superbe Pro long cage RD, Nitto bar and stem, Suntour 14/34 freewheel, Specialized hub with Saturn rims, SR seat post with Brooks Pro frame refurbished with a custom white leather top by Rudi Mayr. I will add Superbe/Superbe Pro FD, downtube shifters, brake set. Will swap between Shimano SPD pedals and Suntour Superbe Pro pedals with toe clips and straps.



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I like the update route you took! The silver 105 isnt the greatest on its own, sure, but it actually kinda matches the silver in the frame.
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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
I promised to come back after I got this built. I decided to make this a rider and went resto/retro mod on it. I know that crank is hideous and not strictly necessary to the functionality I want but I had the 105 group as a takeoff from another bike.





Well I'm glad you got this going, this is one of his best paint schemes IMO but man are you correct about the crank.

I know this probably works great but I couldn't t do it, good thing is you don't have to see it when you're riding.

I feel like I'm being poked in the eye with it.
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Looks like a great rider! I like it.
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I’m jealous. You have the metal head tube badge. The seller of my frame gave me a full set of stickers including a head tube sticker. He got them from Dave Moulton but Dave no longer has any metal head tube badges.
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I have spent God alone knows how much money on bikes and tools and parts and accessories this fall, to the point I'm afraid to think about it.

And then I see another Fuso and I am damn glad it's too small because I'd find myself ..... thinking......counting pennies......
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I have spent God alone knows how much money on bikes and tools and parts and accessories this fall, to the point I'm afraid to think about it.

And then I see another Fuso and I am damn glad it's too small because I'd find myself ..... thinking......counting pennies......
There’s currently a 61cm blue Fuso frameset on EBay right now........
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$2,400???

At that price even a pathetic addict like me won't bite.

But if you find a complete 63cm full built bike for oh, say $200...
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Oh, I didn't see the $2,400 listing for the complete bike. There's a blue 61 cm Fuso frame asking $475 + $125 s/h. I've seen complete bikes go for $700-1500 in the Socal Craigslist and Offerup ads. Keep your fingers crossed. You may find a bargain eventually!
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I got it for $600 for the complete bike with original 1984 Dura Ace and 600 components. A fantastic deal in my opinion.
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Mine with 600 Tri-color on it. Wish it was a bit bigger but still a nice ride.

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...did Dave ever do any Fuso framesets with applications other than road racing?

things such as track, cyclo-cross, touring, randonneur?

asking because have never seen nor heard tell of such

thanks for any information


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...did Dave ever do any Fuso framesets with applications other than road racing?
things such as track, cyclo-cross, touring, randonneur?
asking because have never seen nor heard tell of such
thanks for any information
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The very first Fuso road bike showed at an expo in 1984.
There were a few Fuso mountain bikes
Discussed in Dave's blog
Dave Moulton's Blog - Dave Moulton's Bike Blog - Evolution: The Mountain Bike


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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
The very first Fuso road bike showed at an expo in 1984.
There were a few Fuso mountain bikes
Discussed in Dave's blog
Dave Moulton's Blog - Dave Moulton's Bike Blog - Evolution: The Mountain Bike
I believe Dave says that the mountain bike explosion is what put him out of the frame business.
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