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Fuji Touring Series III vs IV vs V?

Old 12-17-20, 06:57 PM
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Fuji Touring Series III vs IV vs V?

What are the differences (if any) between the series III, IV, and V Fuji Touring Bikes?
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Old 12-17-20, 07:37 PM
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Dig around in the catalogs and see what you find: https://classicfuji.posthaven.com/archive
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Old 12-17-20, 08:48 PM
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One standout difference is the V is the first and only one with mid-fork mounts for low-rider racks, if that interests you. I also think it was the best color scheme but that's subjective.

I think I've seen a few very late model IV's that also had the mid-fork mounts but it's certainly not the norm, or perhaps they were added after the fact.
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Look for the early to mid-'80s on these. TS V's have the nicest tubing and best features (braze-ons), but a TS IV is no slouch. Beautiful bikes.
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I can confirm that some TS IV production was with factory mid-fork mounts - mine has 'em, though have not yet decoded my S/N to work out when it was built. EDIT: turns out it's a November '84 frame

TS V also came with barcons, using a clamp-on cable stop on the down tube. TS IV has shifter braze-ons.

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Originally Posted by niliraga View Post
I can confirm that some TS IV production was with factory mid-fork mounts - mine has 'em, though have not yet decoded my S/N to work out when it was built. EDIT: turns out it's a November '84 frame

TS V also came with barcons, using a clamp-on cable stop on the down tube. TS IV has shifter braze-ons.
...and stainless steel spokes. My 84 TS-IV does not have the mid fork mount. No regret but over time SS spokes hold up better; and I like bar ends so will add to my recent acquisition TS-IV. TS-III did not have sealed bearing hubs that the IV & V have.
All 3 are great bikes.
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Hmm, no mentions of the differences in the frame materials;

III was a quad butted VALite frame with VALite fork and stays
IV was a quad butted CrMo frame with VALite fork and stays
V was a quad butted CrMo frame with CrMo fork and stays
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Hmm, no mentions of the differences in the frame materials;

III was a quad butted VALite frame with VALite fork and stays
IV was a quad butted CrMo frame with VALite fork and stays
V was a quad butted CrMo frame with CrMo fork and stays
​​​​​​RiddleOfSteel mentioned that the V has the best tubing!

Overall, the V is a really big step up from the III, and a step up enough from the IV that if you like the color scheme it's well worth being the one to choose if given the option.
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A humble vote here for the TS III as that's the one I acquired at a very good price. For my purposes its just as good as the others. I'm real pleased with it. Granted the tubing is "better" in the IV and V and the components and details are nicer but I do not regret getting "only a TS III". Curious thing is that, despite the differences in the three models, they all weigh the same (within 0.2 lbs). I do not intend to do heavy weight tours, maybe light touring and have it set up as such. Mostly long day trips with room for rain gear, lunch and, If on the CCRT, brownies for my friends. That will do.




I've changed the bars, stem and saddle. I change the middle ring to a 39 as I need that more than the half step gearing. Oh, I installed a very nice Cyclone MK II RD too as the one that came on the bike was wrong anyway.
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A humble vote here for the TS III as that's the one I acquired at a very good price. For my purposes its just as good as the others. I'm real pleased with it. Granted the tubing is "better" in the IV and V and the components and details are nicer but I do not regret getting "only a TS III". Curious thing is that, despite the differences in the three models, they all weigh the same (within 0.2 lbs). I do not intend to do heavy weight tours, maybe light touring and have it set up as such. Mostly long day trips with room for rain gear, lunch and, If on the CCRT, brownies for my friends. That will do.




I've changed the bars, stem and saddle. I change the middle ring to a 39 as I need that more than the half step gearing. Oh, I installed a very nice Cyclone MK II RD too as the one that came on the bike was wrong anyway.
A definite beauty. I'd be happy to own any of the three.

"Brownies for his friends" he says...
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