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Old 09-06-19, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by casanewt View Post
I just found one as well! I've been looking for a long while. This beauty is completely original except for the pedals. Even the foam handlebar grips and brake hoods are intact!!!!! This is my personal grail bike. My 1984 Fuji Touring Series IV:


Oh how I hate that foam handlebar grip! Too much time in the sun and it gets brittle.

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Old 09-06-19, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post

I decided to swap in a narrow range 7-speed freewheel. So far, so good.
That's a beautiful example of an America!!

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Old 09-06-19, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by sdn40 View Post
Beautiful Opus III. This model holds a special place for me. Early in the days of working with the late Bill Reavis of ClassicFuji he keyed me into this model .. He said I really needed to get one for my collection. A few years later a young kid came into the LBS with one that was my size and in absolute mint condition. I contacted Bill and we discussed possible strategies on how to get the kid to sell it to me. Other than loads of money there wasn't much we could do. He offered to loan me money if I needed it. I ended up paying over $700 for it at the time ... a huge sum for a Fuji! But it was all original and I wanted it. My first foray into the higher end models of Fuji and it didn't stop there. Here's the Opus on my blog:

1984 Fuji "Opus III" - Vintage Fuji Archive

I had switched out the original saddle for a Fujita Pro at the time.

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Old 09-06-19, 07:22 AM
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I just rebuilt an early 70s Fuji Finest I picked up a year or two ago. I think it may be a '70-71 as it lacks a serial number and the Fuji website (back when it still existed suggested that the Fujis without serial numbers were imported '70-71). I build the bike up to do some climbing in Wisconsin where I go riding on a fairly regular basis (and there are some serious hills there) with a SR Apex triple crank (48/38/28 rings). I also tried to build up the bike with almost entirely Japanese parts (the saddle is a selle anatomica though). The bike is a lot of fun to ride and surprisingly light (24.5 lbs with a leather saddle which isn't bad for a fully chromed chrome moly frame).



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Old 09-06-19, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
Oh how I hate that foam handlebar grip! Too much time in the sun and it gets brittle.

Cheers,

Scott
I now have two 1984 TS IVs in the garage. They both have the original foam grips and both are in pretty amazing condition for their age. I'm not a fan of the aesthetics of the foam, but I don't think it detracts too much from the looks or function. I will replace it when it starts to fail, but for now, it's only original once!
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Old 09-06-19, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by casanewt View Post
Got the TS-IV on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in Northern Michigan this week. What a treasure that bike path is,




Nice Touring Series, almost bought one off of Ebay a few years back. I was at Sleeping bear dunes in the early 90s during a van trip across the country, beautiful place.
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Old 09-07-19, 04:57 AM
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These are spectacular machines - I have lust for one of these Fuji Series IVs, and keep an eye open for one in 59/60cm -- seems like most are 57 or 63?
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Old 09-11-19, 02:00 PM
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This thread needs more Fuji mountain bikes
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