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Fuji Connoisseur worth modernizing?

Old 05-10-13, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig
The BD website says reynolds 525 . . . very, very odd. I thought it said 725 when it was first listed on their website (and so did a few other people on this list apparently as well).
Yeah, I noticed that too...
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Old 05-10-13, 06:07 PM
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Here are some photos of my bike. I got one with a black crank spider, which BD listed as a possibility (as I mentioned before the crank is being swapped anyway). The frame and fork look exactly like the detailed photo posted on the BD site except for the 725 sticker.


I took a quick ride around the neighborhood. The bike definitely encourages more spirited riding than my Volpe and it's 35mm tires; steering is precise, the ride feels firm but not jarring over bad pavement (which we have plenty of around here and is why I switched to 28s out of the box). Despite never having used downtube shifters before they quickly became natural; shifting the front isn't very different from using the front bar end shifter on my Volpe. The rear index shifting was good out of the box, we'll see how long before it needs adjustment or I switch it to friction mode.

My Volpe for comparison:
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Originally Posted by dphilips
Here are some photos of my bike. I got one with a black crank spider, which BD listed as a possibility (as I mentioned before the crank is being swapped anyway). The frame and fork look exactly like the detailed photo posted on the BD site except for the 725 sticker.

That bike looks awesome

I can see the Reynolds 525 sticker in the BD link.
I also notice that Fuji went from lugs to tig welding the frame at some point.
Looks like the rear dropouts are lugged ends which is an awesome detail.

I'm tempted
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wow, very nice bike, 725 or not. those bar drops are huuge.
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Originally Posted by CenturionIM
those bar drops are huuge.
Sorry, there's a bit of an optical effect going on in that shot as I was very close to the bike and using wide lens. The bars measure 42cm wide center to center at the ends, reach from center of stem clamp to center of the forward curve is ~130mm, drop is ~140mm.
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Wow. That is gorgeous. I especially like the one with Reynolds wheels.
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Well, the BD page has been changed again; now states the frames are 725 but some have 525 stickers.
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Frames are Reynolds 725 and that due to factory error; some have 525 decal but they are all built with Reynolds 725
I guess that solves the mystery.

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Thanks for posting some pictures of your bike. It looks good with those tires. What are they?

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They are 700x28 Resist Nomads. They cost about the same as wire bead Paselas but I wanted to try something new. Mine are 335g each and on the 21mm RPD15 rims they measure a true 28mm wide. The frame has plenty of room at the fork and stays but there is only 1-2mm clearance at the front derailleur clamp.
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I thought I'd post one last update on my Connoisseur:



After changing the cranks, pedals, and saddle the bike now weighs 23lbs, which doesn't seem too bad for being less than $600 all in on a new steel bike.

Originally Posted by F red
The spider looks like stamped metal, the chainrings have no pins or ramps
F red was right on with that call; the cranks were over 2lbs. Though they rode and shifted fine, changing to a Sugino 48/34 dropped over 1/2 pound and gave me more climbing gears.

I've gotten some more ride time on it and like it more every time out. It has a responsiveness that is very satisfying.

I see that BD is sold out of most sizes. I'm curious if anyone else here grabbed one.
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23lbs is a quite a respectable weight when compared to come C&V racing machines.
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Does anyone else have a large ring under the adapter/downtube shifter? I planned on upgrading to STI shifters and when I took off the downtube shifter and adapter, I noticed a large ring in the paint from the adapter. Looks like the factory worker tightened the bolt too much. Such a shame.

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