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Old 05-08-14, 12:47 PM
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Vintage Fuji Owners - Question

So I just picked up a '77 Fuji America. Can anyone identify this seat post? Looks like is says Sp∏eA Rider. All of the catalogs online just say "Forged Alloy" for this year.



Also, it seems to be missing a piece that attaches the saddle to the post itself. Any ideas? I'm about to head over to my LBS and see what they think.

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I have no clue on the greek, but you're missing the two pieces that sit on those posts that jut out of the side. That's too bad, because it looks like a nice post.
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I don't know who made it or what it's called, but it's a standard design. Invented by Campagnolo and copied by Zeus, Sugino, SR, Lambert/Viscount, and I don't know who else.

The piece in question: is it missing from both sides?

With luck you may find another forum member who has the parts you need. Or maybe you can find a post in an odd size and scrounge the parts from that.
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********** Rider seat pillar | Vintage CrankVintage Crank
i found this through older posts!
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Awesome! Thanks for the help guys. I hope I can find those missing doodads, this post is pretty rad looking....
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Apparently these are rarer than hen's teeth. Even if you decide to give up on it, don't chuck it in the wastebin. Given their rarity, I suspect you could probably get a few bucks (even incomplete) from a desperate enough Fuji collector.
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Apparently these are rarer than hen's teeth. Even if you decide to give up on it, don't chuck it in the wastebin. Given their rarity, I suspect you could probably get a few bucks (even incomplete) from a desperate enough Fuji collector.
Agreed, the fluted version doesn't show up very often. I bet I have an extra set of the lower pieces somewhere ..

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It's also known online as a "Criep Rider" seat pillar. You are missing the two chrome bottom brackets that grip the rail from below. They slide into the cylindrical posts on either side of the pillar head (your photo shows one of the posts).

This seat pillar is quite rare. I don't believe it was stock with the '77 America but I could be wrong. It was stock on my '77 Fuji Professional (purchased new in May '77, still going strong). It wasn't stock on the '76 America because I bought that bike new also.

Interestingly, it's not listed on the specs page or shown in the photos of the No. 7 edition Fuji catalog (1977). Perhaps this was an added touch to bikes marketed in the U.S.. Would anyone else know?

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