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Old 09-23-14, 04:59 AM
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Fuji Regis?

A neighbor was tossing a Fuji Regis yesterday so with his permission I took it home. It looks to be low-ish end, turkey levers, dork disk, solid axles. But some of the parts might be worth keeping, Suntour AR derailleurs, a Nitto stem, an alloy Sugino crank with steel(?) rings. The frame is small. It felt small like it had 26" wheels but I didn't have time to examine them at all. The frame proudly displayed a sticker "VALite tubing". I imagine that's sort of like "TufStuf" or LiteWait" or "SuperTru".

Anyone care to comment on what a Regis was meant to be? I'm expecting to toss most of it myself after I've pulled the good stuff off.
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Old 09-23-14, 09:24 AM
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I had one for a while. Definitely a low/mid range bike but not total crap. The VaLite is a Vanadium/Molybdenum tubing steel that Fuji used extensively, it's not bad, much nicer than high tensile steel. The frame itself is, in my opinion, nicer than the parts that Fuji hung on it.

Mine came as yours did - 27 inch steel rimmed wheels with solid axles - and at one point I had it outfitted with nicer components - aluminum wheels and Suntour Cyclone II and Sprint and it rode very nicely.
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I should add that the dearth of braze-ons, horizontal dropouts, and lack of RD hangar might make this frame appealing to the SS/Fixed crowd - so if you've got no use for the frame you could pass it along to one of them.
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Ditto on the tubing. Fuji used a lot of it, and it's not bad stuff.
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Looks like Fuji only made the Regis in 1985 and 1986, according to the catalogs.

https://www.classicfuji.com/Regis_1985_Page.htm
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I finally got around to taking the Regis apart. It was a good day because the seatpost came right out, the stem came right out, the crank arms came off the spindle easily, the BB came out (I didn't remove the fixed cup), the FW came off the rear hub with no special effort. The DS crank arm is integral to the large steel ring, and both rings are too rusty to be worth salvaging. The BB and HS were in good shape. The derailleurs are Suntour AR, the brakes Dia Compe sidepulls with turkey levers, all in great shape. The stem is an alloy Nitto, the bar a steel Nitto. The front hub is QR but the rear solid axle, both Sanshin. The rims have no label at all but are 27" alloy, the rear slightly skewed but will probably true up. The FW is a 5-speed Suntour Perfect, 14-28, needing internal servicing. (Calling Pastor Bob!) I could have used that FW on my Peugeot a few weeks ago. The frame itself is in good condition.

Now I'm thinking about what to do with it. I could put the frame with fork, seatpost and saddle, HD, and BB up on CL. I'd be tempted to keep the derailleurs, FW, brakes. If someone wants to build a fixie they'd just pull that stuff right off anyway.

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I trash picked one of those in a really small size, mostly complete, many years ago when walking my dog. I remember it having steel rims, so I harvested the cones and such along with the BB and HS parts which went into various bikes. As with your example, I found that the crank didn't handle the weather as well as the rest of the parts.

The frame is probably still stuffed in the attic of my parents' garage. I may bring the derailleurs back to Sweden with me when I return after the holidays.
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