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Old 02-10-19, 08:52 PM
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Thoughts on this Fuji

Hey Everyone,

Just pulled the trigger to buy this used bike. I have tried to do as much research as possible before, but I am still very new to this. So wanted to get your thoughts on this custom bike I bought for $900:

Here are the specs

2012 Fuji Altamira Special Edition
Frame Fork Fuji Carbon Fiber
Brakes SRAM Red, Caliper - Side Pull
Shifters SRAM Red, Mechanical
Front Derailleur SRAM Red
Rear Derailleur SRAM Red
Crankset SRAM Red, 53/39t, 172.5 mm
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6700, 10spd, 11-28t
Chain SRAM PC1091R
Handlebar Carbon, 38 cm
Headset Integrated
Stem 31.8 mm x 90mm, 6
Seatpost Zipp Service Course SL, 31.6mm
Saddle COBB SHC
Wheelset Shimano R500, Shimano
Front Tire Vittoria Zaffiro, 700C x 23C
Rear Tire Vittoria Zaffiro, 700C x 23C

Thanks and much appreciated!

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Old 02-11-19, 08:12 AM
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Any thoughts from the members here? Or am I posting this in the wrong place on the forums?
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Originally Posted by billy_buddha View Post
Hey Everyone,

Just pulled the trigger to buy this used bike. I have tried to do as much research as possible before, but I am still very new to this. So wanted to get your thoughts on this custom bike I bought for $900:

Here are the specs

2012 Fuji Altamira Special Edition
Frame Fork Fuji Carbon Fiber
Brakes SRAM Red, Caliper - Side Pull
Shifters SRAM Red, Mechanical
Front Derailleur SRAM Red
Rear Derailleur SRAM Red
Crankset SRAM Red, 53/39t, 172.5 mm
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6700, 10spd, 11-28t
Chain SRAM PC1091R
Handlebar Carbon, 38 cm
Headset Integrated
Stem 31.8 mm x 90mm, 6
Seatpost Zipp Service Course SL, 31.6mm
Saddle COBB SHC
Wheelset Shimano R500, Shimano
Front Tire Vittoria Zaffiro, 700C x 23C
Rear Tire Vittoria Zaffiro, 700C x 23C

Thanks and much appreciated!
sounds to me like you got a pretty good deal, now go enjoy it
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I would have prioritized 11 speed personally, but at that price point even that's hard to come buy, seems pretty good to me.
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Originally Posted by billy_buddha View Post
Hey Everyone,
Just pulled the trigger to buy this used bike. I have tried to do as much research as possible before, but I am still very new to this. So wanted to get your thoughts on this custom bike I bought for $900!
if it fits and is in good cosmetic and mechanical condition- then neato.

if it doesnt fit- then it's a terrible buy.

if it's in Terrie cosmetic and mechanical condition and requires hundreds in repair- then perhaps not a great buy.


who knows this but you.
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Thanks for the input everyone. Definitely agreed with your point mstateglfr.

I bought the bike online and did all the measurements beforehand. Obviously, in person is always different. The hi-def pictures showed that it was in good condition and also it was recently serviced by a mechanic. So hopefully everything checks out.

I'll definitely update everyone once it comes in. My next step is to figure out the pedals. I have narrowed it down to Shimano, Speedplayl, and Time. Any strong preference on this forum?
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Again, some illogical portion of my brain has to wonder, "Why wouldn't a person ask for advice on value Before making the purchase?"
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Again, some illogical portion of my brain has to wonder, "Why wouldn't a person ask for advice on value Before making the purchase?"
you mean the logical portion of your brain? but yes, OP more looking for validation then advice at this point

Overall I guess it's a good deal depending on where OP lives. Where I live that's what I would expect to pay for that type of package. I would rather have more modern stuff like 11 speed, internal routing etc. I would prefer compact or semi compact cranks. I would like lighter wheels. But that's me. If everything is in great condition then it's probably a very good deal. I'd imagine it's around 16-16.5 lb and with lighter wheels could easily be a 15 lb bike for $900

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Again, some illogical portion of my brain has to wonder, "Why wouldn't a person ask for advice on value Before making the purchase?"
Very good point. The thought process was I have been doing my research for a while now and haven't pulled the trigger. I saw this bike and thought it was a good deal so I pulled the trigger not wanting it to lose out on it.

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Is the fork made of exploding carbon fiber, or non exploding?
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you mean the logical portion of your brain? but yes, OP more looking for validation then advice at this point

Overall I guess it's a good deal depending on where OP lives. Where I live that's what I would expect to pay for that type of package. I would rather have more modern stuff like 11 speed, internal routing etc. I would prefer compact or semi compact cranks. I would like lighter wheels. But that's me. If everything is in great condition then it's probably a very good deal. I'd imagine it's around 16-16.5 lb and with lighter wheels could easily be a 15 lb bike for $900
Wow, you are right on the moneys. Its around 16.4 pounds.
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I'd say it's decent value if it's in the good condition you think it is. SRAM Red, even the older versions of it, is still top-of-the-line stuff and for $900, that's pretty good. $900 new gets you Tiagra these days, and I'm pretty sure I'd take 2012 Red over Tiagra.

Granted, it's probably got the external cable routing and other misc things that didn't become popular until 2014/15, but hey, that means easier maintenance for you. As a first road bike, definitely a respectable machine. Ultimately, if you get really into cycling, you'll probably buy a newer and better bike and relegate that one to trainer duty.
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Old 02-20-19, 07:33 AM
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Thanks for all the input. Looking back, probably would of been best to ask first. A follow-up question for everyone: What should I look to upgrade immediately or in the near future? I am assuming the wheels?

PS: Also just picked up the Shimano 105 R7000 pedals!
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I would recommend first riding it and seeing what feels like it could a refresher. Could be that the handlebar's shape doesn't fit you? Or the gears aren't quite right?

Try it out for a few weeks or even a month and then see. Wheels are always a great place to start but they're also one of the most expensive places.
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