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Old 06-20-05, 04:24 PM
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should i buy it? fuji professional program3

my job at a bike shop is dangerous, because it tempts me to buy things that maybe i shouldn't.

one of my coworkers offered to sell me a frameset for $150.
4 or 5 year old Fuji Professional ProGram3, with a Kinesis carbon fiber fork and a shimano 600 headset.

it's light and has a nice tight geometry, much better than the wack superslackness of my current frame on my fixie. i really want this frame. but it's got vertical dropouts, and i can't afford an eccentric hub.

how good of a deal is this for me, all things considered? considering that i can't really put more money into it. considering that i'll have to put spare-parts stem and bars in, considering that i'd have to switch over the bottom bracket from my current, old, secondhand, assortment-of-old-parts fixie--a job that i have neither tools nor experience to do. not to mention chainline...

feedback? advice? discouragement?
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Old 06-20-05, 05:08 PM
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Assuming you like an Al frame and it's in good shape, never wrecked, etc, it's probably a good deal. But if you can't afford to build it up, that sort of defeats the purpose, eh?

Bringing in old parts ain't a big deal. It's not like they'll hurt the frame, just know that if you want to really take advantage of that slick ride, you'll have to put together a piece-by-piece upgrade plan.
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Old 06-20-05, 05:33 PM
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I'd say pass. It's a good deal if you're looking for a road frame to build a geared bike around, but not such a good deal if you're looking for something to run fixed.
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I wouldn't even think about it, beer-can frame, plastic fork, drop-outs. Not something I would fix or ride. Good price, but if you're looking for a nice conversion-candidate keep searching. Those ENO hubs aren't cheap, you could have a very nice real track hub for that price. That said, I ride a plastic fork right now and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I keep picturing myself hopping a curb at speed and realizing that my fork has shattered and I'm rapidly approaching the ground...
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Yeah, and Formula 1 cars fall apart if they accelerate over 100mph, right?
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the thing is, i feel like this is the kind of deal that i won't really get again, or at least any time soon...
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