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Good off the peg options for Japan

Old 05-20-09, 07:17 PM
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Good off the peg options for Japan

Well, the Fuji Comp is completely unattainable in Japan. Unless I buy from the states and have it shipped over or something them my only option is to wait for the 2010 models to ship...

so I am looking for a bike, I would like alu frame and carbon fork, but steel is nice.

So far I have got the Bianchi Pista Plus and the Masi Speciale Fixed ltd







That goes for about 90,000. The Masi is identical to the one sold in the US and is about the same price.



I had the regular Japanese Edition Bianchi Pista 2 years ago, it was ok, but it was very flexy, especially the fork. The plus has a different (maybe sturdier looking) fork. I asked in a shop if I can have a spin on it, but they only let me stand over it!!! it had no pedals and very low pressure in the tires so I could not even push down on the bars to see if it felt different.

I am happy to spend upto 120,000.

What other options do you know of for here?
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Old 05-20-09, 11:34 PM
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Don't know if you would be into it. But I recently picked up a Durcus One Master Track bikehttp://www.w-base.com/onlinestore/in...x&filter_id=17 at the WBase. Really stiff but it's heavy. It may weigh the same as the Bianchi though. 94,500 yen. It's aluminum with a steel fork. I imagine if I changed out the fork that would really save some weight but it feels solid and it is only my get around bike but I do train on it also. I will probably get a handmade steel frame in a month or so. The Durcus is really for bad weather and rainy season. I think I would worry too much about the insides of a keirin frame in this humidity and rain, even though I know that there is not much to worry about. I thought about the Fuji Comp and the Felt TK3 but I wanted something a little bit stronger. I've owned a fuji track pro. Fun, light and fast but would make a nice second bike in my opinion instead of your primary.
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Old 05-20-09, 11:35 PM
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Wow that color is hot.
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Old 05-20-09, 11:53 PM
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I'd fight with the bike shop to get a half-mile test ride. I've never bought a bike from a shop without a short ride first, but maybe it's different stateside.
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http://www.job-cycles.com/pages/gios-singlespeed.html

GIOS?
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Old 05-21-09, 06:50 AM
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I have tried many times at multiple shops. Even the actual Giant store. They have special days when you can ride one of 2 bikes they pick to ride around the car park. Last time I checked they were hybrid commuters, I guess they are trying to win people over from Mamacharis.

I looked at the Gios, but didn't like it, the fork doesn't look so stiff, and I want a stiff fork.

I ordered the Masi LTD this evening. F'king japanese online stores don't really say if it is in stock, some stuff is listed as not in stock, but every company I tried to buy the last bike from listed the 56 as in stock. But the next day email to say that they contacted the manufacturer and it is out of stock!!!

Surely they should keep stuff a stock??? if it is like this for the Masi, I guess i will have to go wih the Bianchi, which I hope is a bit stiffer due the the different fork (looks very similar to the Masi and Steamroller fork). But the Bianchi has a **** crankset for the money. The Masi at least has a Shimano Sugino (messenger 44t chainring though! I want 48).
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If you have a 120,000 to spend why not just build your own bike?
You can get something 10x better and save a lot of money.
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Old 05-21-09, 08:11 AM
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I did think about that, but my bmx is in the shop getting a new rear hub, and i sold my DH MTB, so I am bikeless.

Also, the Masi seems ok, the price is fine and it'll get me on the road quickly.

Although if this is not in stock then I might just build one up.
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Old 05-21-09, 08:34 AM
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Dood, you are in Japan, get a Panasonic.
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thats like saying...dude youre in japan...buy a honda
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Originally Posted by the_don View Post
I did think about that, but my bmx is in the shop getting a new rear hub, and i sold my DH MTB, so I am bikeless.

Also, the Masi seems ok, the price is fine and it'll get me on the road quickly.

Although if this is not in stock then I might just build one up.

You dont have a mama chari?
You have to get one to beat around on. Its required.
Pick one up for 10,000 easy.
Then at least you wont be footin it till your BMX is ready and you can build a nicer fixed gear for cheaper.
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