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Bike choice: Fuji touring or Marinoni Turismo

Old 04-23-16, 11:37 AM
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Bike choice: Fuji touring or Marinoni Turismo

Hi there,

After a lot of research into bike options, I've come down to a couple of choices, and would like the expertise of the forum on this one. I am 6'7" with a 40 inch inseam, and some online fit calculators have suggested a seat tube of about 68cm with an ETT of about 60, so finding a touring bike that fits me is a challenge (check this thread for the details). I'm also trying to keep costs down, but I recognize that going custom would be ideal. After lots of research into brands and sizing, I sort of see a couple options at this point:

-Spring to go custom: in this case, the Marinoni Turismo is my top option - only $200 more for custom geometry and it looks like a nice bike. But the cost is hard to swallow - starting at $2500 CAD plus tax for the complete bike with custom geometry, and then the extra $$$ for travelling gear (which I don't have), and potentially a saddle, pedals, longer cranks, etc.

-Stick with stock: in this case, it looks like either the Fuji Touring or the Windsor Tourist are the bikes for me. Affordable and not bad geometry, although not perfect either, and would leave me enough $$$ left over to feel better about gear and customization. Then again, if I get one of these, am I just gonna feel fed up with it in 5 years and be right back in the same situation? (By the way, is there any reason not to get the tourist and save $$$ on this one?)

So there's the choice: $2500 for custom or (approx.) $1000-$1500 for stock. Custom would fit but is expensive, stock might not fit great but maybe I could adapt? Opinions, thoughts, etc. are welcome. Thanks!
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Old 04-28-16, 09:26 AM
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Obviously a tough choice, since nobody's bit on trying to answer your question. So here's my take:

Fuji does have dealers, although there's not too many and they don't all have the Touring in stock. But if you're looking to spend up to $2500 (CAD), it's probably worth calling all their dealers within a day's drive to see if you can find one in your size to try out. Test ride the bike. If you like it, buy it. If you don't, you just invested a day to find out you need to go custom.

Couple more notes. Spring is the time to buy a touring bike; by June they'll all be gone until next year. Also, if you do go custom, work carefully with the builder to make sure you get one that fits you. You'll share joint responsibility with the builder for getting a well-fitted bike.
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@ 6'7" you getting a Poorly fitted but cheaper Mass Produced Imported Bike that will probably be too small ..

Versus a Made to fit your rather rare body size proportion ...

and getting a bike that fits you and You can Keep for the rest of Your life..

does that seem a difficult choice ?

You can Outfit the hand made frame with lower cost but entirely serviceable components and maybe save a couple hundred Loonies..

and as they wear , buy different components..

easy for me to say in the fat part of the distribution bell curve, Medium sized guy at 5'9"

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Old 04-28-16, 11:46 AM
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68cm sounds right for a level top tube traditional frame, but many modern bikes have sloping top tubes, and you can't go by seat tube length. Basically, they are fitted according to effective top tube length. What top tube length are the calculators telling you?

At your size, I'd strongly recommend going with OS tubing if you get a traditional steel frame.

Have you looked at the new Cannondale touring bikes? They have one in a 61 but with a very sloped geometry, IOW effectively pretty close to your size. Price will be in between custom and a stock Fuji.

Also, Bob Jackson world tour frames aren't too expensive even in custom.
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Thanks all, ya I think it's a hard question because the fit of the Fuji is unclear. I tried the XXL Fuji Touring the other day, and we still had to raise the saddle and steerer a bunch to get it to fit. At that point the ETT didn't feel long enough, so I am leaning towards the Turismo. Unfortunately the staff at the LBS weren't so helpful with fit, which makes it harder to have confidence in your purchase, yknow? Anyways, at this point I'm thinking the custom investment is the right one as fietsbob said, but still mulling it over while my Marinoni dealer gets back to me about potential full costs.
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To me this is a no brainer; you need a custom bike. Nothing off the rack is going to fit someone as big as you.
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Fuji's website is confusing & possibly incorrect since it lists the Touring as having equal seat tube & "effective" seat tube lengths. I'm guessing a bit about the Fuji's actual "effective" height but if I extrapolate my height/inseam/seat-tube the big Fuji doesn't seem quite tall enough for 6'7". Long seat posts are fairly accepted but long stem might detract from handling. I'd go custom if possible or at least get a pro fitting to judge better.
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan
Fuji's website is confusing & possibly incorrect since it lists the Touring as having equal seat tube & "effective" seat tube lengths.
Yeah I noticed that. Either the real seat tube or effective seat tube length must be wrong. They aren't the same. I'd make a rough guestimate that the effective should be 6cm or so more than the real. Maybe because the stem is slammed and sticking out straight with no rise, they are calling them the same, as a quill stem would normally rise a couple inches before going out.

Who know what Fuji is thinking, but if it didn't feel right on a test ride, at 6'7" probably the best approach is to suck it up and go with a custom.

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