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1978 Fuji Finest MkII

Bike tags: Road bike | 1978 | 58cm | cromoly | Davis | more tags >>
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Ishiwata tubeset drawn for Fuji / 58cm / 1978

42cm Nitto B115 / 120mm Nitto Technomic Deluxe

Fuji / Tange

4x / 36h Ukai 700x25c / Sansin / 23c Panaracer Pasela

4x / 36h Ukai 700x25c / Sansin / 23c Panaracer Pasela

170mm Sugino Super Mighty / 113mm Sugino Mighty

Fujita Conpy / 26.8 SR Custom 2-bolt

MKS Sylvan Road / Izumi Click Index Chain

Suntour Superbe

Dia-Compe G

14-21 Suntour Pro Compe / 52-42 Sugino / Nitto Tour botle cage

All Japanese! minus cables/housing, tubes, and cloth tape (oh god dont make me retape the cloth again with Viva tape)

Very close to original spec, with improvements where I saw fit (Superbe shifters + derailers, Fujita Professional Super leather saddle, etc). I don't ride it enough, but damn does it make good wall art. I'm probably a bit young to be thinking things like that...

Switched up saddles with the Track and uncrimped the seat tube to put in a properly sized 26.8 post. Alas, it is a mediocre SR post that will need eventual replacement with a 26.8 Sugino Mighty unit.

This bike rides wonderfully and is far from a wet noode, even in comparison to my Pinarello. The biggest problem is the square taper crankset/bottom bracket (and perhaps steel bottom bracket shell). that shit flexes like a mofugga. Apologies for the iphone photos

People who friended this bike Velogarden, M0THER, cannonhugodale, mastronaut, Nishiki Rode Ride, KHatfull, abstrait, parkman14, horsus prudentus, campystamp, rodentfield, lov2biks, A-ko, jonmf, Jim, quixoticle, moik, per.k, bdawe, Mancha150

Cool frame..

Hey, love the horse!! Cool frame and Fuji made some nice rides at their top end. Still have to side with the stock alum big chainring along with lowering that stem a bit, even if it's not Sheldon Approved. Gets you down low for battling the winds and just looks so much more the part. Maybe some Shimano PD-7401. Regardless, you're amassing a nice collection of rides that equal fun for you. Enjoy watching you find things that make you excited. Makes me smile every time. Have fun with those beasts.

- kh

thank you abstrait

I'm with you on the crankset and stem... in fact I recently swapped the bars/stem over to a Fuji panto-ed Nitto Pearl and B115 bars that I can lower a bit more. The lugged stem, as pretty as it was, distracted the eyes a bit too much. Love the simpler look, though the lowered Pearl stem in 110mm makes the bike feel very small. I've been dabbling in larger frame sizes with an older fit style; one 58cm c-c square, another 61c-t with a 57cm top tube (and a friend's bike that's 60 c-c wih a 56.5 top tube... really do have a fistful of post on that one!). I measured the top tube of this Finest and realized it was only 55cm... makes me wish I had hopped on the 61cm version of this frame on eBay a few months ago. I might be able to lengthen the reach a little by moving around the lever placement and bar angle... we will see. What I wouldn't give for a FUJI Pearl in 120 or 130mm... shame I've never seen another one. I feel a little silly since after a year and change of working on it (got the correct 26.6 Sugino Mighty 2-bolt post recently), I decide it's too small. New pics soon at any rate though.

Oh and I've been feeling the want for the original crankset and chainrings as well, ha. I think there is a set on eBay currently but I'm not sure I will bid as I am exquisitely financially destitute at the moment. One day....

well thanks for the thoughtful comment, and for the opportunity to rant!

I'm a fan!

I'm a big fan of old Fujis like this one. The money went into quality, not the name or looks, even though it is quite pretty.
The stem in the pictures is already quite low compared to the saddle. I would definitely want a larger frame if I were you, although then again I can't deal with too much drop on any of my bikes.
The black drilled chainrings look bomb up close, but if you care about how it looks as a whole, I'd have to go with the stock picture. A black crankset or chainrings might look better with a different color frame.

You have an impressive collection up with interesting info. Thanks for checking out my stable too!


Sir, I bet that rides like buttah! Beautiful!

Thanks buddy

your Fuji fleet is without compare.


Finest Finest I have seen. Beauty.

Nice photography!

Especially that first capture...

Thanks mastro!


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