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1972 Fuji Finest

I owned one of these fine machines 30 some years ago.It was rough in appearance and pretty much a basket case.It had been stripped to it's bare completely chromed frame and I sold it to a racing companion. In the early 70's this was one of the first if not The first competition grade Japanese bike to enter the market and quickly earned a place in many an early road race here in the East. I had always hoped a finer example would cross my path and recently Craigslist revealed this bike offered within the junk at a yard sale.The son in law of the original owner was happy just to get rid of the thing.He claimed the bike wasn't ridden since 82 or so and was hung up right after POP had it re-spaced for six speed and added the bar end shifters. A 30 year coating of sappy saw dust protected the finish like new as it hung inside the owners wood shop waiting for me to rescue it.

Frame:
62 CM Fuji DB Chrome Moly,White panels over complete chrome plating

Fork/Headset:
Fuji chrome moly / Tange?

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
171mm Sugino Mighty Compe / Sugino MW-68

Pedals:
Nashbar Look like

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
13 x 23 7 speed / 42 x 52 / SRAM

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Suntour Cyclone / GT version rear / Suntour Power Ratchet Bar Ends

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto 42 CM / 3TTT 84 record 140 MM

Saddle/Seatpost:
Viscount Comfy yet Cheap

Brakes:
Shimano Dura Ace with homemade tire guides

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Shimano Dura Ace / Mavic Module E2 / Vittoria Zaffiro 700 x 23

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Shimano Dura Ace / Mavic Module E2 / Vittoria Zaffiro 700 x 23

Accessories:
"Step Down" modified handlebar bottle mounts

More Info:
Unique reflective F Racing decals still in great shape

Added by Velogarden. Last updated 5 months ago.

7 Comments

doc

doc says:

SHE IS ATRUE TIME CAPSULE 2 THUMBS UP

Posted 6 months ago

Velogarden

Velogarden says:

Thank You,
In the day ( around these parts anyway) The Finest was an early go to ride if you were serious about going fast. It was the best Fuji had to offer at the time and it's still a damn good ride.

Posted 6 months ago

greg3rd48

greg3rd48 says:

Gorgeous!

Posted over 2 years ago

OldRoadieTehachapi

OldRoadieTehachapi says:

I remember these from when they were new; one of the first true top of the line bicycles from Japan. You have an excellent example!

Posted about 3 years ago

Velogarden

Velogarden says:

Thanks,
I have since replaced the bar ends with the down tube versions of Suntour's power shifters. Less clutter up front and a bit more precise shifting. It gets a lot of attention from the black bike crowd.

Posted about 3 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

dang, nice come up VG!

Posted over 6 years ago

sloman

sloman says:

Great score. Fine frames and this one is tastefully updated. Enjoy

Posted almost 7 years ago