"Boldly go where no road has gone before"
If you need parts, service or information on your Fuji bike we'd be glad
to help. Bring it in to our shop so we can be sure you get the right
parts and accurate information. If you live too far away and can't bring
it in ~ please take it to your local bike dealer who should be able to
help you. One of the advantages of a Fuji bike is that the parts are
readily available almost anywhere!
affordable quality mountain bikes have a front suspension fork but not a
rear shock. This type of bike is called a “hardtail.” The front shock
gives you better control on a rough trail through the woods. They are
really essential for off road riders who enjoy the challenge and thrill
of racing to the bottom of a descent. Shocks also add comfort, if your
hands, arms or shoulders get sore or tired, a front shock will help. A
shock adds to the weight of a bike and may need maintenance to keep
working smoothly. If you don't ride off road you may not need the
advantages of a shock, consider a comfort bike. The best way to tell
what bike is right for you is to test ride several and see which feels
Fuji Mountain bike ~ fun without pavement!
suspension bike is like a front suspension bike on steroids. All its
strengths (and weaknesses) are increased. Full suspension is good for
smoothing the big hits and further increasing control on downhills, but
few full suspension bikes climb as well as a (cheaper, lighter, lower
maintenance) front suspension bike. There are many different rear
suspension designs; each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Long
travel is the ultimate, but generally the longer the travel, the worse
it will climb hills. Buy this type if you plan to take it up hills on a
ski lift or in a truck. Most newer full suspension designs substantially
reduce the poor climbing and weight penalties of cheaper outdated rear
suspensions. Test-riding before purchase is a good idea, particularly
with full suspension bikes.
We often have customers bring in department store full suspension bikes
for repair. These bikes are not only cheaply made and poorly assembled;
they are also complicated, hard to get parts for and extra heavy. If you
are going to buy a bike from a department store, avoid the rear
suspension bikes! Cheap full suspension bikes will pedal much harder,
weigh more and cost you more when they need repair.
Bikes - Don't let yours get away!
Mountain bikes mean knobby tires. Mountain bikes are made to go off the
beaten path. Knobby tires are great for this but on pavement, they are
extra slow, noisy and wear out quickly. If you plan to ride frequently
on the road consider semi knobbies, road tires or even slicks. These are
faster, quieter and last much longer on pavement. These tires are OK for
dirt roads and rail trails but don't offer much traction when the going
gets rough off pavement. Many MTB riders rarely if ever leave pavement.
If you plan to ride mostly on pavement I would suggest you test ride a
comfort or hybrid type bike instead of a mountain bike. If you really
plan to ride both on and off road consider getting a second pair of
wheels, one with knobby tires, one with road tires. If the wheels have
the same rims and hubs it will be easy to switch back and forth without
the hassle of re-adjusting the gears and brakes.
Expect to pay $389 and up for a casual use mountain bike. If you are
going to ride on trails you should be prepared to spend at least $539.
That will get you a strong frame, disc brakes and a front shock with a
lockout to make climbing easier. Weights will be between 30 and 35lbs.
An example of that would be a Fuji Nevada 1.7. Riders looking for their
next step up should look in the $1200 and up range. That will come with
a lighter aluminum frame, a shimano xt/deore parts group and a
rebuildable front shock. Weights should be in the 26 to 28lbs range. A
good example of that would be the Fuji Tahoe 27-5 1.5. Full suspension
bikes start around $2000 and come in many flavors. The two most common
are the "cross country" style with 4 inches (100mm) of travel and the
"all mountain" which has around 5 inches (125mm) of travel. Be aware
that the more complicated the bike, the more maintenance it needs. Each
type of bike is built for a particular type of riding. A quality bike is
good at the type of riding it was designed for. No bike is good at all
types of riding.
Fuji Mountain Bikes
Racing a Fuji MTB on a downhill trail.
We began selling
Fuji in 2004 to offer our customers more competitive values. Shop
around; (we did) I think you will agree Fuji offers great bikes at
prices that are hard to beat. Fuji builds bikes that are worth a test
Fuji USA does not allow their dealers to ship new
bikes to customers.
If you are too far from Alfred Station NY for you to
visit us for a test ride - please find a Fuji dealer in your area.
Because we cannot ship new Fuji bikes to US
customers we will not respond to emails asking us to ship a new
Fuji bikes to a US customer; it would be a waste of your time - and
Aaron rides his
Fuji in Gabon