1979 Fuji S12-S LTD

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bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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I am so fond of classic Japanese steel that it is hard to resist the occasional rescue. Brought this home from CL last week and just finished detailing it. It came with the owner's manual, no rust, no dents, no road rash, ridden lightly and kept inside. One owner and bought by the seller (non-rider) four months ago to flip. I found the correct wheel reflectors in my stash yesterday evening so those will be added soon.

New brake cables and housing, water bottle cage, new Velox cloth tape and Cane Creek hoods were added (it was was found with turkey wings, thick brown Grab-Ons, and a Mirrycle). The Fuji Belt saddle was found on the bike and not spec in the catalog but it is period correct and a nice upgrade. Everything else (except the newer Vittoria tires) seems catalog correct.

More pics here.
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
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Very nice and very tall bike - 26" or 27"?
Even the top tube is long.
Also looks like it has fender room.
Thanks for removing the grab-ons.
 
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Mr.RED

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 17, 2017
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Great score and sweet looking bike I am also huge fan of vintage Japanese bikes and older Fujis like this one are up there. Its also nice to see your sporting a Japanese made Belt leather saddle fits the bike perfect.
 
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bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
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Very nice and very tall bike - 26" or 27"?
Even the top tube is long.
Also looks like it has fender room.
Thanks for removing the grab-ons.
25"

I used to ride a 25" Raleigh Grand Prix back in this time period and our shop was a Fuji dealership as well. Although I test rode it i
point the nose of that saddle up a bit, and it will be a lot more comfortable.

Yes...it is a bit jaunty...always in a hurry to do glamour shots:sunglasses:
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
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as long as it fits, but it sure looks like taller to me, and I know Fuji offered 26", just could just be the parallax on the photo.
This is 25-1/2" Raleigh, and you can sure see the shorter top tube here, which is what I like. I'm 6'3", all limbs, and Carlton geometry fits me like a glove.
(this was shot to be low parallax, almost infinite perspective)
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24-1/2" Raleigh, which i'm a lot more used to now - it has the same top tube length and chainstay length my frame just above, and a just slightly longer wheelbase, mostly in the fork trail.
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juvela

Finally riding a big boys bike
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The cycle's Sanshin Matsumoto hubs have an odd flange height of 46mm front and 48mm rear.

They are sort of a largish small flange although categorized by Sutherland's as a mid flange.

This dimension must be taken into account for wheelbuilders calculating spoke length.

1979 was the first year for Fuji's employment of 6V blocks for the full range of models.

AFAIK they were the first maker of production cycles to execute the change.

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bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
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The cycle's Sanshin Matsumoto hubs have an odd flange height of 46mm front and 48mm rear.

They are sort of a largish small flange although categorized by Sutherland's as a mid flange.

This dimension must be taken into account for wheelbuilders calculating spoke length.

1979 was the first year for Fuji's employment of 6V blocks for the full range of models.

AFAIK they were the first maker of production cycles to execute the change.

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The hubs on this one are marked Sunshine (aka Sanshin) Gyromasters with sealed cartridge bearings.

Here is a small of album on the bike.
 
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bikemonkey

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 25, 2016
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North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
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as long as it fits, but it sure looks like taller to me, and I know Fuji offered 26", just could just be the parallax on the photo.
This is 25-1/2" Raleigh, and you can sure see the shorter top tube here, which is what I like. I'm 6'3", all limbs, and Carlton geometry fits me like a glove.
(this was shot to be low parallax, almost infinite perspective)
View attachment 851718

24-1/2" Raleigh, which i'm a lot more used to now - it has the same top tube length and chainstay length my frame just above, and a just slightly longer wheelbase, mostly in the fork trail.
View attachment 851719
Beautiful cycles - I always enjoy looking at your fine herd.

My Fuji frame measures from the lip of seat lug to center of spindle as 25" dead on.
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
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Beautiful cycles - I always enjoy looking at your fine herd.

My Fuji frame measures from the lip of seat lug to center of spindle as 25" dead on.
thanks - I noticed on Harpo's recent post of catalog pages, they offered 26" and 27" frames
of course I believe your measurement, but even in your latest photo it looks taller - maybe its an effect of the paint.
 
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