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jamesdak 12-10-2017 11:39 AM

1985 Fuji Opus III - The Real Beauty of my Collection
 
I think this is my nicest looking bike, a classic look. It's also a very sweet rider as the Suntour Superbe Pro stuff works so well. Sexy to use! ;)

http://www.pbase.com/jhuddle/image/166251707.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/jhuddle/image/164053448.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/jhuddle/image/164053454.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/jhuddle/image/164053438.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/jhuddle/image/164053435.jpg

Probably not to everyone's liking here but I find so much to love from each of my bikes, new or old.

mhespenheide 12-10-2017 12:38 PM

Bring that beauty out to Eroica California!

C40_guy 12-14-2017 12:26 PM

Beautiful bike!
 
The higher end Fujis were great bikes, beautifully made, good riding. Almost nobody knows about them...

Tickdoc 12-14-2017 12:27 PM

oof, that was my first group and a damn fine one. thanks for the memories.

wallymann 12-14-2017 01:54 PM

pure class
 
those mid 80s fujis were great bikes! club, team, professional, ops3. love them all!

Villgaxx 12-14-2017 02:58 PM

that

is

wicked

cool

jamesdak 12-14-2017 05:33 PM

The pics fail to capture well the metal flake in the paint. It is so beautiful out on the road in the sun. I catch myself looking down and admiring the paint instead of watching where I'm going sometimes, LOL!

http://www.pbase.com/jhuddle/image/164053456.jpg

wallymann 12-15-2017 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamesdak (Post 2279320)
The pics fail to capture well the metal flake in the paint. It is so beautiful out on the road in the sun. I catch myself looking down and admiring the paint instead of watching where I'm going sometimes, LOL!

http://www.pbase.com/jhuddle/image/164053456.jpg

i love "lugged" bosses. proper.

jamesdak 11-23-2020 05:57 PM

Updated pics:

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931177.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931178.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931179.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931180.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931181.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931182.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931183.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931184.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931185.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931186.jpg

I keep saying I need to remove this reflector mount but it seems like I'm always using it to hang stuff off of for a ride. One day...

jamesdak 11-23-2020 06:00 PM

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931195.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931187.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931188.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931189.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931190.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931191.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931192.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931193.jpg

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/167931194.jpg

old_fat_and_slow 11-23-2020 07:19 PM

D@mn sexy bike and build !!!!!!!!! That metal flake paint !!:eek:

Any reason for running the saddle nose up higher than the rest of the saddle?

jamesdak 11-23-2020 07:37 PM

Good catch. If I remember correctly I shot these pictures after making some changes to the bike and still had that saddle too much nose high. I just looked at it now and it's not that high although it is still higher in the nose than the rear. A lot of the leather saddles like this are more comfortable nose high vs level. The way they give a bit will usually have you leaning forward with too much weight on your hands when level.

I just snapped this. Second bike in, see not to bad.

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/171236580.jpg

MoparPorsche 11-23-2020 08:26 PM

I remember those days, beautiful bike!!!

flying 11-24-2020 11:56 AM

Really Nice! ;)

I agree Fuji made some great bikes!

There is a book Called Japanese Steel: Classic Bicycle Design from Japan
that came out in 2018 I have wanted to get

https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Stee.../dp/0847861708

slambers3 11-24-2020 04:30 PM

I had one of these and truly wish I could have it back. Sold it to a fellow when I was in college, tried to track it down but he had parted it out.

MoparPorsche 11-24-2020 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slambers3 (Post 2835203)
I had one of these and truly wish I could have it back. Sold it to a fellow when I was in college, tried to track it down but he had parted it out.

I have similar story had one in college kept it for almost 10 years after that gave it to my brother-in-law who didn't ride it much at all over many years. Last year I ask him for the bike back and he told me he just sold it a month before. SMH

velomateo 11-25-2020 06:00 AM

1985 Fuji Opus III - The Real Beauty of my Collection
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jamesdak (Post 2834722)



Man, you have some hard choices to make when you get dressed for a ride

jamesdak 11-25-2020 02:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by velomateo (Post 2835455)
Man, you have some hard choices to make when you get dressed for a ride

Yep, sometimes it's like browsing NETFLIX to decide what to watch. Takes me 30 minutes to decide, LOL!

jamesdak 01-10-2021 01:23 PM

Upgrading the Opus with some sweet Superbe hubbed shiny silver tubular rims. New Veloflex Roubaix 700 x 25 tubulars.

https://pbase.com/jhuddle/image/171333734.jpg

10speedcognitio 01-11-2021 09:12 PM

1985 Fuji Opus III - The Real Beauty of my Collection
 
Bokeh-licious photos. Dreamy build. Rather hard to fault any of what’s going on here.

Just noticed after looking again how short the chainstays are. How’s it ride? Looks like it would be rather responsive and agile. So good.

thunderworks 01-15-2021 04:09 PM

This thread brings back memories . . . First really good bike I bought was a 1973 Fuji Finest. In 1974 I started a small bike shop in Iowa and sold Fuji bikes almost continuously until I sold my store in 1994 (we'd moved to Kansas in the late 1970's).

In the mid-1980's, Fuji really was one of the finest production bike companies importing bikes into the US. At that time, the US dollar was really strong against the YEN, and probably peaked in 1985 and 1986. You could get really fabulous production bikes from Japan (Fuji and Miyata in particular) at that time. By 1987 though, it was all beginning to change. Production shifted to Taiwan and quality tanked. Now of course, Taiwan factories make nice bikes, but that wasn't the case in 1987.

Sorry to ramble . . . This Opus was the pinnacle of the Fuji world. Beautiful bike.

duff_duffy 01-15-2021 04:20 PM

That’s a stunner. A bit older than I normally look at but this caused me to add a new search agent to my eBay and CL accounts. The crankset is nice, some of the modern designers should revisit the drawing board after looking at this!


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