Considering it comes down to preference, does anyone have any thoughts on which bike is better?
Not sure what to buy.
Don't be a slave to brand. Figure out your price range. Fuji can run from $600 to $10k, depending on the build, so brand name alone won't tell you much. If both are in your price range, assuming similar component sets, go with fit then go with looks. A super duberly awesome bike ain't so awesome if it doesn't fit you.
If you are with the NTP program, it might pay dividends to wait a little bit. They'll have clinics on how to pick a bike and they'll hook you up with non-trivial discounts
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I'll put this another way. A BMW M12 costs $1 million plus. BMW 1 series are used as taxicabs over in Europe ... so what's better, a BMW or a Ford? Well, it depends on the model doesn't it? Same logic applies to bikes. You just can't compare brand name. You have to look at model, options, and etc.
Go see Smiley - master bike fitter - he'll give you a bike fit (of course charge you), then tell you what models are best for your "frame" - then you go back and he fits your bike.
No bike store fits the bike when you buy it - or else it is an extra charge anyway.
Search for Smiley's contact info on the forum site.
I am actually considering seeing Smiley to re-fit my custom made bike - I think it (or I) need a few more tweaks. - or else I just need new knees.
I just bought a new tri-bike and, depending on what size you're looking for, I have a fairly new Fuji with only 1000 miles on it that I'm looking to sell. It's a full carbon frame.