Never rode one with a Fuji I thought they did away with that mid 90's. I owned 2 500's a 99 and a 00. I was never disapointed in either of them as far as performance. I never raced them or anything like that but my brother had a 2000 XC 600 and there was almost no difference on the trail. I'm sure when it comes to top end speed thats where there difference is.