Please accept this submission to the "current classics" section
is my 1985 Shogun 2000. Shogun was a small importer of Japan- built
bicycles, with a distribution channel focused mainly in the Northeast
US. This was Shogun's loaded touring model with long wheelbase,
relaxed angles and a full complement of braze-ons for racks, fenders
and bottle cages. I purchased the complete bike from an eBay auction
in September, 2009. The original dark blue metallic paint was in
generally rough condition, but mechanically the bike appeared to
have had very few miles of use. The component set was in surprisingly
good condition and largely top of the line. I was also surprised
at the build quality of the frameset itself: the lug brazing and
attention to manufacturing detail rank as fine as any bike I've
seen. My intent was to build it up as a touring bike in the spirit
of the classic French Randonneurs. After having the frameset powdercoated
by Long Beach Custom Fabrication of Plymouth, MA and hand- painting
the lug details, I built it up using the original wheelset and much
of the original component set.
Tange 2 seamless double-butted chromoly main tubes, Tange 5 chromoly
fork and stays. Forged dropouts.
72 degree seat tube angle, 58cm seat tube c-t, 55cm top tube c-c,
Tiger powdercoat, RAL6034
Araya 16A (27 x 1-1/4") rims, 40H rear, 36H front. Suzue sealed
bearing hubs. Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 27 x 1-1/4" tires.
Bottom bracket: Shimano UN54 sealed cartridge.
Crankset: Takagi AR-T triple (50/45/30, aka "half-step plus granny
gear"), 170mm cranks arms. MKS sylvan pedals.
Freewheel: Shimano 600 (MF-6208) 6-speed, 14-32.
Front/rear derailleurs: Shimano Deore XT (FD-M700/RD-M700, aka "Deer
head"). Suntour Barcon shifters.
Brakes: Shimano Deore XT (BR-MC70) cantilevers w/original pads.
Shimano 600 levers w/original hoods.
Saddle: 1973 Brooks Professional. Sugino SP-K seatpost, 26.8mm.
Stem/bars: Nitto Technomic. Nitto B135 Grand Randonneur, 45cm. Tressostar
bar tape, brown.
Headset: Tange, sealed
Honjo 43mm hammered fenders, Nitto M12 front rack, MKS toe clips
w/generic straps, Velo-Orange bottle cage, VO braided stainless
steel shifter/brake cabling.
weight as shown with fenders, rack and Brooks saddle is 26lb.