Interestingly, the top searches for this blog relate to Shogun Bikes. Why? I presume because I’ve mentioned mine in several posts. So here goes… I picked up a relatively intact Shogun 500 about a year and a half ago at the local Salvation Army. I’d never had any sort of road bike before (I come from the BMX, then mountain bike world), but thought for the price ($27), why not give it a shot?
Turns out I liked it. A lot.
Here’s what I know about Shogun Bikes, or at least my Shogun 500: Shogun bikes were imported from Japan by Seattle Bike Supply. I know of Shogun mountain bikes, but can’t confirm if they’re from the same manufacturer or not. Searching via Google has turned up bikes from as early as the 60’s, but it looks like the brand was the most common in the early to late 80’s.
The components place my bike at 1982 or so, with the Deore “Touring Ensemble” stock (yes before Deore made the jump to btn bikes).
The Shogun 500 is made of Tange Champion #5. From what I can gather, Tange at that time (early 80’s) graded the CroMo tubing from #1 to #5, with #1 being the thinnest and lightest, as well as butted. #5 obviously, is the heaviest of the bunch, with straight gauge walls.
Digging around through Bike Forums is your best bet for further info on the brand.
As for my bike, while functional, most of the components were worn out at best, so I went about rebuilding it to suit my purposes. Rather than pure roadie, I set it up “Rivendell style”. More of a “do everything” bike that I could ride light dirt, longer road riding (did a two day, 160 mile tour last summer), commuting–you get the point.
Aside from the frame, headset, and brake calipers, I ended up replacing everything. Nixed the drops for the Nitto Mustache bars. Went with a Shimano LX drive train with bar-end shifters, Sugino XD2 triple cranks, and capped it off with a Brooks Flyer saddle. Also converted from 27″ to 700c with burly rims and Shimano XT hubs. Probably poured way too much money into it, but what can you do?
Maybe I’ll go with a fancier frame someday, but for now I can’t wait to get out on my next ride.
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