Wednesday, April 11, 2012

1985 Shogun 400

1985 Shogun 400 ten speed road bike bike we refurbished here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and Somerville , near Boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bicycles and offer professional bicycle repair services.

Shogun was a bicycle company who operated during the 80's and manufactured bikes in japan to be sold strictly in the US, similar to Takara, Univega and many others.
A classic sport touring bike with a mid size wheel base.While the head tube angle is similar to road bikes, the seat tube has a geometry of touring bikes. This is the 25" size, which is the largest frame size for Japanese bikes we seem to refurbish a lot of shoguns in that size, the last one was a fully customized shogun 300. The shogun 400 was a mid end bicycle which offered the Tange 900 double butted chromoly frame (the tubing has 2 widths) and the Shimano EZ action shifter and derailer systems, one of the best non indexed systems in my opinion. This specific shogun 400 was sold with the Japanese Belt brand seat, very similar to brooks and wright seats. The Sakae SX is also a great crank, very similar to the sugino cranks. The shogun 400 also featured the nicest 2 position (also called "safety") brake levers made by shimano with nice supple hoods and wide lower levers for comfortable grip, much nicer than the Weinman and Dia compe versions. This bike was made when shimano was starting to dominate the market. A year prior, the shogun 400 was equipped with shimano brakes and suntour shifting system and 2 years earlier it was fully equipped with Suntour compoents. By 1986 the market  has shifted to Shimano as the indexed shifting systems were introduced. This beautiful Shogun 400 was sold to a Tufts Student from Panama he came by with his family and we had a great conversation. Really nice guys. Other shoguns we refurbished and sold here









5 comments:

  1. hmmm..that looks bigger than 25", that's gotta be closer to 27"

    ..how much $?

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  2. yeah, 27, definitely - Shogun's are so-so

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    1. Hi the shogun 400 is 25" measured center to center

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  3. I bought a bike at a thrift store for $20, as is. It had a Shogun frame. Wonderin if it was worth it? I've since put new tubes and tires on her.

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