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Old 08-16-10, 06:33 PM
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Shogun 700 in the house

I picked up a Shogun 700 today and it is in fantastic condition, but don't know much about it. serial # M1E32995 if anyone can help with ID I would appreciate it. The bike rides like a dream though I've heard some say they are junk. I may have over paid but I really liked so I took a chance and bought it. Here are some pics.

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Old 08-16-10, 06:36 PM
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Old 08-16-10, 06:41 PM
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great looking bike. I love the pinstrip detail on the fork.
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Old 08-16-10, 06:51 PM
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Thanks....

I can't find any info on this bike at all. All the components are Shimano 600 the wheels are Araya and that's all I know, but it sure rides great.
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Cro-Mo frame and Shimano 600 Arabesque components? I think you did just fine.
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Old 08-16-10, 06:59 PM
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yeah. you probably didn't overpay.

check out the threads on polishing up your components, and your whip will look like new.
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I paid $150.00 for the bike but I do not have plans to sell it so I guess it's not too bad? Is there a place to find any info on these bikes? Oh, I have polished the chrome and any rusty spots came clean. I will post better pics when I finish.
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Shogun is one of those makes which seems to have been very successful but left very little footprint behind. We have a Shogun 400 mixte which has the same prominent 'Cr-Mo' sticker (in Cooper Bold font if I am not mistaken) as yours, also the pinstriping on the fork. C&V member T-Mar is a maven of all things bicycle and Japanese (apparently he has a trove of catalogs among other resources) and he dated that one to 1983, so it's safe to say that yours is from around then. Shoguns at the time had numbered models, so a 700 would have been probably an upper mid level bike.

Another Shogun mixte we've had came with its original manual, which listed Alpha Cycle in Seattle as the source to contact for repairs or parts, so presumably Alpha (still in business today) was the importer.

BTW I suspect your wheelset is a later addition and a nice upgrade; is it 700c?

$150 isn't the deal of the century but not a bad price at all for that bike. Clean the superficial rust off, polish up the frame and fork, and you will have people offering you more than that for it. (It could likely use a basic overhaul too, but that's not as easy to see.)
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Yes, the wheels are 700c
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Very nice.
My daughter's ride is a Cro-Mo 400. A shop in Orleans that sold Shoguns back in the day told us they had very nice paint and hand-detailed pinstriping.

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Looks like a nice deal to me. Put a B17 black saddle on there and tip the handlebars, and it will look even better. Well, that's what I think at least.
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Very nice. I think $150 is quite a nice price. I'd love to get my polishing hands on that Arabesque group. Yummy. Frame looks very nice too.

I agree with the previous poster, bars down and a little more period saddle and that'd be a winner. I especially love the in-your-face "Shogun" on the downtube. Don't have to go far to find out who made it
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Well, it's cleaning up really nice, and I think it is either a 1981 or 2.. the date codes on the Shimano components are FB. It took some messing with to get the stem out, but it finally came out with no damage. I think I'm going to outline all the lugs with red red paint and fill in the worn paint on the components but not sure how to do the fill in, any thoughts?
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Judging from the guy in this ad, the top tubes are really short.



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The top tube is no shorter than any other.........
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Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
Very nice. I think $150 is quite a nice price. I'd love to get my polishing hands on that Arabesque group. Yummy. Frame looks very nice too.

I agree with the previous poster, bars down and a little more period saddle and that'd be a winner. I especially love the in-your-face "Shogun" on the downtube. Don't have to go far to find out who made it
+1. A good deal, given the Arabesque group and the Tange butted frame. I sold a '300 model a while back and thought it was a very nice rider - You scored a bike here that I think you will truly enjoy.
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Hey... I assume you're on Cape Cod by your screen name...That's not a Merle's Bike Shop (out of Middleborough...sorta closeby) sticker on the seat tube is it? Can't make it out, but thought it looked kinda familiar and they sold Shogun back when I hung out/sorta worked there in the early 80's...???
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Hey... I assume you're on Cape Cod by your screen name...That's not a Merle's Bike Shop (out of Middleborough...sorta closeby) sticker on the seat tube is it? Can't make it out, but thought it looked kinda familiar and they sold Shogun back when I hung out/sorta worked there in the early 80's...???

Mark, you have a very good eye..... The bike is infact from Merle's in Middleboro.
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Cool...Brings back memories. I went back and forth between a Shogun and a Ross (also 600 Arabesque) before settling on the Ross...probably because the Ross cost less and was a fetching taupe (hell, it was the 80's), not sure though.

Enjoy...

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Mark, you have a very good eye..... The bike is infact from Merle's in Middleboro.
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