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shogun TT bike(8 posts)

shogun TT bikespeedchump
Apr 17, 2001 11:40 AM
Hello all.
A guy at work here has a Shogun TT bike for sale for $150. That's almost worth it just to not have to swap aero bars off and on my S-Works. My question... what about that crazy 24" front wheel? Is this some kind of archaic technology? Am I showing my lack of years behind the bars by asking? Are tires available for the thing?

Most of the components are Shimano 600, w/ an Araya disc wheel (6 -spd), down tube shifters. What do you guys think? Is this thing worth having, or am I just being struck by the bike purchasing bug?

Thanks in advance.
I have a ShogunTTDave Hickey
Apr 17, 2001 11:53 AM
For the price, I'd say its worth it. You can still get 24" tires and tubes. HED actually has a 24" carbon rim. I've seen the frame alone sell for $125 on ebay. I'd say go for it
I've got one too!Marty T.
Apr 17, 2001 12:43 PM
For $150 you're going to get a lot of bang for your buck!
Just make sure it fits you OK. A TT bike can be very uncomfortable even when it's set up right. My aching back can attest to me riding my Shogun set up wrong for to long a time. A 130mm stem fixed that!

As for the front wheel... Well, everyone get ready to laugh... I had HED build me a custom 24 inch JET 2000 tubular($325)with radial bladed spokes. I just got a like new HED tubular disk for the rear and I'm using Profile bullhorns with Syntace C-2s up front. I took off the small chainring and front deraileur and run a 12/18 rear.

There you have! Just not allowed in UCI racing. But if you're not a pro then you'll be fine here in the US for club stuff.

Andy at HED says he and Rabecca Twigg still use the darn things.
He's says they are still the way to go. Sometimes old technology comes around full cirlce... (until UCI pulled the plug on 'em.)

-Marty T
racing legalitiesspeedchump
Apr 17, 2001 12:55 PM
Do you know if it's legal for USCF events? I can't imagine anyone getting in a knot over a lowly cat. 4, but if it's not legal, I'd better stay away...
racing legalitiesjdawg
Apr 18, 2001 10:47 AM
Yes, it's legal for USCF races as long as the race does not carry UCI points. As far as I know, the only USCF races that carry UCI points are the "big ones" like Redlands and nationals. For local USCF and/or multisport events, you will be fine.

Tire and rims are available from Quality Bicycle Parts, a distributor to most local shops. The last time I checked was last Summer when I bought new stuff and the only rim available was the Velocity Aerohead (the Sun was out of stock) and the only tire available was a 20mm Panaracer.

Hope this helps. I agree that you can't go wrong for $150.
oh yeah, where do you get tires? (NM)speedchump
Apr 17, 2001 12:57 PM
re: shogun TT bikeflyweight
Apr 17, 2001 2:49 PM
The reason for the 24" wheels is twofold:
1) It's more aerodynamic (smaller frontal profile) Not enough to really matter.
2) The smaller front wheels were first used for team time trial events. The smaller wheels allowed the bikes to ride closer together maximizing the drafting effect.

The Shogun Kaze was a neat bike. At the time (~1986-87) it was the only really affordable time trial bike on the market.
I just bought one out of the classifiedsmilsk8
Apr 17, 2001 7:17 PM
I just bought one of these out of the classifieds. I had to strip and repaint it (wasn't too hard.). You can switch to a 650c fork and wheel, I have a 650c carbon fiber fork and hed jet on the front, that fit well.