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is a real classic mountain bike from one of the last years before
suspension. 1991 Shogun Prairie Breaker "Team Issue"
the top of the line Shogun, featuring a superbe Tange Prestige frame
and fork, a full Shimano XT group and Araya RM17 rims. For six years,
thrashed it up and down (legally!) the trails and limestome rocks
of the Niagara Escarpment. Then decided that 60 year olds should
be a little more risk aversive so replaced the knobblies with a
pair of semi slick Cheng Shin 26 x 1.5's purchased for CAD$9 dollars
each(!) at the Toronto Bike Show. Like the bike they seem virtually
indestructable. Used the bike for general purpose and credit card
touring for several years, then after lending it out for a time,
discovered that the seat post had stuck -at the wrong height! Thought
it might be the end of the line until, after trying everything else,
I eventually decided to bite the bullet and try to saw it out. After
four hours of solid effort it was finally free!!! (See photo) Now
fitted with a new Kalloy seat post, together with a new headset
and a bottom bracket, it's been reborn. It has always been great
favorite of mine so I'm delighted.
the final picture you can just make out the braze-on cable guides
at the seat/top tube junction and the cable pulley at the bottom
of the seat tube for the "over the bottom bracket" cable runs. Also
note the plastic tubes over the cables. The matching water bottles
were also standard issue.
first shot was taken after its first outing in 1991 and the remainder
today Jan 24th in -8 deg C conditions. I didn't mind. It was so
nice to have my old friend back!
now know why bike shops aren't interested in freeing up stuck seat