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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:35 am 
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I bought these three bikes this week, mostly because I've recently retired and enjoy tinkering with bikes in the garage and riding older bikes.

No 1 is easy enough - a Raleigh Equipe 12 sp. It has a label saying made in England. I'm guessing its late 1980's? Not rare or valuable but I quite like it.
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No 2 is a bit harder - a 'Shogun Team Issue' - can't find much if anything on line about it. Has some reasonably good components - Shimano 600 groupset etc, Cinelli bars & stem. Planning to keep this one myself and this is the one I'd like to know more about most.
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No 3 is an odd one - an 'Azzure DXR'. Pretty low end components, not a great bike but not one I'd heard of either?
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Any info on any of these would be much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:48 pm 
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IIRC the Shogun was a precursor to Kinesis launching their own brand.
One of the shops near where i lived (Derby) was banging them out at a bargain price (little more than the cost of groupset/wheels/finishing kit)
Weren't bad bikes, just a little basic/cheap/cheerful.
Think he used to drive over the Belgium to pick them up.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:50 pm 
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The Shogun will have been around 95/96, my mate had one. It was one of the first mainstream alternatives to steel and paved the way for shed loads of Taiwanese aluminum frames


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:32 am 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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Keep & renovate the shogun & dump the rest....


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:53 am 
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Nob wrote:
Keep & renovate the shogun & dump the rest....


Keep the Shogun, and possibly the Raleigh - there is a market for completely-stock low/mid-end bikes (it's nostalgia). Though that frame is about the size of a farm gate, which narrows the market somewhat.

That orange monstrosity is terrible - clean it - flip it.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:11 am 
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thanks for the info.

I like the Raleigh, it's a nice, honest old bike and being of a certain age I have nostalgic memories of owning one very similar in my late teens. Sadly it is a bit big for me so it's had a quick service, new handlebar tape and saddle and it will be put up for sale.

The more i tinker with the Shogun, the more I like it. I'll treat it to some new tyres, a good clean and polish and a bit of a service and see how we go with that one. It's light and rides nicely.

I never planned to keep the Azzure, but was intending to give it to my son to take to Uni (I'd rather that got stolen / trashed than his decent MTB), however he turned his nose up at it so it's on eBay and he's taken a £20 lump of junk old MTB sourced from a car boot sale to Uni instead!


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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 10:12 am 
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The Shogun was quite a nice frame, quite light and stiff but the alloy forks made it quite harsh. I was given a frame and built it up with 9 speed Tiagra and used it for a while as a winter bike for club runs.


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 6:59 pm 
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Can I ask advice on another one please?

An AQUILON, made in France, nothing very unusual except the rear cassette is only 4 speed????
It looks like it is factory built like that, not adapted, but I've not seen one like this before.

I picked this up today from a house clearance.

Anyone know anything about this bike? I'm guessing 1970's?

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 10:29 pm 
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Cog has dropped off? BITD we removed cogs from our 5-6 freewheels to reduce weight for TT'ing lol


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 11:07 pm 
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Regina and Simplex made 4 speed free wheels up to the 60s. That’s what this looks like, to me.


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