Thursday, September 11, 2008

Challenge Taifun For Sale

Update: the Taifun is sold.....=-)

I've been holding off putting this bent up for sale because I love it a ton and I know I will not be able to replicate it at a reasonable cost any time soon. However, I've got a bike project I'd like to work on this winter and I can't afford to make that happen unless I reduce my fleet of bikes.

First off why am I not riding it? Two reasons:

1) I no longer commute to work by bike since I work at home 4 days a week and use my truck for work related errands the one day I do drive. The Taifun was my comfortable and speedy commuter bike for my 50km round trip commute.

2) my GF & friends ride a DFs and so all of my fun rides and tours are on DFs

What's the Taifun good for?
  • This is an ideal fast commuter bike.
  • It's very stable at slow and high speeds.
  • The low 12' seat height makes starting and stopping easy.
  • It has fenders and disc brakes for all weather riding.
  • The seat vs. BB position makes for excellent climbing.
  • The closed cell foam seat cushion doesn't absorb water.
  • The rear suspension takes the edge off any bumps and the large volume Kojak tires are fast, but also very comfortable when riding on rough surfaces.
  • Although I haven't used it for this purpose it would also make a great touring bike

What you are buying [note not everything in the photos comes with this bike so read carefully]:
  • Challenge Taifun w/ folding tiller steering
  • I have a 42" x-seam and boom will adjust several inches either way
  • total mileage: less than 1000kms [most parts have less than 500kms as I upgraded them while I rode this bike]
  • colour matte black - totally bad ass, rec'd lots of compliments while riding
  • Cranks: Shimano 105 double [new]
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano 105 [new]
  • Pedals: none [can ship with platform pedals if you would like at no charge]
  • Chain: SRAM w/ powerlink [new]
  • Front Derailleur: not sure will confirm shortly
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 [new]
  • Cassette: SRAM 11-32 9spd [new]
  • Shifters: Shimano Dura-ace 9 spd barcons on Paul Thumbies mounts [new]
  • Wheels: Velocity 406 Thracians [new]
  • Tires: Schwalbe Kojak 35-406 kevlar bead [new]
  • Brakes: none installed [will ship with some Tektro Bengal mechanical disc calipers & rotors]
  • Brake levers: none [you will need to provide levers]
  • Fenders: SKS 20" fenders
Note: just about every major component on this bike was upgraded after I bought it.

Price: $2000USD + shipping. Buying this bike new would cost over $4000USD+tax & shipping.

This bike is in nearly new condition and is a stunning lowracer that will get lots of attention anywhere it goes. It has been well maintained and stored carefully indoors.


Jerome said...

I’ll attest to the fact that this is a great bike, in great condition. I’ve ridden it. I don’t need to say though, anyone who reads this blog with regularity, knows Vik is passionate about his bicycles, and knows what he’s doing. I bought a bike from Vik (the Volae), and I keep thinking how lucky I was to do so. It was so well looked after and maintained, I doubt I’ll ever buy a previously enjoyed bike that has been so well looked after. Unless of course I bought another from Vik…..

Duncan Watson said...

Congratulations on the sale to you and the new owner. I am jealous. It was a steal.