Classic & Vintage - Which Suntour Group?
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09-15-06, 07:36 PM
Hello All. Just won a lot of suntour derailurs on ebay. I had orginally bought it to replace a suntour VGT rear that was rusted, but when the lot showed up, some of the other models seemed a bit nicer/lighter. So here goes:
Suntour GT rear
Suntour V-GT Luxe rear
Suntour Cyclone M-II rear
Suntour Cyclone M-TT front
Suntour SL Front
I was leaning toward the cyclone because it seemed the lightest, but the V-GT luxe seems like a bit more of a workhorse. Any opinions (okay stupid question), anyway, which is better? Thanks.
09-15-06, 07:58 PM
If you need absolute reliability over a wide freewheel range, go with the V-GT family. Yes, they weigh a bit more than the others, but if you're talking a long haul tourer, or serious touring cycle, reliability trumps weight anytime. I've got a basic steel V-GT, and a Compe-V front sitting in the parts box as we speak, waiting for the day that I decide the Raleigh is finally going to get a wider gearset than the Campy Gran Spoort can handle.
Deranged Few M/C
On two of my touring bikes I run:
Front: SUNTOUR Compe-V
Rear: SUNTOUR V-GTluxe
They get the job done.
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The Cyclone series SunTours are my favorites, although I concur that the good old V-Luxe and its wide-range cousin, the V-GT Luxe, work extremely well. The SL and the Spirt fronts are interesting, if you like a normal-high shift pattern (both front and rear levers back = low gear; both forward = high gear).
09-17-06, 02:59 AM
So I tried the cyclone, but oddly enough it didn't go wide enough for my 5 speed cluster??? Probably because my axel is on the long side. Could try a shorter axel, but the V-GT luxe went on and work fine, so far...
I have a SunTour Edge 7sp group on a Schwinn Prelude. The painted finish reminds me of the old Shimano 600 group when it was painted. It works but is nothing special.
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