Bicycle Mechanics - Suntour vs. Sunrace
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10-13-03, 09:50 AM
Long story short, I had a Suntour freewheel replaced with one branded Sunrace. I was less expensive than the Suntour, but had a more acceptable ratio. The Sunrace looks "cheaper", or less rugged than the Suntour. Anyone know if there is really a large difference in the materials/reliability? Thanks.
L J Horton
10-13-03, 10:50 AM
Sunrace, like everyone else, makes some junk and some good quality stuff. Quite often the difference is only cosmetic --the way it looks. If you keep it clean and well maintained it should give you good service.
next time you upgrade, look at SRAM cassettes. I have a 9.0 and I love it. 3 weeks of riding on it so far, and it's been awesome (nice and crisp shifting).
The best way to enhance the longevity of your cassette is to replace your chain whenever it has lengthened by 0.5 percent (1/16" per 24 half-links).
10-14-03, 08:09 AM
You are correct. That's what brought about the replacement. I replaced the chain, and then it began skipping. The Suntour with which I replaced the worn cassette was a 14-24, which is/was good when riding by myself; however, I forsee the need a lower gear when pulling a trail-a-bike. Hence the Sunrace, which happens to be a 14-28. Thanks for the advice!
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