Classic & Vintage - Suntour Spirt vs. ARX derailleur - Raleigh Rapide
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01-25-09, 05:43 PM
I have an early 80s Raleigh Rapide 10 speed road bike that I am overhauling. It has a Spirt front derailleur that appears in good shape. I acquired a brand new (old stock obviously) Suntour ARX front derailleur.
Anyone know which one is better? I assume it would work find with my bike but I don't really know much about them. (which is why I'm here) The Spirit is definately heavier than the ARX which really isn't a concern on this bike.
I'd appreciate your info and advice. Thanks
01-25-09, 06:29 PM
ARX is slightly better and a couple of years newer. Roger
01-25-09, 06:31 PM
My limited experience tells me the ARx is better quality, kind of high mid level, where as the Spirt is more high entry level. Having said that, I have found all Suntour derailleurs to be sturdy and reliable, even the low end.
01-25-09, 07:21 PM
Yep, same here. Most anything I've found made by Suntour were pretty decent performing parts. The only exception I would say is VGT and VGT luxe. I seem to have a hard time finding expemples that have healthy pins in the parallelogram. Some had as much as 1/2" of play at the lower jockey wheel. That's neither here nor there though. I probably had a run of bad luck. If you can find Cyclone M-II, go for it. They are very nice, lightweight, and function beautifully. They're also pretty affordable still. Arx would be better(maybe only lighter) than Spirt. ARX definitely has a little more in the looks department, though.,,,,BD
I have ARX components on my Lotus Classique. You will like them.
+1 Dump the stem shifters and use some clamp on DT shifters.
01-25-09, 08:10 PM
Arx, all the way. I had two '83 Rapide's, one in blue, one in black. The blue one went single speed, the black was cleaned and given to a needy fella.
If you can, get the Arx RD and find a cheap pair of clamp-on DT shifters. The bike will ride fine. It's a well-made frame, just heavy. The stem will look cleaner, too, without the stem shifters.
01-25-09, 08:57 PM
Ok.. thanks everyone for the info.
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