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    What's Everyones' Opinion of SunRace Derailleurs vs. Shimano

    One of the bikes I'm considering for my "disposable" (will be used for six to none months, and then likely given away at the end of the project) commuter bike......

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/lt_dt.htm

    .... is equipped with SunRace derailleurs. All of my other bikes have Shimano components.

    At this price point - admittedly bottom of the barrel - is the SunRace derailleur as good quality-wise as Shimano? If you were able to choose between two bikes, one with Shimano components and one with SunRace, which would you choose?
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    Are they as good as Shimano? No. Will they do for a temporary bike to be used for 6 - 9 months of light duty and then be given away? Almost certainly.

    If I were chosing a bike for myself and money weren't the major issue, I'd go for Shimano components.

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    This is a hard one because it's so easy to compare apples to oranges.

    Shimano's line is much more comprhensive and certainly their better derailleurs are better than SunRace's best. But if you're looking for a decent workhorse derailleur for a commuter or rough mtn use where it may get sacrificed anyway, I think SunTour delivers better quality than Shimano dollar for dollar at the low to mid range.
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    Sunrace may well be the company to watch for new products. Most of my direct experience with their products is the newer Sturmey Archer stuff, but one of my wife's bikes has Sunrace rapid fire style shifters which work very nicely.
    It will be interesting to see if the new Driven line gains any traction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Sunrace may well be the company to watch for new products. Most of my direct experience with their products is the newer Sturmey Archer stuff, but one of my wife's bikes has Sunrace rapid fire style shifters which work very nicely.
    It will be interesting to see if the new Driven line gains any traction.
    I think Microsohift is in a better position than Sunrace, but it would be interesting to see what would happen if Tektro decides to get in the drivetrain business.

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    There's probability that SunRace derailleurs are Microshift - Microshift's primary business volume is production for other companies.

    I've seen their derailleurs pop-up in other companies catalogs...brand-name and non-brand name alike at Interbike - minus the label.

    And each company is able to specify "style" modifcations as part of their order.

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    spec'd as it was on a BD bike, it's part of meeting price point, .. the bottom line.

    Shimano has a lot of different lines each made to hit a Price point for a particular final cost of the Bike

    Realistically.. expect a rivet pin thru holes in the aluminum part.


    but will shove the chain back and forth...

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