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Old 11-19-11, 09:40 PM   #1
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Suntour Freehub Body

Built a wheel from an old Suntour rear hub and now can't find a cassette to fit. Any chance I can pull the freehub body off and replace with something more standard (eg. Shimano) without destroying the wheel? Any help greatly appreciated.
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Suntour freehubs and the cassettes that go with them are orphans, long since discontinued when Suntour was bought out by SR. You have two choices:

1. Find a Suntour cassette, possibly from a donor bike or pay through the nose on ebay.
2. Rebuild the wheel with a Shimano Freehub hub, hopefully the dimensions will be the same so you can re-use the spokes. This is the only "sustainable" option because Suntour cassettes were only made for a couple years and are now virtually extinct. I won't even buy a used bike with Suntour indexed components for this reason, unless I'm only after the frame and can get a serious discount.

Next time figure out your drivetrain before building your wheels is all I can say, sorry dude.
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Built a wheel from an old Suntour rear hub and now can't find a cassette to fit. Any chance I can pull the freehub body off and replace with something more standard (eg. Shimano) without destroying the wheel? Any help greatly appreciated.
Get a cassette from Yellow Jersey: http://www.yellowjersey.org/stcass.html

Jake: Yellow Jersey is in Madison, fer cryin' out loud.
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Get a cassette from Yellow Jersey: http://www.yellowjersey.org/stcass.html

Jake: Yellow Jersey is in Madison, fer cryin' out loud.
Suntour X1 Top Shifters* $89.95
Suntour X1 Long Rear Derailleur SOLD OUT
Suntour XCExpert Front Derailleur $54.95
Suntour 7sp 13~28 Cassette $89.95
Suntour 8sp "MD"11~24 Cassette $89.95


At these prices I think I'll stick with Shimano. My apologies for the ridiculous font size, it was a copy and paste.

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Built a wheel from an old Suntour rear hub and now can't find a cassette to fit. Any chance I can pull the freehub body off and replace with something more standard (eg. Shimano) without destroying the wheel? Any help greatly appreciated.
1. Show us a pic of the shell / freehub mating.
2. Report on what size allen fits.
3. Report on whether a non-drive allen bolt is used as well.

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Suntour X1 Top Shifters* $89.95
Suntour X1 Long Rear Derailleur SOLD OUT
Suntour XCExpert Front Derailleur $54.95
Suntour 7sp 13~28 Cassette $89.95
Suntour 8sp "MD"11~24 Cassette $89.95


At these prices I think I'll stick with Shimano. My apologies for the ridiculous font size, it was a copy and paste.
When you copy and paste, hit the "Remove Text Formatting" button to, uhh, remove the formatting:
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If you really want a Suntour cassette, I think the LBS I work at still has some NOS we were planning to eBay. If you need to scrape by for the short term, I can see if we have what you need. In that case, post what variant of cassette your hub requires and I can check. But if it were me, I'd just grab an affordable Shimano hub and rebuild the wheel with that. Hey, you'll have a leftover Suntour hub to sell for outrageous prices on Ebay when you're done...
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Thanks for all the advise-the shop has several Shimano hubs I can rebuild the wheel around-they're just not in as good of shape as the one I used (and stupidly assumed would have the cassette for). Lesson learned.
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