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Old 11-06-09, 11:34 AM   #1
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Sountour Superbe Pro Pedal Dust Caps

I've been the proud owner of a great pair of Suntour Superbe Pro track pedals for the past six years.

Recently one of my outer bearings failed catastrophically, which dislodged my outer dust cap and caused it to be lost while riding, and damaged the inner dust cap. I have a full set of bearings on order to overhaul both pedals, but does anyone know of a source for replacements? Or does anyone have a spare set that I could buy or trade for?

Side note: The $20 backup pedals I'm running right now really make me appreciate the quality of the SSPs.
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Old 11-11-09, 11:58 AM   #2
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Bummer.
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Old 11-11-09, 12:31 PM   #3
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It's the small parts that are nearly impossible to find sometimes. I've been looking for a dust cap for 600 pedals for a long time without success. You might try posting a WTB ad on the C&V sales thread.
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I need some clarification on what you're missing. The Superbe Pro pedals have a conical, chrome-plated bolt with a 4mm Allen head that threads into the end of the axle to hold things together. Underneath that is a thin plastic dust shield. Under the shield is the bearing cartridge. The dust shield is the most commonly lost piece, and fortunately it is the least important. Here's a set of road pedals in which one of them lost its dust shield at least a decade ago. It's still working fine. The pedal on the left has the dust shield intact; the one on the right is missing the black dust shield, exposing the plated shield on the bearing cartridge itself. The cartridge is already shielded, and I suspect the outer plastic shield was simply there for cosmetic reasons.



Here's a description and illustration of the axle and type of bearings used:

http://www.bikepro.com/arch_products...our_pedal.html

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Old 11-11-09, 08:28 PM   #5
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If the above is what you are talking about ,you should be able to fabricate one of these plastic inserts pretty easily with a dremel tool, some thin plastic sheet from a hobby shop and some patience.
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Yeah, it's that little bit of plastic. I know the bearings are already shielded, but anything that helps keep a little bit of extra moisture out is ok in my book, especially since the pedals are already about 20 years old. I'm probably just going to try to fabricate something new. Maybe I can even adapt some manner of light rubber gasket to suit my needs.

I love my Superbe Pro components. I'm already looking around for another set for my next bike.

Side note: The hubs I have don't take cartridge bearings, but they look identical to the (presumably later) models that do. They're just super nice loose ball cup-and-cone hubs, with full "Superbe Pro" branding. I can't find any info on them online, though. The whole bike/grouppo came as a hand-me-down, and the previous owners who had any idea about the specific history of the build are nowhere to be found.
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I installed new bearings in both of my pedals, but unfortunately it seems that the inner bearings on both pedals are too narrow (width-wise), and there is now some axial shift in the spindle. I'd read that the inner bearings were supposed to be 6800s, but they are only 5mm thick, and that appears to be too narrow. Help!
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there are two different bearings in these pedal, I forget the code. I replaced mine in a set I have and after one winter I overhauled the sealed bearing, it was required for sure, not enough grease stock. Anyway I have 3 sets of these pedals and was lucky enough to score a set of spindles for one set which is missing all the chrome. The earliest of these pedals lost their dustcaps readily and I have one set with no dust caps. They later improved the design and those later pedals tend to retain the dustcaps, I think it was lip on the bolt that they added but I can't recall since i haven't taken them apart in a while. ANd yes best pedals made in the 1980s.
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