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    Raleigh Record and Suntour U Rear Derailleur questions!

    Hello!

    I have recently inherited a 1983 Raleigh Record, all original parts that I can tell. It's in decent shape and my wife would like it as a second bike. First off is this rear derailleur:




    A Suntour U? I can't seem to find any information on the Velobase page about it. Anyone know? Is it worth keeping, or switching to something like a Shimano Deore? (I have an extra one is why I ask).

    More general question:
    When fixing up old bikes like this, is there a good guide to knowing what can (er, should) and can't be replaced? Should I replace the bottom bracket with something like a new cartridge unit? How does one know what to keep and what to trash?

    Cheers!
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    Weird. I built up a Raleigh for my wife last year, and it came with a (Raleigh-branded) Suntour V. Never seen a U, but the venerable Disraeli Gears site lists one: http://www.disraeligears.co.uk/Site/..._style%29.html

    Pretty pedestrian derailleur, but also pretty sturdy, I'd wager. Try it and see how well it works - you might be surprised!

    (Incidentally, the Suntour V on my wife's Raleigh indexes perfectly with 7-speed stuff, and your U looks like it might do the same, if that sort of thing interests you....)

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    Suntour made great RDs, steel or aluminum. The Deore will wiegh less and take up more chain but not work that much better. Rebuilding a bike is a job in cleaning and greasing. The BB that came with the bike just needs to be cleaned and greased/adjusted. I think that cup and ball BBs are better then cartridge BBs, but it depends on quality and money. For your BB buy some new ball bearings 1/4", check the cones for pits. If the cups are pitted then you get to look for a new BB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctmullins View Post
    Weird. I built up a Raleigh for my wife last year, and it came with a (Raleigh-branded) Suntour V. Never seen a U, but the venerable Disraeli Gears site lists one: http://www.disraeligears.co.uk/Site/..._style%29.html

    Pretty pedestrian derailleur, but also pretty sturdy, I'd wager. Try it and see how well it works - you might be surprised!

    (Incidentally, the Suntour V on my wife's Raleigh indexes perfectly with 7-speed stuff, and your U looks like it might do the same, if that sort of thing interests you....)
    I fitted a Raleigh branded Suntour V from a Raleigh Record in place of the old steel Sh*tm*no Tourney that was fitted to it. Awesome shifting, even with a wide range freewheel and cross-over drive with half step and granny chainwheel. DT Suntour friction ratchet band-on shifters in place of the original flat bar thumb shifters with longer cables give a really positive and smooth gear change. essential when both riders are inexperienced in tandem riding and plain un co-ordinated in pedalling together!
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