Hey yall.. Wow, went garage sale'ing this weekend and picked up a very pretty metallic light blue Schwinn Traveler from about 1989-1991 or so with full True-Temper 4130 lugged tubing and Suntour components for fifteen bucks! Yay me! (garage sales rock.)
Question about something strange that occurred to me. The bike has Suntour deraileurs, marked as "ar5000" or possably "ax5000" (the 'a' and the 'x' or 'r' run together and are hard to make out.) I have a set of brakes of the same vintage that are the exact same model, but are made by Dia-Compe from a similiar bike. The 'ax5000' is exactly the same on both brands of component. Weird.
Is this some sort of joint thing between Dia-Compe and Suntour in the early 90's, some kind of weird hybrid, or just a bizzarre coincidence (which is unlikely given the state of patent infringement lawsuits methinks.)? Very interested to know.