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    Article in a german magazine:
    Suntour will come back into the high-end shiftinng market.the focus is on XTR! With lots of parts out of
    magnesium they think to be able to get ahead... a rear derailer,magnesium twist-shifter/brake-lever
    combination and a magnesium crankset are announced.in the works are also mechanical and hydraulic
    disc-brakes.
    Nothing about this on the Suntour website but they are listing a crank that is 9 speed compatable. They also have a sweet looking high end suspension fork, and some disc brakes. This has the potential to be real cool. Suntour IMHO had better performing MTB stuff in their time. Here is the Suntour website link and a pic from the German mag. http://www.srsuntour.com/index.html

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    It would be nice to see Suntour back in the game, but I think they have lost a lot of ground since they were a real contender. Unfortunately Shimano is the dominate force right now. I think Suntour is going to have to aim for mid-level stuff too. I think the people spending $$$ on XTR level equip. may initially be reluctant to buy new high end stuff from Suntour. A lot of people probably don't remember when Suntour made quality stuff and dominated Shimano.

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    I think it would be great if they were back in it. It would be nice to have an option when buying such high priced equipment. And competition between the two companies would only make each one better hopefully their prices would go down as a result.

    Dan

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    I think I'd have to agree with Rider X...though it is great to have Suntour back in the fight, they'll be hard pushed to get back devoted riders from XTR...

    Still, I'd certainly consider a switch, I need to upgrade my Deore XT 2 thumbshifters anyway... *grins*

    Cheers

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    HOOAH!!!!!! (military thing) This is awesome news!!! I'm getting tired of shimano, shimano shimano.Anything different is good enough for me,I hope with this that their(suntour) products will become more available.I haven't been able to find a dealer at all, and the website only lists sidetrak.com, but they don't seem to have anything.

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    Hunter, you don't happen to know where I could pick up a Suntour 7 spd cassette do you??

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    rich - good to see another rider using thumbies. Do you use them in friction mode?

    fubar - try www.thethirdhand.com, but hurry they are closing their doors for good on April 15

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    Originally posted by riderx

    fubar - try www.thethirdhand.com, but hurry they are closing their doors for good on April 15 [/B]

    The third hand link is no longer valid. They shut their doors March 29.

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    Originally posted by fubar5
    Hunter, you don't happen to know where I could pick up a Suntour 7 spd cassette do you??

    You might want to try Phat Tire. Angelo can get some 7 speed stuff. I know he got me some 7 speed cassette's but they were shimaNO I did not specify Suntour though so who knows give him a try.
    http:www.phattire.com

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    Thanks alot!!! I tried the thirdhand.com and the link still worked, but they didn't have what I was looking for. I'm tryin phat tire right now.

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    re: the third hand

    thankfully they extended their closing until April 15

    I wonder if they have anyone lined up to buy their inventory. Anyone know?

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    Originally posted by fubar5
    Thanks alot!!! I tried the thirdhand.com and the link still worked, but they didn't have what I was looking for. I'm tryin phat tire right now.
    You might want to call Angelo his site does not have everything listed.

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    Yeah....XT Thumbies are go!!

    Actually I do run it in friction mode as the indexing is knackered on it...bless them...

    I wish they'd bring them back, as I'm not really into this STI malarky...

    Yeay everyone it's Friday

    Rich
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    I would like to apologize for my mis information on Third Hand. I was not aware that they had extended their time open. Once I got their catalog that said March 29 that is what I thought. Once again I am sorry.

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    Hunter,
    I emailed phattire and they said yes, I could get a 7 spd Suntour cassette from them, for 18.99.
    Thanks alot guys!!!!

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    This is an e-mail response I got from the US portion of Suntour.
    HI Mark

    The name XC PRO will be used on our new forks line the 2002 season. We
    have no plans to launch a full line of component at this time with the us of
    XC PRO name. We have been out of the component business for 6 years now and
    this is a major undertaking as you may realize. We are currently planning
    on launching a new line of components that is directed at the cross bike
    products, this line will be called NCX. It will be to littl for MT BIke
    ridding.

    Thank you for the inquiry

    Best regards


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