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Old 05-29-05, 11:31 AM
Index, Schmindex!
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A good period upgrade would be one of the Suntour V-Luxe series of derailers. All have aluminum body and cage. The short cage V-Luxe is working great on my bike with 40 and 50 chain rings and a 14 - 24 freewheel. For a bike with 40 and 52 rings and 14 - 28 cluster I think the medium cage VT-Luxe will work (If you can find one!). Best bet would be the long cage VGT-Luxe (quite common).
Pre-index Suntours don't have a spring loaded pivot on the mounting bolt and don't soak up as much chain as other derailers of the period. They do seem to be superior at moving the chain uphill on the freewheel. The Spirt and SL front derailers were also superior at shifting small to large on the crank.

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