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Old 04-11-21, 10:21 PM
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Suntour V-GT Luxe, overhauled

Suntour V-GT Luxe, completely disassembled, regreased, and cleaned up. Pulleys in good condition and strong spring tension. B-screw and stop screws oiled, and retainer clips are in good shape.

Includes the hanger claw, and it’s unfortunately missing one mounting bushing, according to the diagram on Disraeli Gears. I suspect a facsimile should be easy to find, but please let me know if I’m off base there. I think it’s number 4 on this diagram: SunTour 74 Products - page 2

Say, $42 shipped in the lower 48? SOLD






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Old 04-12-21, 07:29 AM
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Such a great mech. I know the long-cage Cyclones get a lot of attention, love and respect, but this is just as good a mech that's exceptionally close in weight.

Looks great! Did you follow any specific instructions on overhaul?
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Originally Posted by francophile View Post
Such a great mech. I know the long-cage Cyclones get a lot of attention, love and respect, but this is just as good a mech that's exceptionally close in weight.

Looks great! Did you follow any specific instructions on overhaul?
Thanks! A few years ago, I followed RJ the Bike Guy’s youtube video for a VX-GT, and I’ve overhauled about ten similar ones since then (Cyclone gens 1 & 2, Blue Line, VX-GT, and this one), so I’ve gotten to know this style derailleur well.
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I have two of them active. My fave.
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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
Thanks! A few years ago, I followed RJ the Bike Guy’s youtube video for a VX-GT, and I’ve overhauled about ten similar ones since then (Cyclone gens 1 & 2, Blue Line, VX-GT, and this one), so I’ve gotten to know this style derailleur well.
Excellent. Thanks for that tidbit, I didn't realize he'd done a video on one. I'd like to rebuild one I've got but after experiences (not bad, just tedious) overhauling Simplex and Huret mechs, I was hesitant to dive in.

Anyway, appreciate the info and GLWS!
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Got one on my Univega!

Love this mech!




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And a critical piece of history in the development of derailleurs with its slant parallel design. Chunky and bulky looking to some, but actually light weight, bombproof and unparalleled (pun intended) in shifting on the largest freewheels of the day. I have some in use as well.

They don’t get the attention that Cyclone does, but function just as well and are my first choice when replacing vintage mechs that suck on wide range free wheels (like Shimano Eagle, Simplex Prestige, Campy).

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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post
Suntour V-GT Luxe, completely disassembled, regreased, and cleaned up. Pulleys in good condition and strong spring tension. B-screw and stop screws oiled, and retainer clips are in good shape. That RJ video is useful.

Includes the hanger claw, and it’s unfortunately missing one mounting bushing, according to the diagram on Disraeli Gears. I suspect a facsimile should be easy to find, but please let me know if I’m off base there. I think it’s number 4 on this diagram: SunTour 74 Products - page 2

Say, $42 shipped in the lower 48?




How far do you take them apart when overhauling them? I often add a drop of oil to the bushings (which is a pain with the Suntour rear derailleurs) as that helps and a bit of WD 40 to the springs.

Once the spring starts to get weak, that's pretty much it right for one of these? Asking as I have a GT luxe I'd like to see if I can get to function a bit better. The spring is not as strong as it could be and I don't think there's much to be done about that.

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Once the spring starts to get weak, that's pretty much it right for one of these? Asking as I have a GT luxe I'd like to see if I can get to function a bit better. The spring is not as strong as it could be and I don't think there's much to be done about that.
Not necessarily. If you disassemble enough, you can adjust the spring tension by slotting it into a different position on part 21 (in this diagram):

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
How far do you take them apart when overhauling them? I often add a drop of oil to the bushings (which is a pain with the Suntour rear derailleurs) as that helps and a bit of WD 40 to the springs.

Once the spring starts to get weak, that's pretty much it right for one of these? Asking as I have a GT luxe I'd like to see if I can get to function a bit better. The spring is not as strong as it could be and I don't think there's much to be done about that.
Yeah like jeirvine said, you can select the tension hole on most if not all similar models. When I’m doné disassembling, it looks like that diagram, fully disassembled, completely clean. The RJ the Bike Guy video shows how to do that, and I follow that same procedure.
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An rd overhaul, or two might be in my future. Doesn't seem so complicated. Not like the symmetric shifters.
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