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Old 01-21-23, 08:25 PM
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FS - Super Rare Suntour Superbe Gold & Bronze Groupsets

SUNTOUR SUPERBE GOLD
PHOTOS
- https://photos.app.goo.gl/KCzMoS4sYhRysiUu8
PRICE - $875
FREE SHIPPING (in the CONUS). I ship internationally at buyer's cost.



Suntour Superbe GOLD mini-group. I originally collected this up to build a 3Rensho show bike that had originally been built with the same group, but the previous owner had stripped and sold off. I ended up being able to buy back the original parts for the 3Rensho, so I didn't need this backup group.
  • NOS FD-1500
  • NOS RD-2100
  • NOS CB-3200 Brake Levers with original hoods in great condition
  • NOS CW-1000 Crank Arms, 170mm
  • NOS Gran Compe GC400 front & rear
SUNTOUR SUPERBE BRONZE
PHOTOS - Coming soon
PRICE - $850
FREE SHIPPING (in the CONUS). I ship internationally at buyer's cost.



Suntour Superbe Bonze mini-group. No backstory on this, other than it's super cool and extremely rare.
  • NOS FD-2000
  • NOS RD-5200
  • VGC CW-1000 Crank Arms & matching chainrings, 170mm
  • NOS LD-3200 shifters
PAYMENT - Digital: Paypal F&F, Zelle. Physical: Cash or Check
FREE SHIPPING - free shipping in the CONUS. Pickup welcome, located in Ridgewood, Queens NYC
CONTACT - skpearson at gmail dot com, or private message via the forum
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you are killing us!
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wow, those are neat
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Where's the *drool* emoji when you need one?
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jeez...
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... maybe change your BikeForums handle to CatNip....
just a wow - i've not see a group like this from Suntour - whew! just lovely workmanship.
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Somebody must have a bike nice enough for that stuff. I saw a RS repainted red/white for sale somewhere.
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I'd put it on a Varsity.
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Can we get a photo of the built up 3Rensho?
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Originally Posted by mrv View Post
... maybe change your BikeForums handle to CatNip....
just a wow - i've not see a group like this from Suntour - whew! just lovely workmanship.
The venerable, dearly departed "pcb" extolled and alluded to some of it from time to time in his musings having been there and done that for SunTour at the time.

No specific examples on hand but he may have touched on it when he did an episode on the Outspoken cyclist.

Its a fantastic listen regardless and I highly recommend it.

https://outspokencyclist.com/tag/paul-brodek/

RIP pcb
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Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
Can we get a photo of the built up 3Rensho?



https://djcatnap.com/early-3rensho-s...ntour-superbe/

It includes a couple of parts of the gold group I donít have NOS versions of - pedals, hubs, seatpost, stem and bars. for those that are interested, this bike is also for sale.
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The story of this bike on your blog is absolutely bonkers for both the frame and the components.
Timing. Is. Everything.
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I wish I was rich that gold group would look fabulous on Esmeralda.
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Hi....my name is Dan.....I have a bike problem...I love gold bike parts....things called suntour superbe...and all things steel. I acknowledge...I have no control in my obsession and relinquish this now to a higher power than myself...as alimony is just not a good option

very....VERY nice stuff padres
please keep this away from me...its just too good to be true
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Originally Posted by The Thin Man View Post
The story of this bike on your blog is absolutely bonkers for both the frame and the components.
Timing. Is. Everything.
Thank you! I'd humbly add that in addition to timing, it's about being curious and being willing to ask questions / pull on loose threads to see where they go. The adventure began on an empty Brooklyn wharf on a cold winter morning, when I bought what I initially thought was an unimpressive but affordable 3Rensho frame with a vague but interesting story. I spent weeks and months investigating its provenance, while also trying to track down all of its gold parts which had been already sold off to other folks. The gold parts I have for sale here are part of that journey - learning that they existed, and then relentlessly tracking down examples on Japanese auction sites, piece by piece. That's essence of a fun hobby, at least for me, and now it's time for me to pass on all these rare objects to the next collector so that they can write the next chapter of the story.
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These parts and that bike are incredible. It's well beyond my means, but I trust that they will end up in a good home. It's also news to me that member pcb passed away -- I always enjoyed his participation. I look forward to having a quiet moment in the near future to build a wheel and listen to that podcast. Thanks, @merziac...
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These parts and that bike are incredible. It's well beyond my means, but I trust that they will end up in a good home. It's also news to me that member pcb passed away -- I always enjoyed his participation. I look forward to having a quiet moment in the near future to build a wheel and listen to that podcast. Thanks, @merziac...
I don't think it was widely broadcast here, I had been in contact earlier and knew he was having a tough time.

This whole C+V thing is a fair bit less interesting but I know he would insist we carry on without him.
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I own the wheels, except, they are velodrome wheels. Built by a Portland master for his daughter to take to the Nationals. Gold Suzue Pro Max hubs (double sided rear) laced to GL330 rims and tied and soldered with the neatest ties you ever saw. As true as you will ever see. Not race wheels; 330s are way too heavy, but A1 gorgeous wheels for warming up in style.
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I own the wheels, except, they are velodrome wheels. Built by a Portland master for his daughter to take to the Nationals. Gold Suzue Pro Max hubs (double sided rear) laced to GL330 rims and tied and soldered with the neatest ties you ever saw. As true as you will ever see. Not race wheels; 330s are way too heavy, but A1 gorgeous wheels for warming up in style.
I'd love to see some photos! The 3Rensho has Suntour Superbe-branded gold hubs. I think the rims were gold once, too, but the ano on them wore off. Fun fact, that 3Rensho was featured in a 1980s coffeetable book about racing bicycles. I'm including a copy of the book with the sale of the bike.

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If only they were 175 cranks!
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unimpressive but affordable 3Rensho frame
Is an unimpressive 3Rensho frame something that exists?
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Is an unimpressive 3Rensho frame something that exists?
in the case of this one, it turned out to be quite impressive (Yamaguchi made it himself) but I didnít see and appreciate the finer details of it until I had it in hand and could inspect it up close.
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These, and the 3Rensho bike, are now SOLD
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Gorgeous stuff. Glad they sold and I hope the new owner finds an appropriate frame to use them on. While I haven't seen components like that in person I have seen some wonderful Dia Compe Royal Gran Compe black and gold brake sets. And yes, drooling resulted. The set I saw was a gift given to a bike shop owner after he toured the manufacturing facility in Japan. He said it was a complete surprise but after the tour, the host handed him a presentation box with the very special components. He never even opened the box to touch them. Not sure I could have resisted!
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Gorgeous stuff. Glad they sold and I hope the new owner finds an appropriate frame to use them on. While I haven't seen components like that in person I have seen some wonderful Dia Compe Royal Gran Compe black and gold brake sets. And yes, drooling resulted. The set I saw was a gift given to a bike shop owner after he toured the manufacturing facility in Japan. He said it was a complete surprise but after the tour, the host handed him a presentation box with the very special components. He never even opened the box to touch them. Not sure I could have resisted!
I've seen that model before, I think they were spec'd on the top-level Cannondale Black Lightning bikes that had all black and gold Suntour Superbe Pro components. Really stunning stuff!
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