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Show me your Suntour Superbe/Superbe Pro

Old 12-16-20, 09:39 AM
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I was restoring a Zeus missing its derailleurs and found these at a swap meet sponsored by Cascade bicycle club in Olympia, WA. Also, my Expedition Touring has Superbe brake levers, shift levers and crankset, Will try to get some good pics and add them to this thread. Included pic of the Zeus shift levers just because they are cool. Don

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Originally Posted by alexihnen
All Superbe Gilmour...except the Gran Compe brake calipers - to be replaced with Superbes soon.





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I was restoring a Zeus missing its derailleurs and found these at a swap meet sponsored by Cascade bicycle club in Olympia, WA. Also, my Expedition Touring has Superbe brake levers, shift levers and crankset, Will try to get some good pics and add them to this thread. Included pic of the Zeus shift levers just because they are cool. Don

Early Superbe Pro


This is getting serious....I guess this is why it's called "Superbe".
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I contributed early in the post with a Superbe Pro set on a Pinarello. It was stripped and now is mounted on a Trek 760 that was a $100 purchase with a number of Campagnolo parts, a frankenbike. This was back in 2014. Just installed the Superbe Pro on it in the last couple of weeks. The frame is, well l.....
Rides incredibly well? And it is the lightest of my small collection.
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Old 12-16-20, 11:03 AM
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Superbe Pro crankset on Suntour BB
Superbe Pro FD/RD
Superbe Pro calipers
Superbe brake levers
Not pictured: Superbe Pro pedals
Suntour GPX hubs.
I'd have Superbe or Superbe Pro shifters, but the posts are Shimano "B."

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Old 12-16-20, 12:10 PM
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Really need to take some better pictures.


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Seat post Superbe, RD Superbe Pro w Perfect freewheel.
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Old 05-08-21, 10:29 PM
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I came across this thread tonight while searching for something else. As of last month, I have a bike that qualifies for this thread.

This bike was built up with Superbe in 1979. I think the only non Superbe parts are the seatpost and rear derailleur. All of it is in near new condition.

The Superbe rear derailleur was included with the bike, but never installed. The owner went with the Cyclone GT for more gearing options.









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Originally Posted by Roger M
I came across this thread tonight while searching for something else. As of last month, I have a bike that qualifies for this thread.

This bike was built up with Superbe in 1979. I think the only non Superbe parts are the seatpost and rear derailleur. All of it is in near new condition.

The Superbe rear derailleur was included with the bike, but never installed. The owner went with the Cyclone GT for more gearing options.


wow.. those parts are in great shape! Wonderful!
That frame is pretty nice (and huge) too! Care to share any details about it?

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Thanks Steve in Peoria. Here's a link to the thread on it.

Green Giant: 1979 Michael Johnson
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Originally Posted by masi61
This perception is part of why these components are ignored by a lot of people. Personally, I really like the blockiness of the rear derailleurs. The XC pro short cage is a fantastic performing component, better in many ways than my modern Ultegra and Dura Ace derailleurs. I have an improvised superbe pro wheelset - an xc 9000 hub in the front and a Superbe Pro accushift 8 speed cassette in the rear. The gears are shifted with 7/8 speed Command Accushift levers. The cranks are dura ace 7410 with Salsa chainrings and Shimano Sante' chainring bolts. Front derailleur is SunTour Cyclone 7000. The chain is an 8 speed stainless steel Wipperman. The 8 speed rear cassette did not exist until a wide range 7 speed got an extra cog and spacer added to it to make it an 8. Not even the last version of accushift cog teeth. The cogs are cut straight with no ramps. Once adjusted, it shifts spot on, much more positive shifting than my other period index shifting bike.
Suntours XC pro mountain bike drivetrain components from the late 80s early 90s (not the brakes - shimano's were much better) were far superior than what Shimano had out at the time IMO. Loved the thumbshifters still my favorite MTB drivetrain components. Unfortunately the brakes and their 'grease guard' hubs were not so hot and I always swapped those out for XTR/XT.
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At the time, Shimano meant 'planned obsolescence' to me in a way that seemed just rude. The Crane stuff wasn't that impressive anyway and Superbe came along--like jewelry. I wanted Campagnolo but this was cheaper and shifted a little better. Now Superbe is hard to come by and Nuovo Record can be cheap by comparison.


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Just picked up this '85 Schwinn Peloton- Superbe Pro, really like the downtube levers, very light but accurate feel




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I'm just bumping this thread hoping someone has something else to share... I am inspired!

Any full pictures of that Gilmour, alexihnen ?
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I picked this up for no real reason other than that I thought they looked cool in c. 1986. I’m no closer to finding a use for it now than I was when I bought it…





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This Nishiki ONP was purchased new by my dad in 1977. When he passed in 1998, it joined my stable, but was mostly neglected until early 2020. I stripped the frame of its mish-mask of parts, and rebuilt it in the style it deserved - Suntour Superbe.



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Originally Posted by seagrade
I picked this up for no real reason other than that I thought they looked cool in c. 1986. Im no closer to finding a use for it now than I was when I bought it

Yep, I bought one for the same reason, although it is the long cage version with the sprung pivot. It is SunTour's effort to mimic the Huret Duopar. Neat concept, but reported to be quite problematic when actually used. For that reason, it has found a home in my parts box. To be honest, it's probably time for it to find a new home.





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Finally got all the superbe pro bits together and put on my 89 paramount - what a fun bike.

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I'm still trying to figure out what this thing actually is (suggestions were made the frame might have been manufactured by Matsu****a / Panasonic), but it came equipped with Suntour Superbe / Pro components (excluding the seatpost, which was apparently stuck and removed by the original owner, and the handlebar, which is Kusuki Medallion). And the famous / infamous Suntour Superbe Pro decals with the hang glider. Anyhow, after few weeks of cleaning up, getting things unstuck etc. I have put it back together. Still a bit of work in progress but all works and works very well, so happy about it.

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A set of Super Champion wheels with Superbe high flange hubs as found on a $50 clunker bike. I cleaned them up , tuned them, put new stickers and tires on the rims , and riding the heck out of them on my 1972 Mondia Special

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I can add a few more to this revived thread I guess...

Raleigh Team USA- All Superbe except for the crank. Currently set up for light gravel use.





Bianchi Trofeo- Superbe derailleurs and shifters.





Krapf Bike- Superbe Crankarms, brakes, RD, shifters





And these Superbe hubbed, Arc En Ciel rimmed tubular wheels are now on my Fuji III which is fully Superbe adorned.

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Old 04-17-23, 11:42 AM
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Nice!! I guess I should've posted after and on the bike.


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It was a sad day when this hub let go. These were a favorite set of wheels.



Crack is at 6:30 here.
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I have a Cdn Talbot with Suntour Vx drivetrain but Superbe brakes (post count < 10 so can't post pics yet). At some point it lost its drop handlebars and brake levers which I assume would have been Superbe as well, too bad.
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