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Where to find Suntour Mountech Tri-pulley?

Old 09-04-17, 10:13 AM
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Where to find Suntour Mountech Tri-pulley?

In restoring a vintage bike you always come to that moment when in sourcing parts-unobtainium.

Such is the case for my Nishiki Cresta grand touring bike currently under reconstruction, it came with a unique and funky rear derailleur the Suntour Mountech Tri-pulley. Yes, it has three pulleys which allowed a longer length of chain to be wrapped and the derailleur arm to be raised a little higher to be safer from damage. From threads in the forum people are well pleased with this derailleur and note that its innovation worked for its time.

But with all vintage restorations that time has passed and finding a source for a part that was unique in its age is....

So any help, suggestions, secret places to look you can recommend would be greatly appreciated.

And since I have none, sorry can't post a picture of this derailleur, other that from this catalogue page.

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OK que up the "Outer Limits' theme music.

So on a wild final look I Googled "For Sale Suntour Mountech Tri-Pulley" which is what the catalog says is the rear derailleur for this bike. Up came images and then the "Outer Limits" music began to play when I found:

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So should I be looking for these models instead of the "Tri-Pulley"? Was "Tri-Pulley" just ad copy and not the name of an actual Suntour model, while these are the Suntour models that are actually "Tri-Pulleys"?
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Suntour made a few different models of their Mechs with the third pulley
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In restoring a vintage bike you always come to that moment when in sourcing parts-unobtainium.

Such is the case for my Nishiki Cresta grand touring bike currently under reconstruction, it came with a unique and funky rear derailleur the Suntour Mountech Tri-pulley. Yes, it has three pulleys which allowed a longer length of chain to be wrapped and the derailleur arm to be raised a little higher to be safer from damage. From threads in the forum people are well pleased with this derailleur and note that its innovation worked for its time.

But with all vintage restorations that time has passed and finding a source for a part that was unique in its age is....

So any help, suggestions, secret places to look you can recommend would be greatly appreciated.

And since I have none, sorry can't post a picture of this derailleur, other that from this catalogue page.

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Are you looking for pulleys, or a complete derailleur?
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It happens, sometimes the stars align and if we are wise we take the journey given (that's the totality of the recent eclipse and the moment of the "Diamond" when the sun's first edge reappears out of the moon's shadow).

That part is no longer available and is on its way here.

Thanks so much for the lead on the 3-pulley, I will have a back up NOS Suntour Mountech single pulley if this is too funky/doesn't work, but again thanks.
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