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Old 01-13-18, 02:33 PM   #1
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86 Touring Series V Back From Tour

Just received my 86 Fuji Touring Series V that came back from a tour. I gave it to a fella a few years ago so he could commute and tour on it. Where he went I am not sure, but it came back with a few more scratches and chips, and a bad rear brake and der. cable. That is it! Fortunately I had enough foresight to substitute a down and dirty Sugino AT crank for the pristine one that was on it. The great thing is that the wheels are original and not a single broken spoke or any major truing needed. Only the top pulley on the rear der. is chewed up and needs replacement. Not sure how that will ever happen as those pulley wheels are unobtanium.
It was a great bike then, and is a great bike now, still pulling loaded touring duty and commuting. Well, she's back and will be tuned up yet this winter and ready for someone else to ride. Just may sell it, but it has been mine from the start and it is tough to part with.
What is so sweet about seeing the bike again is that the kid kept his word and returned it when he was ready to move on. There really are good, honest people out there that keep their word!
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If you don't already, you should have the borrowers take pics of your bike in different locales. Seems it would add to the experience.
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What derailleur is it that makes replacing its pulley impossible?
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SunTour jockey wheels are tough to find -- they're different than Shimano. Tooth count and bore size.
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Only the top pulley on the rear der. is chewed up and needs replacement. Not sure how that will ever happen as those pulley wheels are unobtanium.
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What derailleur is it that makes replacing its pulley impossible?
It looks like the 1986 Fuji TS-V came with a Mountech.

The 2nd gen Mountech came with a normal pulley- you can use pretty much any replacement pulley for the jockey wheel. However, the 1st gen Mountech has an enclosed, spring loaded pulley. It's that "feature" that causes that unit to fail.

There are some people who want to keep things "stock" to the detriment of functionality or even safety- IMO, the 1st gen Mountech is a poor derailleur. There are SO many other units that would be SO much more reliable and shift just as well (if not better) than this unit. Because the upper pulley is enclosed AND the pulley has a spring loaded mechanism- it's not very easily serviced. The idea of "servicing" a derailleur doesn't go far beyond cleaning for me- but a 1st gen Mountech has internal parts that need to be lubed at some time. And those very same parts can collect dirt and grit and wear out- where any ordinary derailleur won't; and that dirt and grit is what kills those derailleurs (and rear wheels).

Suntour was obsessed with the triple pivot derailleurs based on the Huret Duopar and tried to do it even better. I'm not a engineer or bicycle expert- but I'm a dork that loves to play with stuff. I have 2 bikes that I've removed Duopars from. I currently have one bike with a triple pivot LeTech on it. IMO- Any of the slant paralellogram ATB/Touring derailleurs that I have function as well, if not better than the 1st gen Mountech. For a friction derailleur, and excellent shifting and ruggedness and exemplary chain wrap and simply effing cool looking- the Suntour triple pulley derailleurs are the cat's pyjamas. The XC, XC Sport, LePree and MII Cyclone are the best. I was using an triple pulley XC on my 1985 Trek 720- if I hadn't done a 10 speed conversion on it- that's the unit that would have stayed on there. The two friction bikes I have are 1970s bikes that I don't think they stylistically go together.

Sorry to go on the anti-Mountech rant- it really is a poor derailleur, it really did contribute to the crash of Suntour in several different ways and the unnecessary complications didn't improve the unit- they made it worse. I think the Mountech front derailleur is one of the very best front derailleurs ever made for triples. The 2nd generation Mountech (with the script logo screening) is a pretty decent derailleur- but any ATB/Touring slant parallelogram derailleur would be better than the 1st gen Mountech. The TS-V is a world class tourer- to that end it should have top quality components on it. IMO- a MII Cyclone GT, XC or the later XC Pro and XC Comp and the XC triple pulley would be my Suntour choices on there- I'd even say the top end Shimano RDs would be better than the 1st gen Mountech- the XT M730/735, the Deore MT-60/MT-62, Deore DX M650 would be fantastic.

I've never ridden a Fuji Touring Series bike- I would totally love to at least give one a go. There's so many thoughtful features to the bikes and they've got that gorgeous teal color that's irresistible to me.
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