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Suntour Lepree vs LePreel

Old 09-04-20, 12:29 PM
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Suntour Lepree vs LePreel

So I have this here Suntour LePreel rear derailleur. I always thought they were LePree? What's the difference?

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Old 09-04-20, 12:57 PM
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Like Spirt vs. Sprint(?).
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I've never seen this variation. It appears as Le Pree in SunTour catalogues 62 and 63, having replaced BL. The ones I've owned were also labelled Le Pree.
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Possibly for a non-US market where "pree" was offensive?
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I know it was marketed as Le Pree in Japan, based on extant Japanese catalogues. So, that would be the first choice for the group name in other countries.
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Found this post from a few years ago about a Canadian model Fuji.... fuji bike identification. - Bike Forums. LaPree is a French surname so maybe there were some legal issues with using the name in Quebec so they tacked the "L" on the end of it to get around them.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
Found this post from a few years ago about a Canadian model Fuji.... fuji bike identification. - Bike Forums. LaPree is a French surname so maybe there were some legal issues with using the name in Quebec so they tacked the "L" on the end of it to get around them.
Interesting. It was on a Fuji. I should have mentioned that. I was going to throw it on Ebay but now I don't know. I have the front derailleur too but the letters were mostly worn off that chrome surface.

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