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Old 02-01-23, 05:44 PM
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Unusual Suntour DT shifters

Not on velobase and I have never seen them before. Very cool. Then I figured out that it might have been one of the early VX/7 models without the black rubber covers. Bingo. Beautiful casting.


The Grandis it is on is a lovely bike in Italy...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/33430146516...d19c%7Ciid%3A1
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Very cool - I love the 8s along the edge. Crazy to think they were covered in rubber!
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Dawg, still shopping for deals from Italy?
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
Dawg, still shopping for deals from Italy?
Four times good, one time oops.
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Are those eights, or a stylized bike chain?
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
Are those eights, or a stylized bike chain?
I think just a design...not sure what 8 would signify. Maybe chain links. Itís just pretty cool.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Not on velobase and I have never seen them before. Very cool. Then I figured out that it might have been one of the early VX/7 models without the black rubber covers. Bingo. Beautiful casting.
One of those levers, just the lever and nothing else, was on eBay a few years ago and because it was interesting and I had never seen one I bought it.
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One of those levers, just the lever and nothing else, was on eBay a few years ago and because it was interesting and I had never seen one before I bought it.
Its because those little rubber finger mats last forever I guess.
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I'm not gonna pull these off.
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Appears to be Suntour Cyclone MK1 and yes they had black rubber covers.

https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.a...104&AbsPos=398

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Actually, I have been good about not collecting things I do not need, but I made an exception for one of these.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
I think just a design...not sure what 8 would signify. Maybe chain links. Itís just pretty cool.
It could be an "8." Suntour has "8.8.8." stamped in the early Perfect freewheels.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
It could be an "8." Suntour has "8.8.8." stamped in the early Perfect freewheels.
Just which one I do not remember but in one of the Asian languages the pronunciation sound of the number eight sounds the same as the word meaning " luck ".

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To boot, the shop decal isn't exactly chopped liver.
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Iíve got a set on a Raleigh and one loose one as a key fob.

The rubber also came in white.
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Unusual Suntour DT shifters

Anyone care to guess how many of these "Unusual Suntour DT shifters" SunTour made? 10s of thousands? 6 digits? (No fair - I came on to this thread late so I know those rare shifters are just hanging out hiding in those black sleeves.)

Big fan of SunTour here. Not sure if I ever had those shifters though. I think the Power Ratchets were my introduction. The Fuji Pro I raced had them also. Mooney started with them and reverted back for its graven days. My TiCycles has the top mounted Suberbe DTs.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Iíve got a set on a Raleigh and one loose one as a key fob.

The rubber also came in white.
Good suggestion! I had never seen one like it, was impressed by its looks, got just the lever for small money and figured I would hang on the wall, but yeah, it could serve as a key fob and I will keep that in mind, thank you.
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Anyone care to guess how many of these "Unusual Suntour DT shifters" SunTour made? 10s of thousands? 6 digits? (No fair - I came on to this thread late so I know those rare shifters are just hanging out hiding in those black sleeves.)

Big fan of SunTour here. Not sure if I ever had those shifters though. I think the Power Ratchets were my introduction. The Fuji Pro I raced had them also. Mooney started with them and reverted back for its graven days. My TiCycles has the top mounted Suberbe DTs.
Yeah. I had been so entranced with the Campy type copy I of the embossed and engraved areas that I completely did not think of the black covers until I had posted the thread.

Then I went to Velobase and it hit me.
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