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Old 11-16-09, 06:53 PM
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Suntour Cyclone

Hi all, I picked up a Suntour Cylcone groupo at a local swap meet last weekend and was wonering if they are an improvement over the old Shimano Acera groupo. I will ty and post up pictures later on.
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Old 11-16-09, 06:57 PM
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Cyclone stuff is held in pretty high esteem. Suntour made quality parts that are lower cost and work as well or better than comparable Shimano or Campagnolo components, in my opinion. Cyclone was second-to-top (only Superbe was higher) in Suntour's lineup. Great dependable, light weight, workhorse parts. I would imagine that it would be a large improvement over Shimano Acera components, assuming the Suntour is in good working order.

Good score to you and pics are always appreciated.
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+1 Nice upgrade. Do a search on Suntour hierarchy, its posted on another thread, Cyclone is pretty far up the list.
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Or search "sunset for suntour" on google
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Cyclones,whether they are the first gen version or the later one, are some of the best bang for the buck components that came our in the late 70's & 80's. Unfortunately they have risen quite a bit in value in the secondary market it is not unusual to see some Cyclone MkII RDs now going for close to $100. At least it's certainly not silly money to get a derailleur that works very well unlike some now very expensive classic Euro components that seem to just have "legends" tagged on to them but don't work anywhere nearly as well as the Cyclones........uhmmmm..........Jubilee anyone??!

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I'm a big fan. I've got Cyclone on 2 out of 3 of my derailleur'd bikes.
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Have owned Cyclone, Sprint and Superbe...

Cyclone = Slightly Better Than 105 back in the day...IMHO
Sprint = Slightly Better Than 600 back in the day...IMHO
Superbe = Quality and Price Wise - went head to head with Campy Super Record and Dura Ace...IMHO.

Strong point with those Suntour products more than anything else was durability.

...and as I've said many time here before...the Superbe sealed cartridge bearing pedals - track and road - best pedals EVER!!!

=8-)
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I love the black bodied 1st gen ones


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Originally Posted by mrrabbit View Post
Have owned Cyclone, Sprint and Superbe...

Cyclone = Slightly Better Than 105 back in the day...IMHO
Sprint = Slightly Better Than 600 back in the day...IMHO
Superbe = Quality and Price Wise - went head to head with Campy Super Record and Dura Ace...IMHO.

Strong point with those Suntour products more than anything else was durability.

...and as I've said many time here before...the Superbe sealed cartridge bearing pedals - track and road - best pedals EVER!!!

=8-)
My oppinion too.
Vx series were also good
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If I were not so uppity about keeping my Bianchi all-Italian and period-correct, I would replace its 1980 NR rear derailleur with a Cyclone, which is a much better-engineered unit. At least the Campagnolo front derailleur is as good as any of its contemporaries.
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If I were not so uppity about keeping my Bianchi all-Italian and period-correct, I would replace its 1980 NR rear derailleur with a Cyclone, which is a much better-engineered unit...
You can put the Suntour on to ride it, and leave the Campy safe at home in a box.
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Old 11-17-09, 05:57 PM
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Thats the one got. I paid 20 bucks for the front and rear derailluer, cranks, rear freewheel brake calipers and levers.
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you got Cyclone Brakes and Cranks too?!?!

you Must post pics.

I am way jealous, I have been coveting a full group of Cyclone components, and thats as near a full group as you can get... they didn't make cyclone headsets or BB's in the 1st generation. and 20 bux!?! Thats incredible.
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Old 11-17-09, 07:22 PM
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I advertised a Cyclone 7000 group here (calipers, pedals, shifters, FD, RD, crankset) and got no takers, not even an offer. I threw in a GPX crankset and some Exage stuff and it was gone to a well-deserving lad. From what I understand, he likes it just fine.
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Some from my Suntour "mutt":






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Old 11-17-09, 10:34 PM
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My bad, it is a Sugino A5 crankset after going to look at it again. Have to check the brakes again to be sure now too.
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I have a partial Cyclone group. 1st or second generation (no black body) Front & rear derailleurs,
brakes and bottom bracket.
I believe Cyclone was top of the line when it first came out (before Superbe was offered).

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The little Edge 4050 group works well also. Does anyone know how the Superbe or Cyclone components might be superior except for possibly less weight?
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I believe Cyclone was top of the line when it first came out (before Superbe was offered).

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For the first 2 or 3 years it was top-of-the-line.


Was there a black bodied 1st gen Cyclone FD?
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I have a partial Cyclone group. 1st or second generation (no black body) Front & rear derailleurs,
brakes and bottom bracket.
I believe Cyclone was top of the line when it first came out (before Superbe was offered).

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I've always considered Suntour's Superbe = Campy's SR and Suntour's Cyclone = Campy's NR, but the Suntours work much better in both cases, of course!

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Nice little set there. The FD is from the mid 80's, its Cyclone MKII (not to be confused with 2nd gen. Cyclone). The RD is either a 1st or 2nd gen. Short Cage Cyclone.

Not sure about the brakes, I can't make out what it says on the caliper in those pics.

Pretty darn good for 20 bux!
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Unfortunately they have risen quite a bit in value in the secondary market it is not unusual to see some Cyclone MkII RDs now going for close to $100.
The only Suntour Cyclone auction (for any component) in recent eBay record that exceed $46.00 was an NOS front and rear set of fiirst-gen Cyclone GT derailers. Hardly a single Cyclone RD of any generation exceeded $25 - only two sold in the $35-45 range, excluding the NOS set.

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...and yet the Superbe stuff commands a serious premium.


I always find it funny how so much early Dura-Ace hardware goes for pennies on the dollar....Might be time to build me a dura-ace bike.
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