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Old 10-24-11, 09:41 AM
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Suntour Barcons

I picked up a pair of Suntour barcons from the co-op. What makes these so special that they fetch prices up to $76.00 on eBay?

Sure, they are nice, but are they really that nice?
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Old 10-24-11, 09:53 AM
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They're no longer produced. eBay can be a crazy place.
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One of the C&Vers described them (as I remember) as one of the most perfect mechanical designs in existence. Having used a pair for a while, I can see where that comment comes from. That said, $76 is a bit steep. For reference, I got mine for $35 for the pair at a swap meet.
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They work. But you have to make sure they have all the hardware on the ends or the screw will back out.
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Old 10-24-11, 09:57 AM
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They do have a very nice feel to them, nicer than the current production Shimanos, but they lack indexing, obviously. They're also very durable and with the exception of having the tendency to lose the outer locknut, they're virtually indestructible.
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Old 10-24-11, 09:59 AM
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groooannnn...Before I became more parts-savvy, I drilled out a set of vintage SunTour barcons to remove them from my handlebars...dumb, dumb, dumb...
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Lemme see if I have any extras to throw on ebay if they are fetching that price. Wow. I don't know about the value but when I needed one I put a want ad on Craig's and someone about 5 miles from me dug it out of his parts bin and gave it to me. Nice.

The good part is they do what the ebay ad says. I put some on to use with an 8 speed Campy drivetrain and they worked great. I may put them on something else with 9 speed Shimano. I like em.
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Old 10-24-11, 10:03 AM
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groooannnn...Before I became more parts-savvy, I drilled out a set of vintage SunTour barcons to remove them from my handlebars...dumb, dumb, dumb...
Ouch. I recall a couple of years ago a friend brought me some handle bars with said shifters attached and said, "you seem to know about bikes, how can I get these darn things off?". It is not obvious, huh.
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Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
Lemme see if I have any extras to throw on ebay if they are fetching that price. Wow. I don't know about the value but when I needed one I put a want ad on Craig's and someone about 5 miles from me dug it out of his parts bin and gave it to me.
Hold on there, pardner, that price was for a NOS set. Good used sets typically sell for under $40. I got both sets of barcons in my fleet off of fleabay and never paid more than $35 a pair.
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I have them on my bike and my sons, we love them and luckily managed to get them free off bikes I flipped
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They are great, but +1 for being <$40.

IMO, silver shifters work better than the SunTours.
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I have them on my Sekai and love them, in my area you never see barcons so I'd guess that price wouldn't be steep at all here.
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Old 10-24-11, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
Hold on there, pardner, that price was for a NOS set. Good used sets typically sell for under $40. I got both sets of barcons in my fleet off of fleabay and never paid more than $35 a pair.
I see the auction as "used"...
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Old 10-24-11, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by JReade View Post
I see the auction as "used"...
Ha! I stand corrected, my bad. Indeed, $76 for used Barcons is steep. Notice the seller did his homework and wrote out a very thoughtful descpription of them, and also employed that rather crass routine of embedding high-zoot keywords into the description for the sole purpose of boosting his hit rate. Those definitely help get the most out of your auctions!

My mistake comes from recently seeing a NOS set of barcons fetch $92.
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Old 10-24-11, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
Ha! I stand corrected, my bad. Indeed, $76 for used Barcons is steep. Notice the seller did his homework and wrote out a very thoughtful descpription of them, and also employed that rather crass routine of embedding high-zoot keywords into the description for the sole purpose of boosting his hit rate. Those definitely help get the most out of your auctions!

My mistake comes from recently seeing a NOS set of barcons fetch $92.
Hmmmm adding those clamps, guides, cables, and housing is a good way to up the price with little expense!
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Old 10-24-11, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
IMO, silver shifters work better than the SunTours.
Interesting. I also have a pair of silvers. Was debating on which pair to use for my wife's Peugeot.
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Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
Ouch. I recall a couple of years ago a friend brought me some handle bars with said shifters attached and said, "you seem to know about bikes, how can I get these darn things off?". It is not obvious, huh.
Reverse threads get you every time.
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I swapped mine out for a newer set of shimano ones and never looked back. They work so much better... flame suit on..
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Just a bidding war, I guess.

Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
Good used sets typically sell for under $40.
Agreed.

I got a pair of take-offs, still waiting to be mounted on something.
And I really like the pair shifting a wide-range 8-speed SRAM cluster.
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And I really like the pair shifting a wide-range 8-speed SRAM cluster.
Same here! They handle my wide-range Shimano 8-speed no problems, and trimming is very easy.
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I use a little bit of clear silicone sealer on the outer locknuts, haven't lost one yet.
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I use a little bit of clear silicone sealer on the outer locknuts, haven't lost one yet.
Or blue loctite on the threads, and they will stay put.
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Any idea where I can find a rubber cover for one?
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Any idea where I can find a rubber cover for one?

Ebay https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=....c0.m270.l1313

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