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Eulogy for a 1977 Suntour Cyclone GT derailleur

Old 11-25-12, 03:58 PM
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Eulogy for a 1977 Suntour Cyclone GT derailleur

This is what can happen when a pretty good size branch flies up into a chain at full speed. It was a good and trusted friend.

For a weekly ride on the main trail of Virginia Beach's First Landing State Park (formerly Seashore State Park), I have my 77 Nishiki International setup as a tourist / roadster / hybrid -- it's a go-everywhere, do-anything, daily driver setup. With slightly wider and slightly knobbier tires, even the park trail's mix of gravel, rooted trails and small, sandy hills is no problem for the International. Just the right branch, of just the right size, flying up into the chain... that's another story.

Oh well, good day for the two-mile walk home!

Anyone have a Suntour Cyclone GT they'd like to sell to the cause? Anyone think this can be repaired?

PS: The International with it's Cyclone intact, earlier this fall in Colonial Williamsburg.

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No Cyclone, but if you can use any of my spare VGT parts (like the lower cage - minus pulleys), you're welcome to them! Shoot me a PM.
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That sucker is toast. Such things will happen sometimes--I did something very similar to a nice VGT Luxe this spring. When you find a new (used) one, be sure to save the old one for the adjusting screws, barrels, etc.

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Keep the GT pulley cage off of that one if it's any good. You can buy a short cage version cheaper and swap the long cage onto it. Also, good to keep the toasted model for spare parts, especially if the chrome is nice on the bolts.
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Those are great derailleurs -- I have a short cage version on my Peugeot. Whenever I scrap any bicycle or component, I always save all of the screws, fitments, and other bits. My current Bianchi has the bottom bracket lockring from my first Bianchi, and I was able to replace a missing Agrati pedal dustcap on Capo #2 because I had saved them from Capo #0.
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I am very sorry for the loss of your Cyclone GT (first gen)!! I also love mine on my go-everywhere, do everything bike. I have a first gen regular cyclone for parts if you want it (except, see below).

My GT has the replacement tensioning spring out of the self-same regular Cyclone and I don't think it has quite the same tension as the GT, as I get more chain slap now. If your GT is bound for the dustbin please consider helping a fellow GT extend it's brave life by contributing your tensioning spring. If not to me, then to some other deserving soul.

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