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Old 02-20-06, 07:07 AM
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SR Suntour

hey, I heard that this company was once a good company and I wondered what happened to it? Anyway check out its 2006 XC-Pro fork, looks promising and also see its parellogram seatpost. I wonder if anyone used any of their products??
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Old 02-20-06, 07:45 AM
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I've got SR Suntour cranks on my Zaskar and they're rubbish. Can't take them apart for maintenance at all, which is pretty useless if you're anywhere close to a hard rider.
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Old 02-20-06, 07:52 AM
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Well what about Trail rider anyway, im more interested in the Forks.
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I have an Suntour XC60 fork on my decommisioned Giant (now commuter). It was never great on the trails, but at the price, and considering how badly I treated the thing, it's not all bad.
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"Suntour" was a famous and innovative parts maker going back to the early 1900's - They invented the now-standard slant parallelogram rear derailleur in the mid '60s - by the 70's and 80's they, along with Shimano, were the dominant Japanese component maker, but they stumbled when MTB became big and Shimano introduced indexed shifting.

In the late 80's/early 90's they were bought out/merged with Sakae Ringyo (the "SR" bit) and are now known mainly for low-end parts.
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I beleive SunTour was just purchased by SRAM/RockShox. This buyout may be limited to the rim/wheel division. But I'm certain I saw an article on this, perhaps it was on this forum.
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My browser is terrible at providing well defined links, so I'll post a search that will provide some history of Suntour. Try this search on the internet:
Sunset for SunTour (author) Frank J. Berto
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They now make terrible components. Although, my front derailleur, an SR Suntour, works fairly well.
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I think Suntour is one of those companys if you just do a couple of rides a month, and very light ridding. More for a kids bike in my opinion.
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I picked up a couple of used bikes recently that have SunTour components. One is a mountain bike, the other a Giant mountain/hybrid set up. In both instances SunTour components perform well. These are used bikes that are about 4 to 6 years old, with 7X3 speed, trigger shifter components.
To be honest, I'd rather find a SunTour system than a low end, Shimano Tourney system on a bike.
I also have a SunTour 3000 suspension fork. It's a low end fork that is, IMHO, better than the RST equivalent.
I would not buy a new 1K bike with Suntour components, but on a budget bike, I think you're getting better quality for equal dollars.
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It' really a shame to see Suntour making only low-end components these days. In the 70's and 80's they made great working road components . Their finish rivaled Campy's in smoothness and used sealed cartridge bearings .Then Shimano killed them with better shifting at cheaper prices . I hate Shimano for destroying them . I wish somebody else made a good 8-speed shifter . The XT 8-speed shifter is perfection at work .

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I think my XC60 fork is rubbish.
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It' really a shame to see Suntour making only low-end components these days. In the 70's and 80's they made great working road components . Their finish rivaled Campy's in finish and used sealed cartridge bearings .Then Shimano killed them with better shifting at cheaper prices . I hate Shimano for destroying them . I wish somebody else made a good 8-speed shifter . The XT 8-speed shifter is perfection at work .
You won't have to wait long, SRAM is going right at the Shimano deraileur/shifter market.
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Originally Posted by roccobike
I beleive SunTour was just purchased by SRAM/RockShox. This buyout may be limited to the rim/wheel division. But I'm certain I saw an article on this, perhaps it was on this forum.
I could be wrong, but I think you're refering to the Hayes purchase of Sun Ringle (different entirely from SR Suntour).
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yeah, it is sad if you think about it, a company which used to dominate the market is now producing low end components
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