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Vintage Components - SunTour rear derailleurs

See also: SunTour front derailleurs | SunTour shift levers

On this page: XC long-cage | Superbe long-cage | Sprint 9000 short-cage | SunTour AG super-wide-range

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Suntour XC rear wide-range derailleur, approximately 1985. New old stock, $70.00

Part# RD-81-02

This is a simple, no-nonsense, supremely reliable wide-range rear derailleur.

We purchased this derailleur new, for shop stock, many years ago.

When mountain bikes first hit, SunTour's answer was the MounTech. After listening to customers, SunTour redesigned it's high-end mountain bike rear derailleur and this XC rear was the result. Some called it over-designed. That's just fine with us. When you're out on the trail, strong and reliable are what you want.

It shifts well, has a 36-tooth rear cog capacity. This is a friction derailleur, made for traditional 3/32" chains.

SunTour XC rear derailleur

Though it has a few scratches, it is new and has spent the decades in our parts bin.

SunTour XC rear derailleur

From the back. Its newness can be clearly seen. No chain or spoke scratches.

SunTour Superbe II long-cage friction rear derailleur. used $70.00

Part # RD-82-02

This derailleur was produced from the early to mid-1980s.

SunTour's part number is RD-5800.

We overhauled the pulleys before posting this derailleur for sale.

SunTour Superb rear derailleur

This angle shows the moving parts and their good condition.

SunTour Superbe rear derailleur

From the back. The pulleys look almost new.

SunTour rear derailleur

Detail shot of the parallelogram front.

SunTour Sprint 9000 rear derailleur. used $100.00

Part# RD-83

SunTour part#: RD-SP10-SSB

In 1987 SunTour redesigned the Sprint components. The rear derailleur got a new cage, parallelogram and name. It became the Sprint 9000. This new derailleur was produced from 1987 until 1990.

It will index 6 & 7 speed Accushift Winner Pro freewheels with the correct Sun Tour indexing levers.

SunTour meant for the Sprint components compete against Shimano 600 and to fit between Sun Tour Superbe Pro and Cyclone lines.

Weight: 200 grams.

Suntour sprint 9000 rear derailleur

The pulleys show how little use this derailleur has had.

SunTour Sprint 9000 rear derailleur

And just as nice from the back.

SunTour AG Tech RD-5000 super wide-range rear derailleur. Used, $50.00

Part# RD-84

In the early 1980s SunTour began producing extraordinarily wide-range freewheels, topping out at a 14-38 five-speed monster. That 38-toothed cog probably remains the largest rear cog to have been commercially available.

But how do you move the chain around such a stump-pulling gearset? The answer was the SunTour AG (for "Alpine Gear") rear derailleur. We believe this derailleur was produced from the late 1970s into the early 1980s.

Our AG Tech is the summit of Sun Tour's wide-range derailleur production. We admit it's not pretty. But it is supremely effective. Though designed for 5-speed rear cogsets, on some bikes it is said to be capable of managing 8 or 9-speed cassettes.

It is almost entirely steel, except for the rear parallelogram body.

Ours includes a SunTour hanger-clamp for a bike without a rear dropout/hanger.

Before posting it for sale we overhauled this derailleur.

SunTour AG rear

The derailleur was made to work on the big stuff.

SunTour AG rear derailleur

From the back.

SunTour AG rear

Detail shot of the cage. It has been used, but it has many more mountains left in it.