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Vintage Components - SunTour rear derailleurs

See also: SunTour front derailleurs

On this page: SunTour XC long-cage derailleur | SunTour Superbe Pro long-cage derailleur

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Suntour XC rear wide-range derailleur, approximately 1985. used $80.00

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

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

The spoke-side derailleur cage plate is steel. Total derailleur weight is about 250 grams.

SunTour Superbe Pro long cage rear derailleur. Used $100.00

Appproximately 1986

There are connoisseurs of friction shifting derailleurs who believe the Suntour Superbe Pro rear derailleur of the mid 1980s is the finest friction derailleur ever made. In addition to excellent design, the Superbe Pro derailleurs were made to very tight tolerances using the finest materials. The result: an accurately shifting derailleur that lasts a long time.

Our long-arm Superbe rear derailleur is a rare item. It isn't even listed in Suntour's catalogue. Speculation is that when Superbe GT was discontinued, to fulfill orders from companies like Cannondale who were using SunTour GT long-arm derailleurs, this derailleur was produced to fill those orders. The next year SunTour released the "Tech", indexed derailleurs.

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

Suntour superbe pro rear derailleur

The anodizing does have some scratches

Suntour Superbe Pro rear derailleur

A shot of the back of the derailleur shows it doesn't have many miles on it.

Suntour Superbe rear derailleur

Truth in advertising: Close-up of the scratches.