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Vintage Components - SunTour Cassettes

SunTour Cassettes on this page:

7-speed: 13-27
Superbe Pro 12-21 | Superbe Pro 12-24 | Microdrive 11-28

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Suntour could trace its origins to 1912, when the then-named Maeda Iron Works began making bicycle sprockets and then freewheels.

Suntour's business really took off with its introduction of the slant parallelogram rear derailleur in 1964. This innovation, upon which all modern derailleurs are based, allowed the derailleur to maintain a constant distance from the sprockets and vastly improved shifting. At the time, it was, by far, the best shifting derailleur in the world.

Suntour thrived and expanded, eventually producing complete groups, all well-designed and beautifully made. But upon the expiration of Suntour's slant-parallelogram derailleur patent, arch-competitor Shimano, adopting this design, became a relentless and dominating force in bicycle components, crushing the weaker Suntour company.

In 1988, the now-struggling Suntour company was purchased by the a Taiwan firm and by 1993, once-dominant Suntour owned only five percent of the U.S. market.

SunTour 7-speed 13-27 cassette. Used, $100.00/each

SunTour 7-speed cassette

It clearly has had very little use.

SunTour cassette

Slightly disassembled.

SunTour Superbe Pro 8-speed 12-21 cassette. New, $150.00

Part# 56113

SunTour Pro 12-21 cassette

SunTour Superbe Pro 8-speed 12-24 Powerflow cassette. New, $150.00

Part# 56112-2

SunTour cassette

SunTour 8-speed 11-28 Microdrive cassette. New, $150.00

Part# 56114

  • We have ten in stock.
  • Note, this cassette uses the 2-sprocket Microdrive lockring. It works only on a Microdrive freehub.

SunTour microdrive cassette