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some interesting component historyDougSloan
Feb 20, 2003 10:35 AM
I accidentally came across this and found it fascinating:
That is a good read. Interesting to thinkSpunout
Feb 20, 2003 12:37 PM
that if Suntour didn't mess up, we'd be riding alot more of it. Their patent expiry (on the slant parallelogram) gave Campagnolo back its life.
Some of us still ride Suntour as ourOldEdScott
Feb 20, 2003 2:10 PM
componentry of choice. I'm not sure anyone ever improved on Superbe Pro, with Power Ratchet (ratcheted friction) shifters. For the everyday rider, I mean. I have a Suntour bike and an STI bike, love both, but the old stuff is just a lot more ... satisfying, somehow.
Power RatchetAndy M-S
Feb 20, 2003 2:25 PM
Interestingly, just last night I put a set of NOS Sprint power ratchet shifters on my DT-equipped bike (otherwise, a mix of stuff that ends up as 8-speed Shimano).

I rode in to work today (50+ in Wisconsin!!).

No revelation. They're nice, but not really any better than the Exage 7-speed (in friction mode) shifters that were on the bike before. They look nicer, and have a little longer throw (which I'm still ambivalent about) but I really don't know what the big deal is...
I guess I'm partial to them becauseOldEdScott
Feb 21, 2003 9:32 AM
up till I got my first set in 1986 (?), I was constantly having a problem getting my 'pure friction' shifters just tight enough that it wouldn't slip, but not so tight that shifting was a pain. The ratchet means you can keep the action light without it slipping out of gear.

Maybe newer friction shifters are better than the ones from the 70s and early 80s that I was comparing my Power Ratchets to. All I know is, I was deliriously happy with them when they came out, and they remain my friction shifter of choice (I understand Riv has come out with a set of their own that revives the power ratchet concept, but haven't tried them).