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suntour crankset?(14 posts)

suntour crankset?mldphish11
Oct 1, 2003 7:26 AM
anyone have any experience with mid-late 90's suntour components. i'm building a rain bike out of spare parts, and this is the only crankset i've got. no idea about the model/group (too worn to read). any pros/cons with suntour? should i just go out and buy some used campy off ebay to match the rest of the bike? any feedback would be appreciated.

Um, it's doubtful you have SuntourOldEdScott
Oct 1, 2003 7:36 AM
from the mid-to-late 90s, since they were out of business. What you have is probably from the mid-to-late 80s, and in all probablility is pretty good stuff. Mid- to high-end Suntour was as good as it got. They did make some low-end stuff too, and even it was pretty decent.
Um, it's doubtful you have Suntourlyleseven
Oct 1, 2003 8:11 AM
Suntour cranks were put on less expenseive road bikes as late as last year. A friend of mine had one on a Specialized. There is nothing wrong with them. I had one on a hybrid bike purchased in the early 90's and it is still working.
There is a 'new' Suntour (SR Suntour) thatOldEdScott
Oct 1, 2003 8:53 AM
has the Suntour name and nothing else. Even though they use the great old component names (those cheap cranks you mention are called 'Suntour Superbe,' I think; Superbe/Superbe Pro was Suntour's flagship group) they have nothing to do with 'real' Suntour, which died a slow, painful death in the early 90s.
There is a 'new' Suntour (SR Suntour) thatmldphish11
Oct 1, 2003 8:59 AM
hmmmmm....they could be from the early nineties, i just assumed they were mid to late nineties. and they don't just say "suntour", but i can't make out what the full name is. oh well. thanks.
Aren't they now SRAM?pitt83
Oct 1, 2003 9:29 AM
I was told that Suntour and another troubled manufacturer merged and re-birthed as SRAM. Anyone confirm or deny?

And yes, my Specialized crankset was stamped "Suntour" on the underside.
Nope, although I can seeOldEdScott
Oct 1, 2003 9:38 AM
why you'd think that (the 'SR'). SR Suntour is still around, cranking out low-end stuff (front suspensions, for example). SRAM's a whole nother entity.
It's Sachs who is now part of SRAMpitt83
Oct 2, 2003 5:13 AM
And Rock Shox as mentioned below. I knew one of the old component manufacturers was swallowed into SRAM. History of the company is on their website.
Aren't they now SRAM?dgangi
Oct 1, 2003 6:21 PM
I believe SRAM is a Rock Shox affiliate...

Great history of Suntour at this link:OldEdScott
Oct 1, 2003 9:51 AM
re: suntour crankset?MShaw
Oct 1, 2003 10:00 AM
If its a rain bike who cares? Suntour made some beautiful stuff before STI/Ergo killed them off.

I don't remember if they had a proprietary bb taper.

I'd guess that you're going to end up having to run a 113-115mm bb to get the right chain line.

I've surfed over to the Suntour site. The new Superbe Pro crank looks like the old one, but I don't know if it is made the same way. Anyone?

Looks almost identical butOldEdScott
Oct 1, 2003 10:10 AM
it's spec'd on low-end bikes, so I imagine it's not quite at the same level of excellence. Old Superbe Pro was about as nice as anything out there.
figured it outmldphish11
Oct 1, 2003 10:39 AM
went home for lunch and dusted the set off. made out the letters xc ltd. did some research, turns out the cranks were from '91, and were mid-level for mtb's. hmmmm....strange. i assumed it was a road crankset because of the large chainrings. no idea why anyone would want to run a triple this big offroad....barely any clearance. oh well. thanks for all your help guys.
figured it outMShaw
Oct 1, 2003 3:34 PM
'way back when, triples were 28/38/48. That the sizes you're talking about?

Nice thing is if they're 110mm bcd, you can find all kinds of different rings for them! I'm running 38/48 on my cross bike right now, but am going down to 36/46 as soon as I find a 36t ring. During the spring/summer, I run a 50t outer to mimic my track bike's ring.