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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.

-matt
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...

Thx...Doug
Great history of Suntour at this link:OldEdScott
Oct 1, 2003 9:51 AM
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hadland/page35.htm
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?

Mike
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.
-matt
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.

Mike