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Suntour Blue Line front deraileur(7 posts)

Suntour Blue Line front deraileurlaffeaux
Mar 20, 2003 5:14 PM
I recently acquired a bike with a Sutour BL front deraileur. I've looked for info on it, but found little. There's a picture on the full Blue Line group on classicrendezvous.com and I established that the group was introduced in 1981 and was a middle of the road SunTour model. Does anyone know anything more?

Specifically, was it capable of handling a triple front crank? The crankset is a TA Cyclotourist with the potential for three rings, although it only has two currently. I'm wondering if it came with a triple and somone removed the inner ring, or if it only came with a double to start with.

Thanks for any info that you have.
here's a pic if it helpslaffeaux
Mar 23, 2003 11:34 PM
re: Suntour Blue Line front deraileurbicyclerepairman
Mar 24, 2003 4:34 PM
Yes for the triple chainring...it was the deraileur that came with my Univega Gran Tourismo 15 speed, in 1983 or 84...I'll have to look it up....use it with the matching lever....
Gran Turismo?OldEdScott
Mar 25, 2003 7:18 AM
Was that a pretty nice bike? I seem to recall it was Univega's best touring bike. I had a Univega Sportour of that era, and I still think it's the sweetest-riding bike I've ever thrown a leg over.
Gran Turismo?bicyclerepairman
Mar 25, 2003 5:10 PM
My 1981 Univega Sportour cost $320 (black, red trim). It was stolen in 1983 in Berkeley. I bought the Univega Gran Tourismo ($340) to replace it. The Sportour was the better bicycle (Shimano 600). At the time, Univega's best touring bicycle was the Specialissima. It had a shorter wheelbase (for touring the local criteriums?) than the Gran Tourismo.
Do you remember the Sportour asOldEdScott
Mar 31, 2003 6:06 AM
being an especially sweet ride, or am I just recalling it through a romantic haze of time, distance, and burnt brain cells?
Do you remember the Sportour asbicyclerepairman
Mar 31, 2003 1:05 PM
My Sportour was perfectly aligned. I would fly past a friends 531 db Gitane (which I had just finished overhauling, including a new headset) on a long descent; he was experiencing a speed wobble (merci!). Best $320 I've ever spent, and wish I had it today.