Suntour XC Pro Compatability

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  1. Phil Wolfe

    Phil Wolfe Guest

    I have heard that late model Suntour rear deraillers were interchangeable with Shimano rear
    deraillers. Is this true? If it is would I be able to use a Suntour XC Pro long cage rear derailler
    for a 9 speed setup on a recumbent. I have a NOS Suntour rear I would love to put to use. Thanks,
    Philip Wolfe
     
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  2. A Muzi

    A Muzi Guest

    "Phil Wolfe" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I have heard that late model Suntour rear deraillers were interchangeable with Shimano
    > rear deraillers. Is this true? If it is would I be able to use a Suntour XC Pro long cage
    > rear derailler for a 9 speed setup on a recumbent. I have a NOS Suntour rear I would love
    > to put to use.

    After the original Maeda Industries merged with SR-Sakae and then failed, a new company, Suntour
    Taiwan was formed. They made (late 1990s) Shimano-compatible freewheels, cassettes and changers.
    Your Suntour XCPro is earlier than that series and is not compatible with Shimano index systems.

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  3. Dan Daniel

    Dan Daniel Guest

    On Tue, 06 May 2003 12:05:46 -0500, Phil Wolfe <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I have heard that late model Suntour rear deraillers were interchangeable with Shimano rear
    >deraillers. Is this true? If it is would I be able to use a Suntour XC Pro long cage rear derailler
    >for a 9 speed setup on a recumbent. I have a NOS Suntour rear I would love to put to use. Thanks,
    >Philip Wolfe

    I was looking at used bikes recently and noticed that one old Stumpjumper with Suntour index and
    deraillleurs had a Shimano freewheel (6 speed). It shifted fine and I wouldn't have noticed except
    for looking over the parts closely after a test ride. I asked the bike store owner and he said that
    it was a crap shoot- some late model Suntours (meaning late '80s, before they went under and long
    before the reincarnation in the late '90s) worked well with Shimano freewheels, and some didn't. He
    had never found a real pattern, a definite 'this shifter/this derailleur/this freewheel' works.

    Try it? Other than maybe a cable, not much to lose
     
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