This was the form of SunTour V GT Luxe that was most familiar to British cyclists. I think it looked dandy, with the black background behind the branding and its black allen bolts.

I first came across this derailleur in 1977 (I think) when Raleigh introduced a bike called a Sun GT10XL, done out in matte black and gold (very John Player Special). It sported this gear, a 14 to 28 freewheel and a 42/52 SR cotterless aluminium chainset. As I remember it, this Japanese equipped Sun bike sold for £10 less than another Raleigh bike, a European equipped Carlton with a comparable frame, a steel Huret Svelto derailleur, a 14 to 24 freewheel and a  weird steel cottered chainset that I remember as some kind of ‘half-step’ (perhaps 44/50). Needless to say, Raleigh did not sell many (any?) of the Carltons.

When it introduced the Sun, Raleigh was not sure that the British consumer would accept Japanese bicycle equipment - which is partly why it was all branded ‘Raleigh’. Their uncertainty did not last long.


  1. Brand: Raleigh, manufactured by SunTour

  2. Country: UK, manufactured in Japan

  3. Date of introduction: 1977?

  4. Date of this example: 1980 (two letter date code is WH)

  5. Model no: unknown

  6. Weight: 249g

  7. Maximum cog: 34 teeth

  8. Total capacity: 36 teeth

  9. Pulley centre to centre: 65mm

  10. Index compatibility: friction

  11. Chain width: 3/32”

  12. Logic: top normal

  13. Pivots: two pivots, front sprung and rear unsprung

  14. Material: aluminium


Raleigh V GT Luxe