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SunTour Iwai Wide (1st style)

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This is an early example of a chainstay mounting SunTour Wide derailleur manufactured for SunTour by a company called Iwai. The small enamel badge riveted on just below the frame mounting screws says ‘SunTour Iwai’.

The underlying design remains a version of any number of French designs from the 1930’s (see the Super Champion/Osgear Grand Sport) . As ever, though, this Suntour is a well executed example of the genre. The cutaway mounting plate is particularly stylish.


  • Derailleur brands: SunTour manufactured by Iwai
  • Categories: SunTour - pull-chain models
  • Country: Japan
  • Date of introduction: 1955?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 316g including integral mounting plate but excluding external chain tension spring and chainstay clamp.
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 70mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 1/8”?
  • Logic: low normal
  • B pivot: one sprung pivot
  • Materials: steel
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