The SunTour Olé does not quite belong in my collection of Cyclone derailleurs. Strictly speaking the Cyclones of the period were ‘7000’ series and the Olé is from a lower series (probably 5000). It has hex head pulley bolts (the Cyclone’s have Allen heads) and a steel inner parallelogram plate and inner pulley cage plate (both are aluminium on the Cyclone 7000).
I have included it in my collection because it is SunTour’s most complete attempt at imitating the radical (for the time) Shimano Santé. It has a dodgy french sounding name complete with acute accent and ‘handwriting’ typeface, it is painted in a spectrum of metal-flake paints (white, light grey and mid grey) and to round off the picture it sold almost exactly as badly.
Frank Berto, in ‘Sunset for SunTour’ comments that:
Unlike the Shimano Santé, but very like the SunTour Cyclone 7000, the SunTour Olé did not index well due to poor chains and freewheels.
This example is another case of a derailleur that was styled for beauty suffering at the hands of the cruel reality of rain, salted roads, chain wear , discolouring by oil and a touch of user neglect.