With the release in 1968 of the SunTour V and the SunTour Honor, the SunTour Skitter found its new place in the SunTour product range - at the very bottom of the heap. Commensurate with this status it looses its adjustable pulley cage and the rear knuckle becomes a steel pressing - a scaled down version of the Honor’s knuckle.

It retains the two trademark features of SunTour’s in-house Skitter designs - it  is low-normal (what Shimano now call ‘rapid-rise’) and it had only one spring, which, through devious design, provides both chain tension and operates the parallelogram.

It also retains its proud membership of the pantheon of derailleurs with silly names.


  1. Brand: SunTour

  2. My category: SunTour - the Skitter story

  3. Country: Japan

  4. Date of introduction: 1969?

  5. Date of this example: 1970 (no two letter date code, but both pulleys and parallelogram plate are stamped ‘Maeda Industries Ltd.’)

  6. Model no: unknown

  7. Weight: 317g including hanger plate and the extravagant ‘protector’ nut

  8. Maximum cog: 30 teeth?

  9. Total capacity: 28 teeth?

  10. Pulley centre to centre: 45mm

  11. Index compatibility: friction

  12. Chain width: 3/32”

  13. Logic: low normal

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

  15. Material: steel

  16. My theme: A riot of colour


SunTour Skitter (3rd style)