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SunTour U (2nd style)

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I (perhaps erroneously) regarded the SunTour U (and the very similar SunTour Hero) as being versions of the SunTour Honor manufactured down to a price, and fitted as original equipment on Japanese made bicycles.

This later SunTour U seems to me to differ from my fourth style of Honor in that it has a particularly ugly pressed steel rear knuckle and a non-standard and very crude hanger. It also has no plastic spring cover - which seems to be the defining mark of a U as opposed to an Honor.


  • Derailleur brands: SunTour
  • Categories: SunTour - the Honor story
  • Country: Japan
  • Date of introduction: 1982?
  • Date of this example: 1982 (two letter date code is YB)
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 349g including hanger plate but excluding drop-out bolt
  • Maximum cog: 30 teeth (Sutherlands 4th edition and SunTour)
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth (Sutherlands 4th edition and SunTour)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 57mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: two pivots, front sprung and rear unsprung
  • Materials: steel
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