After SunTour went into a long slow decline, it transmuted into SR SUNTOUR and moved from Japan to Taiwan. And throughout the 1990s the derailleur range gradually decayed into a mish-mash of low-end, sub-Shimano steel and plastic.
But the arrival of the new millenium seems to have re-energised SR SUNTOUR, which suddenly produced a whole set of aspirational, innovative and freaky looking derailleurs. These featured straight cable runs, and many had a unique ability to be compatible with both Shimano and SRAM levers. They achieved this seemingly impossible feat by cunningly having two possible ways you could run the cable on the one derailleur.
This natty little number is a SR SUNTOUR Durolux GTB. Durolux was the highest-end variant and featured:
There was a lot of SR SUNTOUR talk about competing with the best of the best - but weight and finish was much more Deore LX than XTR. But it was a nice try, and I liked the dark, satanic, look and applauded the absence of the, then fashionable, 'Rapid Rise' logic.