SunTour VX Lite (VX02-SSB)

SunTour VX Lite derailleur (VX02-SSB) main image

Each subsequent version of a car gets bigger and more glorious - the Volkswagen Golf starts out in 1974 as a small, 1300cc, 4 speed, utilitarian hatchback with wind down windows and a simple radio. By 2008, it has turned into a mid-sized, 2 litre, 7 speed, status symbol with powered everything and the sound system from the Starship Enterprise.

Derailleurs move in the other direction - and here’s some evidence. The SunTour VX Lite claims to be the successor of the all-aluminium SunTour Vx one of the most admired and influential derailleurs in history, but the VX Lite is an essay in cheapness, with steel and plastic to the fore.

The VX Lite retains some trademark virtues - a single sprung pivot, a slant parallelogram and the adjustment screws at the back. It also has a cheerful look, with its mix of grey knuckles and spangly glitter paint on the outer parallelogram plate. The word ‘Lite’ in the name is not a delusional claim about its 246g weight, but a reference to SunTour’s ‘Lite Operation System’ - weaker springs to you and me.

But the VX Lite is not a Vx and should never have hinted that it might be one.

  • Derailleur brands: SunTour
  • Categories: SunTour - the V story
  • Country: Japan
  • Date of introduction: 1992
  • Date of this example: 1992 (two letter date code is IE)
  • Model no.: VX02-SSB
  • Weight: 246g
  • Maximum cog: 26 teeth (hanger 24mm) or 28 teeth (hanger 26mm or more) (Source: Sutherland’s 6th edition)
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth (Source: Sutherland’s 6th Edition)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 56.5mm
  • Index compatibility: 7 speed
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: aluminium rear knuckle, steel parallelogram plates and outer pulley cage plate and plastic front knuckle and inner pulley cage plate.

Browse associated documents.

SunTour Bicycle Equipment Catalog 1992 page 26 - scan 28 of 32

SunTour Bicycle Equipment Catalog 1992 page 26 - scan 28 of 32

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