The SunTour X-1 was a perfectly respectable mid-market mountain bike derailleur of the late 1980s. It had the geometry of the SunTour XC-Pro, but the pulley cage and inner parallelogram plate were steel, etc. etc. - so far, so utterly unexceptional.
When initially released (in its non-Chroma state) the SunTour X-1 sported a rather stealthy all-black finish. You could even call it tasteful in a Dieter Rams sort of way. But then a bad taste bomb exploded on the mountain bike scene - and fluorescent colours were de riguer. I have no proof that Gary Fisher was personally responsible for this style holocaust - but his dress sense is certainly circumstantial evidence.
How did component manufacturers react to this provocation? Shimano studiously ignored it, Campagnolo was in a coma and unresponsive and SunTour produced the X-1 Chroma - an X-1 with a bizarre clip-on plastic piece that came in a choice of three possible lurid colours - fluorescent pink, fluorescent yellow or fluorescent lime green.
Handily, the Chroma piece clipped off as easily as it clipped on, and, if you didn’t remove it yourself (wearing sunglasses for safety reasons), it soon broke off of its own accord. Be thankful for small mercies.
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