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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:03 am 
Dirt Disciple
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Hey Hey,
Has anyone here had any experience using 1994 Suntour ErgoTec Shifters? I attached an image for reference. They were Suntour's attempt at a grip-shift/rapid-fire hybrid system. I read they only came out in 1994. I have never seen them. Do not know if they were any good or well appreciated. A pair was on an old vintage bike I bought. Not sure if I want to use them or store them and get some retro over the bar shifters to match the Suntour group. Anything anyone can share would be great. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:22 pm 
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Can't help, but I like the look of them much more than grip shift, and also the x-press shifters they did.

Its a shame suntour vanished, I think the quality if their stuff was better than shimano.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:46 pm 
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Suntour had gone :-(
and 1994 was SR Suntour... and gone by end of 1995 in the form we knew.

Try them out, it is the only responsible retrobiker way.

I have some detail in the 1994 catalogue in my drive.
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... TRRam9GLTQ


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:07 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I just bought a pair for my Klein with XC-Pro microdrive.
But it will be a couple of months before I can give you any feedback. I need to get some new wheels built on the old hubs. First impression is they look to be pretty nice though.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:22 pm 
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They look heavy...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:43 pm 
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Hotwheels. wrote:
They look heavy...


I didn't weigh them, but they don't "feel" overtly heavy. About like a older Grip Shift & an LX brake lever combined.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:47 pm 
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Looks like a fishing reel with brake lever attached, I've not personally used those, but I think you should at least try them and let us know what you think.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:14 pm 
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jimo746 wrote:
Looks like a fishing reel with brake lever attached, I've not personally used those, but I think you should at least try them and let us know what you think.


They are definitely going to be used. Going on my 94 Klein Fervor with with 8-speed Micro Drive. Waiting for the 8-speed hub to arrive, then building up a new set of wheels with Mavic X222's. Wanted some 231's but I couldn't pass up this NOS pair!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:58 pm 
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Ah, so it a twist shifter but has baffles to aid the pushing rather than a grip.

Seems there are three version.
- Suntour mechs, 8speed MD Cassette.
- Suntour Mechs, Shimano spaced Cassette
- Shimano Mechs, Shimano spaced cassette.

Designed for STX, XC-Expert, XC-Sport groups.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:19 pm 
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The weather here in Boise, Idaho USA is starting to get cold. I will be giving the new bicycle with the ErgoTecs a good cleaning and overhaul. Then I can off my experience using them. They look cool and only made for a year so I am happy to have them. Just have never used them. Most of the group on the bicycle is Suntour XC-Pro but not the shifters. Clean! Tune! Ride! Thanks for all the input.


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