Anyone got recommendations for front and rear mechs for my Highpath?
I'm thinking Suntour front for the Suntour MicroDrive crankset and Shimano rear for the Shimano Megarange cassette.
Happy to be shot down here as long as I get it right guys.
A Highpath's components were often chosen by the prospective owner, so I can't say for certain what would have been fitted to this bike. I can however tell you the components that DWS would have recommended at this time.
1/ Indexed gears were new, unproven and so not trusted to be reliable.
2/ Shimano components had been proven to be more reliable and so were favored over other makes.
3/ Whilst other bikes used long arm derailleurs DWS preferred to us short arm derailleurs because his Highpath' microdrive transmissions did not require a long chain. (My Highpath is an exception to this rule in that I wanted to avoid specialist components, that may not be easily replaceable if they failed whilst touring).
4/In an article in a March 1986 copy of Bicycle Action magazine, DWS specifies equipment as "Custom+ XC fr. Deore c.set. Cyclone".
I hope this helps.