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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:30 pm 
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I'm tarting up a mid eighties fuji MTB and its suntour XC rear mech didn't survive my stripping and cleaning process [boing! - spring launches itself into the void and is reluctant to go back where it belongs].

Comparing the XC to a XT 735 there is a big gap in solidity (admittedly a slightly unfair comparison), all of which prompts me to ask the question, what was the absolute best longish cage rear mech in the early 80's?

Huret? I've heard these named Duopar and/or Superb - same model? Any good?

Other Suntour? GT? Superbe Tech?

Shimano XT deer head?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:59 pm 
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Location: No brakes? Way to commit soldier.
When I used that kind of stuff, M700 was great. cheap too.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:02 pm 
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campag stuff was the best in that period. :P


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:52 pm 
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Shimano Arrow.....good luck finding it!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:00 pm 
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Have a look on - www.disraeligears.co.uk

All sorts of weird and wonderful mechs on there.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:33 pm 
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I'd say Campag too.

Or if you are lucky enough to find one, the Mavic long-cage mech is my personal favorite.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:32 pm 
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Location: busy forgetting how to edge flip on a 11x11 monster cube///...
i had a mvic long cage rear errrr 875 or summet ....could strip the whole thing down ....damn i miss that mech..... :?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:02 pm 
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Thanks for the tips chaps: diraeligears is a treat and has put me in touch with an 80's huret on ebay.de.

I just hope my auto-translated message about postage costs doesn't come accross as a question about hostage cocks :shock:


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