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Used Suntour ARX Front Derailleur...Clamp-On (28.6 mm) Model...Spare Parts
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Condition:
For parts or not working: An item that does not function as intended and is not fully operational. This includes items that ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Front Derailleur Clamp
Mounting: Clamp-on
Used Suntour ARX Front Derailleur (Model FD-2600)...Clamp-On (28.6 mm) Model...Spare Parts Offering
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Listing Update...This is not so much a listing update as it is a point of emphasis. We are calling this a spare parts offering, because the rear chain guide/cage bolt is missing the sleeve that slides over the bolt to keep the cage plates separated by the  factory spec'd width.  You will notice in the last picture in the sequence to the left how I use my hand to pinch the cage plates (with little effort) to demonstrate how the cage plates are not firmly locked into place.  It's a very small/simple piece that is missing to complete this used front derailleur offering, but I do not have it.  As a result, I am offering this spare parts front derailleur at a modest discount from what we would normally sell it for...in the hopes that someone out there has a similar front derailleur that is no longer functional, but still has this small/simple sleeved spacer that may be recycled and used to complete this derailleur offering.

This offering is for a used Suntour ARX front derailleur (spare parts offering...as alluded to above) from the mid 80's. It's a legitimate (Japanese made) Suntour front derailleur made during a period when Suntour was still one of the major companies producing quality bicycle components.  The Suntour ARX model was not considered top-end (competition level) for the period, but still very good quality in a sport/fitness offering. Some of it's more prominent design features include...

  • Compatibility: marketed as road bike model during the 5/6-speed freewheel era (although see notes that follow for other drivetrain possibilities)

  • Capacity: double chainring with 18T (max) difference (shop catalog specs)

  • Mounting bracket: clamp-on (28.6 mm)...so should be compatible with many vintage steel tubed road bikes that require a clamp-on unit

  • Cable pull: bottom (so cable routing must enter from below the unit)

  • Design: conventional/bottom swing

  • Weight: 93 grams (per our digital postal scale)

As alluded to above, the Suntour ARX product line was very good quality in a sport/recreation offering. This model front derailleur was not intended for competitive cycling, but it borrowed from Suntour's competitive cycling technologies to provide a good quality component and respectable performance for a reasonable price.  The derailleur body is mostly alloy (which probably explains the sub 100 gram weight) and the chain guide (or cage) is made from a hardened steel. We have better quality front derailleurs available, but for most non-competitive applications, this is probably a good fit...and especially for those that are trying to resurrect an old stock Suntour drivetrain.

The component is clearly used, but appears functionally fine (aside from the missing chain guide sleeve noted above).  There is a weathering/dulling of the finish, surface rust on the steel component pieces and a fair number of scuffs/scratches.  So the unit appears well used and there appears to have been storage time out in the elements, but as alluded to above, once the small spare part is located and installed from another source, the unit still appears functional and with a fair number of miles left in it.

Please note we've made an honest attempt to describe the condition of this used offering, but upon receipt (regarding the customer that elects to purchase this item), if the part does not meet expectations, then please contact us so that we may take care of you.

General note regarding narrower/wider front derailleur cages (chain guides) and chains...
We do not see many clamp-on front derailleurs with these wider cages, which are typically more effective at shifting the wider chains desired on some vintage road bikes. Narrow chains may also be used with these vintage setups, but because they are typically more expensive and usually not as durable (because they are made with thinner/lighter component pieces)...they are probably not the best alternative for a vintage road bike. Wider chains are usually a better option, because they are made with thicker/heavier component pieces that will generally hold up better over a longer period (so more miles between replacements). The problem is that most of today's front derailleurs are built with cages to accomodate extremely narrow chains (for 9 and 10-speed shifting), which means they might not work as well on a vintage road bike when a wider chain is preferred (for the reasons noted above). In many cases, it's still possible to get the newer front derailleurs to function...but with a narrower cage and a wider chain, it would appear the limit screw adjustments have to be near perfect to eliminate chain rub (so little margin for error here...and hence the reason the slightly wider cage on these older front derailleurs is a nice feature).


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