SunTour FD-XL00-GXH
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Category:  Front Derailleurs
Name:  SunTour FD-XL00-GXH
Brand:  SunTour
Primary Group:  XC LTD
Model:  FD-XL00-GXH
Years:  1991 - ?
Country:  Japan
Weight:  113 grams (Spec),
listed for 28,6 mm clamp diameter
Added By: euphras on 08/09/10
Updated By: euphras on 09/25/10
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SunTour FD-XL00-GXHSunTour FD-XL00-GXH
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# Rings Designed For TripleOuter Plate Markings
Inner Plate MarkingsClamp Markings
Inner Clamp MarkingsDesign CategoryParallelogram
Pivot Arm MarkingsSunTour XC LTDPlate MaterialChrome plated steel
Clamp Style31.8mm ClampCable Attachment Bolt5mm Allen Key
CableStop NoClamp Bolt Type5mm Allen Key
Max Ring Difference 24T  
General Information
This shifter was taken from an 1991 Bridgestone MB-4. According to the BS catalogue the cage was the same design as the Suntour XC 9000 one. To my knowledge this special design was built by SunTour for BS exclusively.
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SunTour (Maeda)

SunTour derailleurs have a two-letter date code. On rear derailleurs the code is stamped on the back side of the inner parallel arm. On front derailleurs it is stamped on the back side of the inner cage.

The first letter represents the year. Larry Osborn and I believe O (Oh) is 1972, V is 1979 and A is 1984. As with Shimano, the second letter is the month code, where A is January and L is December.

SunTour Year Code

N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992

SunTour Month Code

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

The earliest Suntour derailleur I have found with a code is marked OF. A rear derailleur marked OD (corresponding to April of 72) was reported by Leighton Walter. I have a bike that dates from between 1970 to 1972 that has the original SunTour derailleurs. These derailleurs do not have date codes on them, so I believe the coding started sometime between 1970 and April of 1972.

(source: vintage-trek.com)

 
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