SunTour FD-3000, Superbe II (endless band)
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Category:  Front Derailleurs
Name:  SunTour FD-3000, Superbe II (endless band)
Brand:  SunTour
Primary Group:  Superbe
Model:  FD-3000
Years:  1983 - 1986
Country:  Japan
Weight:  95.5 grams (avg)
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Added By: MGTS on 04/10/13
Updated By: MGTS on 03/14/20
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SunTour FD-3000, Superbe II (endless band)SunTour FD-3000, Superbe II (endless band)SunTour FD-3000, Superbe II (endless band)
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# Rings Designed For DoubleOuter Plate MarkingsSuntour Superbe
Inner Plate MarkingsMaeda Ind. Japan VIA [date code]Clamp Markings
Inner Clamp MarkingsDesign CategoryParallelogram
Pivot Arm MarkingsSuperbe "S"Plate MaterialChrome plated steel
Clamp Style28.6 Endless Band; 28.6mm ClampCable Attachment Bolt5mm Allen Key
CableStop NoClamp Bolt Type6mm Allen Key
Max Ring Difference 18T  
General Information
Note the parallelogram plate does not encompass the tabs coming of the plate like the Superbe Pro models. This is the 2nd generation Superbe model
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Component Groups
Primary Group NameBrandQuick InfoBrowse Group Components
SuperbeSunTour1977 - 1985, Road RaceView 28 Components
Details:   Face lift to "Superbe II" in 1983
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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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