SunTour LePree
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Category:  Hubs
Name:  SunTour LePree
Brand:  SunTour
Primary Group:  LePree
Model:  
Years:  1984 - 1986
Country:  Japan
Added By: JFischer on 12/19/07
Updated By: Wolfram Verktyg on 03/13/19
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Gear Compatibility FreewheelFront Bearing Size/Count3/16" 10 x 10
Rear Bearing Size/Count1/4" / 9x9Rear Spacing126mm
Spoke Drilling32; 36Flange SizeLow Flange
Gear Threading/Pattern English/ISO: 1.375 x 24 TPIBody MarkingsSunTour LePree Sealed Japan
Axle MaterialSteelShell MaterialAluminum
General Information
Suntour LePree components were sold between 1984 and 1986. They were lower mid price range, well below Cyclone and Sprint quality. The LePree marque is best known for the 3 pulley rear derailleurs.

The LePree hubs were made by Sanshin Masumoto who produced the Sansin/Sanshin/Sunshine brand hubs. They appear to be the same hubs as the painted GTX model.

The cones were unground and plated which wore off in the ball track areas contaminating the grease. I'd rate them below Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport, Triomphe and Victory hubs but better than Normandy Sport Hubs.

They have rubber dust shields with lip seals as shown in the last picture above.

Several mid range Fuji models used these hubs in 1984-85.


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Component Groups
Primary Group NameBrandQuick InfoBrowse Group Components
LePreeSunTourSport & RecreationView 4 Components
Details:   Mid 1980s friction group.  The name "Le Preel" is also seen on only a few examples, seemingly from 1984.  -Simonius
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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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