SunTour Superbe Pro (Power Command Friction)
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Category:  Shifters
Name:  SunTour Superbe Pro (Power Command Friction)
Brand:  SunTour
Primary Group:  Superbe Pro
Model:  SL-SB00-B
Years:  1987 - 1990
Country:  Japan
Weight:  56 grams (Spec),
81g in Clamp version -C
Added By: Don Buska on 03/01/16
Updated By: Don Buska on 05/22/16
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Shifter Type DowntubeAttachment Style Downtube Braze-on (standard)
Shifting SystemsRetro-FrictionLever MarkingsSuntour Superbe Pro
Lever MaterialAluminum  
General Information

This is probably the last true friction only shifter produced by Suntour that had the Superbe Pro labeling.  It is actually a part of the Power Command shifter series in that it has a ratcheted assist to the friction shifting.  Unlike many of the other Suntour Power shifter this one actually is quite small in size and could easily be mistaken for a pure friction style device.  The markings on the levers are filled engravings.

The SL-SB00-B as shown is designed for a Braze-On downtube mounting.  However, the last picture shows a set I have converted over to Clamp-On.  My Clamp-On version uses a modified Huret clamp (from eBay) and parts from two other Suntour shifters to allow it to operate well in the ratcheting mode.

 Suntour did make a Clamp-On version called the SL-SB00-C, but none of the catalogs that I have seen show a picture of that version nor have I come across one yet.  I have tried several Suntour clamps from other shifters and none worked well with these levers! 

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Component Groups
Primary Group NameBrandQuick InfoBrowse Group Components
Superbe ProSunTour1981 - 1994, Road RaceView 46 Components
Details:   Suntour's Superbe Pro competition components are the very best bicycle components you can buy. Their simple and elegant styling, outstanding quality in materials and finish, extremely precise design and manufacturing tolerances and race-proven efficiency assure optimum performance and looks for any custom frame.
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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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