SunTour FD-3900-SSH, Sprint
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Category:  Front Derailleurs
Name:  SunTour FD-3900-SSH, Sprint
Brand:  SunTour
Primary Group:  Sprint
Model:  FD-3900-SSH
Years:  1987 - Early 1990's
Country:  Japan
Weight:  97 grams
Added By: JFischer on 10/29/07
Updated By: JFischer on 06/09/09
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SunTour FD-3900-SSH, SprintSunTour FD-3900-SSH, SprintSunTour FD-3900-SSH, SprintSunTour FD-3900-SSH, SprintSunTour FD-3900-SSH, Sprint
# Rings Designed For DoubleOuter Plate MarkingsSunTour Sprint
Inner Plate MarkingsMaeda Ind. Japan, VIA, BLClamp MarkingsNone
Inner Clamp MarkingsNoneDesign CategoryParallelogram
Pivot Arm MarkingsPlate MaterialSteel
Clamp Style28.6mm Clamp; Braze-on TabCable Attachment Bolt5mm Allen Key
CableStop OptionalClamp Bolt Type5mm Allen Key
Max Ring Difference 16T  
General Information
An 'Endless Band' design clamp.  Could be used on more than just the 26.8, but that of course is the most common size for steel frames.
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Component Groups
Primary Group NameBrandQuick InfoBrowse Group Components
SprintSunTour1987 - 1990, Road RaceView 11 Components
Details:  

Suntour introduced the Sprint gruppo, price between Superbe Pro and Cyclone, to compete with Shimano 600 Ultegra. Suntour Sprint was splendid value, everything looked expensive and the finish was superbe.

Suntour Sprint 9000 (1989)

Pure Motion, Total Efficiency

The objective is to transmit every ounce of the cyclist's power to the road. Power AccuShift IPC, the super round shield bearing and other fine Suntour parts offer the highest lever function and performance. Be it road racing or triathlon, this advanced gun-metal group proves itself the equal to every challenge. An ensemble of tremendous power and sensitivity - that's the trademark of Sprint.

(Suntour Catalogue 1989).

Group NameBrandQuick InfoBrowse Group Components
Sprint 9000SunTour1987 - 1990, Road RaceView 9 Components
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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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