Suntour XC Pro Top Mount Shifter Shifter

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Suntour XC Pro Top Mount Shifter


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xmessenger a Weekend Warrior from Victoria, BC

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2011

Strengths:    Feel,build quality, weight, obvious reliability.

Weaknesses:    Not for DH

Bottom Line:   
Love these. Compared to Shimanos, these feel more solid and tight. Not so clunky, not that Shimanos were that bad. These shift better on 8 spd cassette than Shimanos with the extra space for 8, something I was very concerned about when bidding on these. I also have Campy top mounts as an investment/backup. I have never set up the Campy but in feel the Suntour have similar feel/quality although the innards of Campy are definitely superior materials. Both have pronounced indexing but the design edge goes to Suntour with its friction option and lack of break in that the stiff Campy will obviously require. The best Shifter ever made!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Epay

Similar Products Used:   DX thumbies, Icarus thumbies, xt trigger,GS xray and srt500

Bike Setup:   92 rocky mountain Team Comp,rigid steel w/ TB project 2, XTR rear mech set up for city with Gatorskins slicks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tundrabum tommy a Weekend Warrior from usa

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2010

Strengths:    They work 100% of the time, every time without fail!

Weaknesses:    No longer made. Fell out of favor for the "Ease" of index shifting...

Bottom Line:   
With well over 25,000 miles on different bikes, these shifters have been the constant. Friction shifters shall ALWAYS be superior in every way to indexing. Bend this, break that, at little chain or cable stretch? No problem with friction. They have infinite adjustment. The bottom line: If you know how to shift (or want to learn) go with friction. As I have always said, "You don't see frets on a Stradivarius!"

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Favorite Trail:   poison spider mesa

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Many shifters, but none that can compare!

Bike Setup:   I am on my fourth set in as many bikes. The beauty of friction shifters is thatthey don't care what "setup" your running.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark from kennasaw ga usa

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2007

Strengths:    durable, smooth action, retro!

Weaknesses:    dont make them any more!

Bottom Line:   
light and retro!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   retro stuff

Bike Setup:   schwin homegrotn girven crosslink fork raceface cranks xtr derailers mavic wheels control teck stem bontrager seatpost titec handlebars onza peadles paul brakes and levers no bar ends! actoin tech bb

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marco a Cross Country Rider from Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2006

Strengths:    Smooth, consistant shifting. Option to use friction shifting.

Weaknesses:    Haven't been sold for over a decade.

Bottom Line:   
BEST SHIFTERS EVER MADE!!!!
Front deraillier shifts perfectly every time.

Rear derailler is a different story. These shifters are spaced for SunTour cassette (top cogs are wider spaced and bottom cogs are more narrow spaced). Shimano cassettes have even spacing.

SUNTOUR SHIFTERS WILL NEVER SHIFT PERFECTLY WITH SHIMANO CASSETTE. That being said, they do shift alright. You can set them up so the top (or lower ratio) gears shift well, but the 8th cog doesn't always hit. Or run a 7-speed cassette; first 6 cogs will shift fine but you may need the extra click (i.e. 8th) to get into the 7th cog.

Unfortunately, I will resort to a pair of Shimano 8-speed bar end shifters transplanted into the suntour body housing (should work like Paul's Thumbies).

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Favorite Trail:   Doctor's, Crested Butte

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   10

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore XT top-mount shifters.

Bike Setup:   Shimano 8-speed cassette, XTR rear deraillier.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Coggsworth Coggs a Weekend Warrior from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2005

Strengths:    light, easy to set up, adaptable, soon will be "working antiques"

Weaknesses:    none whatsoever

Bottom Line:   
My set of XC Pro Thumbies is now eleven years old. I run the right side shifter on a modified cassette on my Trials bike, its the easiest way to run an indexed 4 speed transmission.
The bikes these shifters have been on are as follows:
1996-1998 - BRC Banzai (rigid forks) the XC-pros were a prize in a race
1998-2001 - upgraded to a Brodie something or other
2001-2002 - went FS - AMP B-4 then B-5 (sorta was sponsored)
2002 - 2003 - went super FS - Kona Stinky - broke collarbone, 3 ribs, decided I was no huckster
2003 - Present Echo Urban Stock Trials bike (I also run a cannondale hardtail)
I only wish I could find a 8 speed set to put on my cannondale.
I expect these to outlast a bunch more bikes in years to come. I wish all bike parts were like this.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   DX wishbones (remember those?), xc expert push push, LX triggers, XT triggers, XTR triggers

Bike Setup:   Echo Urban Stock Trials rigid Echo Urban forks, Avid disc front, rear LX v-brake w/plazmatic pads, rear silent clutch shimano hub, Rynolite XL rims, Bontarager XXXL Bars (29") Shimano LX hollow splined cranks, granny gear only, Granny God bashring.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Big Daddy Blue a Cross Country Rider from Somewhere

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2003

Strengths:    Nicer than XT thumbies, more positive, more bulletproof, everyone makes fun of you for riding Suntour, youngsters don't even know what they are.

Weaknesses:    What did you say?
Where do you get them?
Will you sell me yours?


Bottom Line:   
Been riding these bad boys for 10 years. Bought them in Boulder Colorado at the Velo News swap meet off some buffoon what thought RF+ was the best. S'okay though, cause I only give 'im 5 smackers for them. Betcha can't find any RF+ or GS fer 5 bucks and ride them constantly for more than 10 years. Still feel like they did when brand new. Betcher 10 year old RF+ and especially yer GS don't feel like they did when new. Here's a little secret I'll let ya in on - git the 8 speed version if ya can and run em with yer 8 speed XTR cassette and whatever derailleur you choose. You'll never be tempted with 9 speed foolishness agin, I guarantee!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XT thumbies
Gripshift(yeah, right - gimme something that WORKS!) RF+


Bike Setup:   Who cares? Been a off-roader, a one-speed, a Urban Assault Vehicle, a college commuter, and a tourer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Obleg a Cross Country Rider from Warsaw Poland

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2003

Strengths:    Simple, durable, precise shifting, as light as a feather, look great :] Perfect for those who need low-weight quality shifters. I have owned them for over 1 year and their performance is flawless

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I love those shifters. Light, precise, durable and simple. In conjunction with XTR derailleurs they form an ultimate shifting weapon ;)

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   Plus

Similar Products Used:   Old shimano deore and XT (topmounts), various rapid fire, sti and gripshift

Bike Setup:   Scott G-Zero Pro, Xtr derailleurs, suntour xc pro shifters, profile design, roox etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rodger Dodger a Racer from Noo Yawk Siddy!

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight and simple.

Weaknesses:    They were kinda' expensive for what they were, looking back on it, but who cares...........they don't make them anymore anyway.

Bottom Line:   
Some stuff was better back in the day, others weren't. For the front derailleur, it didn't get any better than this thing, for the back, I like indexing shifters much, much better. Actually, I think I'm going to start combing eBay and yard sales to pick up another set for my freerider. Heck, the front derailleur only gets shifted back and forth maybe twice all ride, it would be a nice weight savings.

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Favorite Trail:   The one to your mom's bedroom, doh!

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Winker's

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore 'rapid fire' shifters, Dura Ace 'roadie' levers, etc...........

Bike Setup:   1990 'Competition Series' Cannondale 3.0 Aluminum hardtail with 'Pepperoni' rigid fork. Black with neon green speckled paint, full Suntour XC gruppo, lots of Ritchey (remember Tom and his handmade frames?), Sun Rims, Avocet saddle............basically an entirely old school rig.........and YES, I bought it new, and NO it wasn't my first serious mountain bike either!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mr. Underhill a.k.a. Bobo a Cross Country Rider from Bartertown

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2002

Strengths:    Simply everything. Durability (approaching a decade), Strength, Precision engineering, Weight (if you're into that sorta thing). They still look and feel new.

Weaknesses:    Surely you jest?

Bottom Line:   
The world has changed. It started with the rise of great forces. In the beginning, there were Suntour and Shimano. The armies garthered in the land and the battle ensued. The downfall came with the forging of the One Shifter: The Rapid Fire System. The hearts of men were easily corrupted and much that once was is lost. For most who now live, no longer remember.

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Favorite Trail:   The Misty Mountains

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $66.00

Purchased At:   Some "feel good" bike shop in Berkeley

Similar Products Used:   XC Pro 7 and 8 speeds, XT Deore 9 speed

Bike Setup:   Klien Fervor, Marzocchi Atom Race, Suntour XC Pro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carl a Cross Country Rider from the Netherlands

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2002

Strengths:    Simple and strong, compatible with 7, 8 or 9 spd.
Lightweight, cool retro-look


Weaknesses:    availability

Bottom Line:   
The shop-owner was glad to get rid of them..!
Unbelievable how people can not rate these beauties at value, these are the best.

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Favorite Trail:   backroads of Europe

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   A race-shop in Leognan, just south of Bordeaux, France

Similar Products Used:   xt-topmounts

Bike Setup:   Ti-hardtail, mix xt-Hugi-Magura

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jojo a Cross Country Rider from san diego, ca

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2002

Strengths:    light, simple, durable, easy to operate

Weaknesses:    mine are only 7 speed compatible, they don't make them anymore, shifting the front derailleur into high gear is a bit of a thumbstretcher.

Bottom Line:   
Folks, I own two sets of these gems. I've owned them over ten years. Until recently, they had been sidelined in a box. I recently set up a bike with them and couldn't be happier with their performance. They work flawlessly and are so wonderfully simple compared to all the new stuff out there. Not the best choice for high-intensity racing, but for fun rides these are great. I love riding my retro bike set up with these shifters and my old dia-compe ss-5 levers. It may not actually make me ten years younger, but somehow I feel like I've gone back there for at least a little while. It's hard to find them now, but there will always be some chump who thinks they're outdated junk and will be willing to part with them at garage sale prices. Happy hunting!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $59.00

Similar Products Used:   XT thumbshifters (much clunkier and slower shifting), Gripshift 600

Bike Setup:   7 spd XC Pro rear derailleur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Nich., KY

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2002

Strengths:    Shifting

Weaknesses:    Hard to find

Bottom Line:   
They work better than anything else made to move a derailleur. And, they keep working.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Everything

Bike Setup:   KONA MAX(Full MAX) frame, suntour shifers & der., custom wheels, SX-Ti fork, Manitou stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jonathan from somerville, ma

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2001

Strengths:    It's all been said before...
But, they ARE indestructible, super light, and more durable than any other shifter ever made. XT top mounts don't even compare!


Weaknesses:    That would be that they're not made anymore.
(can also be a strength if you're lucky enough to have them; they're rare and half the new riders have never seen 'em before)


Bottom Line:   
I never ever want to have to deal with front chainring indexing. If you ride technical trail, your ring are not always going to be true.
I love these, I'm just bummed that I stupidly stripped the threads on my main pair, had to cannibalize the older ones till I can put a helicoil in :)
Even the really old ones work great! Pair these with a smooth rear mech and 8 speeds and you'll be very happy. Never any hesitation or missed shifts. No need for sill Optical Gear Displays!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   A shop that's been closed for 4 years!

Similar Products Used:   gripshift, rapidfire, rapidfire plus, shimano top mounts

Bike Setup:   S-Works har tail, many random parts, but the shifters are certainly the most precious.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, Colorado

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2001

Strengths:    Bombproof - indestructable

Weaknesses:    none! are you kidding?

Bottom Line:   
Please please please somebody start making these again! I got 'lucky' and found a pair of these brand new, but probably overpaid for them -- actually no - it was really worth it. Too bad there are riders out there that will never experience anything but indexed shifting. I swear there is nothing better than a very high quality friction shifter -- accurate shifts - easy adjustment (if it ever needs it), 7, 8 and 9 speed compatable (no buying new shifers every time you upgrade) - these things just rule.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Bike n' Hike

Similar Products Used:   grip shift, rapid failure, deore top mounts

Bike Setup:   custom ti soft tail from www.empirebicycles.com, raceface + xtr drivetrain

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by super butta a Cross Country Rider from L.I NY

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2001

Strengths:    Ergonomics id the name of the game when it comes to Suntour thumb shifters. I hate using rapid fire crap!

Weaknesses:    tough to get a hold of but worth it...possible compatibility problems?

Bottom Line:   
Try It, You'll like it!

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Favorite Trail:   stillwell/greenbelt

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Crap

Bike Setup:   Ventana Marble Peaks FS

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