Six inches of snow and my daughter is playing on her computer so time to put up some more stuff.A Another Suntour catalog from 1988Ahas both road and ATB in it.A Some highlights include the (I believe) last edition of roller cam brakes andAa very confusing chart of what Accushift parts will play nicely with others.A
Index shifting was still pretty new and in order for Suntour to get aroundAShimano’s patent, they designed the ‘play’ thatAindex shifting needs into the shifter.A (Shimano had the floating upper jockey pulley that did this for them.)A Unfortunately, by putting it into the shifter, you could never be precise.A In addition, Suntour, for some bizarre reason, made several versions.A This would require matching a rear derailleur with a matching shifter.A Shimano, on the other hand, only made the Dura-Ace line unique and you could mix or match the rest without too much of a problem.A At this point I think that one can begin to see the decline ofA Suntour.A Beginning around this time, shops started to see less and less bikes coming onto the sales floor equipped with Suntour parts.A I don’t think it was a quality issue.A More than likely it was due to more aggressive marketing from Shimano.A But I cannot help but think that Suntour’s lack of technical development was also a contributor.
And now on to another departed manufacturer; CLB Brakes.A This brochure/newsletter from around 1989 is a hoot.A The brochure, "Top" Line, shows the three different brakes by CLB; Space Line, Olympic, and Elite.A Apparently all came in plastic ‘attache-cases’.AA According to Steve Griffith at the Classic Lightweights UK site; CLB at this point was part of Sachs and this was probably the last ‘hurrah’.A Check out this marketing:A Beware! The new CLB levers are so good-looking that they will blind you to alternatives!A Wow.A I wish I was that talented.A I might have a job.