Sorry about the first blank posting, but I promise it wasn't a hangover incident!
As I recall, Suntour was a manufacturer of some of their components, but others were farmed out to companies with greater experience and capabilities. Unless my memory has become real cloudy, I think that DiaCompe manufactured most of Suntour's brakes, and the cranks were made by Sugino. That accounts for the obvious "similarity" of Suntour and Sugino chainrings, and the equivalent features of the higher end DiaCompe and Suntour brakes.
Jackson, MS USA
>I don't know about the specific dates as to when which ones were offered
> (someone at yellowjersey.org might know that), but the earlier version was
> Superbe, and the later versions (starting around 1983 or '84?) were
> Pro. The Superbe calipers were very similar to the Campy Nuovo Record
> brakes, but the Superbe Pro were actually a little nicer -- one visibly
> noticeable difference was that there was a little more "meat" on the
> caliper arms when viewed from the side. Whether this made them a little
> more flex-resistant under hard braking, I don't know -- but it probably
> didn't hurt. The identical calipers were offered with the DiaCompe name,
> think as Royal Gran Compe model (but don't take that as gospel). One other
> thing that made the Superbe Pro better than the Campy offerings of the
> was a nylon bushing between the caliper arms and the center bolt which let
> them work very smoothly. I know the Superbe Pro brakes had this
> feature --
> I'm not sure about the earlier Superbe version.
> Later Superbe Pro brake calipers (I'm guessing around 1987 or so) were
> better still, with internal coil springs instead of the external "hairpin"
> springs. When mated with the spring-loaded aero-cable brake levers, they
> gave really nice brake feel and light action.
> Kyle Brooks
>> [Original Message]
>> From: L Travers <email@example.com>
>> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Date: 12/31/2005 10:49:35 PM
>> Subject: [CR]Superbe Pro caliper question
>> Since Superbe Pro was brought up.....
>> How does one tell Superbe from Superbe Pro brake calipers? All the
>> Superbe Pro calipers I have seen only have Superbe on them. Or were
>> there only Superbe Pro calipers? Anyone have part numbers? I have
>> seen some part numbers on yellow jersey, but only Superbe Pro.
>> Lynn Travers
>> Hazelwood, MO