Suntour Derailleurs

Superbe Tech:

Probably Suntour’s most innovative and beautiful derailleur – and the company’s first glorious failure. The 1983 Tech has a completely enclosed linkage instead of the open parallelogram other mechs use. The cable routing was clever too – straight along the chainstay with no loops of cable.
That clever linkage would be the downfall, though – it wore and broke very quickly, and was very difficult to fix – so the Tech only lasted for a year.

Superbe Tech

Ovo tandem

Ovo tandem, originally uploaded by Ben Cooper.

The Ovo tandem is ingenious – it splits and the seats come off in seconds, so it packs into a few rather small bags. Still rides very well, though. Trying to decide if I can afford to be a dealer for this 😉