Updated 9.2.2011

The Maeda Iron Works Company (later called SunTour) was founded
in 1912 by Shikanosuke Maeda and their first product, the bicycle freewheel, was named 8.8.8. Why “8.8.8?” The number 8 represents success, wealth and prosperity…

1950s rear derailleur

Even Suntour could
not escape the drill out
craze of the 70’s!

The “Blue Line” derailleurs
Suntour alloy cog freewheel

Superbe (Superbe Pro)

Suntour Superbe brake levers

1979 Superbe group

1985 Superbe Pro Group

Brake calipers, hidden spring