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    Need source for Superbe Pro Aero brake lever hoods

    Last weekend I took the plunge and bought a very choice set of SunTour Superbe Pro hidden spring calipers and matching aero brake levers. These are more beautiful than I even expected. Problem is, the hoods for the brake levers are gone. I posted a query on the other bike forum I frequent and got a few suggestions on suitable substitutes such as generic Tektro aero brake hoods. The person who suggested that said that Tektro aero levers were copies of the Superbe Pro design anyway. Anybody know if this is true?

    But what I'm really hoping for is an exact match of some NOS Suntour Superbe Pro aero brake hoods. If I could find some I think I would buy 2 or 3 sets.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Did you ever find a source? I need some, too

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    I need some, too. Will the Diacompe 287 aero hood work? Those seem to be around. I need to buy a pair to see if they will work. Otherwise, these are so rare, particularly NOS.

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    Good luck with that, guys. Very hard items to find. Ebay is about your only hope. And be prepared to shell out plenty of dough.
    Other Superbe Pro items that are hard to get (at non-astronomical prices) are headsets, bottom brackets, and seat posts thinner than 27.0.
    Trust me on this. I've been working on getting an '85 Raleigh to have as much Superbe Pro as I can for about 2 years. So far, I've got:
    F&R hubs w/ original skewers
    F&R derailleur
    Friction shifters
    And a "Sprint" crankset (which looks identical to SP, as far as I can tell)
    And a Suntour Winner Pro 7 speed freewheel.

    On my want list is:
    Headset
    Quill pedals
    BB
    26.8 seatpost
    Brakeset

    The pedals are relatively easy to find on Ebay, and there are several NOS brakesets, but the prices are pretty high. Headseats & BB's are rare, and I've yet to find a Superbe Pro seatpost in 26.8.

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    I have the non aero version of those levers too, I have the gum hoods but do not buy any NOS set of hoods because they have been sitting for so long they'll only last about 2 years if your lucky. Suntour/Dia Comp copied the Campy design so the Campy and Dia Comp hoods will fit also as well as Campy and Dia comp generic hoods. I bought a set of Cane Creek hoods for mine and they work just fine. There are a lot of fake Campy "nos" hoods floating around and they sell on them as real nos Campy hoods on E-Bay.

    I bought a nos 7 speed winner pro paid $45 last year. I also have a Superbe Pro seatpost 26.8, and headset on my all Suntour Superbe Trek 660, but I got that new back in 84. If I ever total the bike I'll sell the parts off since their so rare. I retired the bike until I can get it repainted and new decals put on.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk98yvozq1g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvk63...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=p92Stnnigjs
    "They don't do things that way anymore. This is the Age of Science Know-How, electronal marvels."

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    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    I also have a Superbe Pro seatpost 26.8, and headset on my all Suntour Superbe Trek 660, but I got that new back in 84. If I ever total the bike I'll sell the parts off since their so rare. I retired the bike until I can get it repainted and new decals put on.
    I'm first in line for the parts sale!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frpax View Post
    I'm first in line for the parts sale!!
    Yeah until you discover that I have over 150,000 miles on the components, but they still look good, the pantographs are still intact so they don't look that old. The bike's paint job and graphics on the other hand is pretty well faded due to the southern California sun it was exposed to for 20 years. The sun faded the graphics from original yellow color to white, and some of that white has faded completely away.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk98yvozq1g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvk63...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=p92Stnnigjs
    "They don't do things that way anymore. This is the Age of Science Know-How, electronal marvels."

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