SUNN is a French bicycle maker that was founded in 1982 by two former motocross riders, Max Commençal and Francois Gachet.
SUNN focused on making high-end mountain bikes for the emerging mountain biking scene in France and Europe. Its bikes were ridden by some of the top mountain bikers of the time, such as Nico Vouilloz, Anne-Caroline Chausson, and Cédric Gracia.
In the 1990s, SUNN expanded its product line to include road bikes, hybrids, and kids’ bikes. In 1996, SUNN was acquired by the Italian bike manufacturer Bianchi, itself later acquired by the Cycleurope Group. In 2005, Cycleurope decided to discontinue the SUNN brand.
In 2010, SUNN was resurrected as an independent brand by Max Commençal, who had left the company in 1995. Today, SUNN produces high-end mountain bikes and has expanded its product line to include e-bikes and gravel bikes.
It’s been nine years since we featured French photographer Thierry Vincent’s Gitane Expresso de Ville, which has since been mounted with a baby seat on the top tube. But rather than get sent out to pasture, Thierry built himself this hot Sunn TOX resto-mod.
Down Under, the inevitable turning of the seasons is currently swinging towards the ascendant, bringing an end to riding in the dark and cold of Winter. What better way to celebrate the advent of Spring than to check out this commuter-fied Sunn Crosss.