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Campagnolo Record (1020)

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Throughout the 1950s the Campagnolo Gran Sport had enjoyed a monopoly of the parallelogram design - thanks to various, slightly obscure, patents.

By the early 1960s these patents were expiring and the derailleur market was hotting up. Simplex, Huret and Gian Robert all had parallelogram designs in production, and many of these designs gave a more precise shift than the aging Campagnolo Gran Sport.

Ever cautious, Tullio Campagnolo's response was this slighly underwhelming product - the Campagnolo Record of 1963. It is basically a Gran Sport updated with an improved pulley cage with offset pulley wheels to give better chain wrap and a more constant chain gap. This long-overdue improvement merely allowed Campagnolo to catch up with, rather than surpass, its competitors. Campagnolo had even used offset pulley wheels on its lower end Campagnolo Sportman derailleur a few years before (in 1961).

The 1963 Campagnolo Record may not have been a technical tour-de-force, but it is nonetheless historic - as it is the first derailleur to bear the iconic 'Record' sub-brand. The two words 'Campagnolo Record' are unquestionably the most respected in the pantheon of great bicycle components.

This particular example of a Campagnolo Record has:

  • a 'C in a diamond' logo stamped on the flange that acts on the low gear stop screw
  • 10 toothed plastic pulley wheels with short stubby teeth. I think that these are not original and probably date from the late 1960s or 1970s.


  • Derailleur brands: Campagnolo
  • Categories: Campagnolo - the good stuff
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 1963
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: 1020
  • Weight: 302g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth (according to bike shop folklore). 36 teeth if you believe Campagnolo - which I don't.
  • Total capacity: 24 teeth (according to bike shop folklore)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 46mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: Bronze knuckles, steel parallelogram plates, steel pulley cage plates and steel pulleys
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Browse associated documents.



New Cycling 05/1981 - Derailleur Collection page 21 - scan 11 of 178

New Cycling 05/1981 - Derailleur Collection page 21 - scan 11 of 178

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