DISRAELI GEARS

Ultra-lightweight - road racing models

Walter derailleur main image Sachs-Huret Jubilee derailleur (2200) main image SunTour Cyclone Mark-II derailleur (3500) main image

This is a rogue’s gallery of road racing derailleurs weighing less than 190g excluding hanger plate. I chose ‘less than 190g’ as the cut off because the relatively modern, supposedly ‘super lightweight’, 25th anniversary Shimano Dura-Ace weighs in at 189g.

The selection includes all the usual suspects - Huret’s Jubilee and Success, Campagnolo’s Super Record, a smattering of Zeus, the odd Simplex, some colourful Gallis etc. etc... But there are some interesting entries - you might not have expected to see Gian Robert, Ofmega, Rino, Roto, SunRace, Triplex or a Kharkov. Weirdest of all, no one would have pegged the Czech Walter as being one of the lightest gears of all time.

Of all the derailleurs shown here, the various SunTour models take the technical biscuit - they are not only light, they also work exceptionally well.

It’s noticeable that light weight was a particular obsession during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. The absence of Shimano product (with Dura-Ace 7100 the notable exception to the rule) is also striking.

The weight shown is without a hanger plate, for examples which I weighed with a hanger plate, I have estimated a hanger plate as weighing 35g (except in the case of the Gian Robert where I have guessed 25g).


Walter derailleur thumbnail
Gian Robert Campione derailleur (1st style) thumbnail
Sachs-Huret Jubilee derailleur (2200) thumbnail



SunTour Cyclone Mark-II derailleur (3500) thumbnail
Gian Robert Competition derailleur thumbnail
Gian Robert Competition gold derailleur thumbnail



Ofmega Mistral 'Maillot Jaune' derailleur thumbnail
Huret Super Success derailleur (2470 S) thumbnail
Ofmega Mistral 'Squadra Azzurra' derailleur thumbnail



SunTour Superbe derailleur (5300) thumbnail
Huret Success derailleur (2470) thumbnail
Rino derailleur (1st style) thumbnail



Shimano Dura-Ace black derailleur (7100) thumbnail
SunTour Cyclone black derailleur (5902 1st style) thumbnail
Shimano Dura-Ace derailleur (7100) thumbnail



Zeus New Racer derailleur (2nd style) thumbnail
Ofmega Mistral black derailleur thumbnail
Rino Crono derailleur (2nd style) thumbnail



Roto derailleur thumbnail
Roto black derailleur thumbnail
Kharkov derailleur (4th style) thumbnail


Roto 1974?

Roto black 1974?


Sugino 75 derailleur thumbnail
SunTour Cyclone derailleur (5902 2nd style) thumbnail
Altenburger thumbnail



Simplex Prestige derailleur (532) thumbnail
SunTour Superbe Pro gold derailleur (5200) thumbnail
Campagnolo 50th Anniversary (Pat. 83) derailleur thumbnail



Campagnolo Super Record derailleur (4001 Patent-77) thumbnail
Galli Criterium grey small dots logo cage derailleur thumbnail
Rino Crono black derailleur (2nd style) thumbnail



SunRace 555 Arabesque black derailleur thumbnail
Campagnolo Super Record derailleur (4001 Pat. 80) thumbnail
Galli Criterium derailleur (1st style) thumbnail



Galli Criterium/KL first cage derailleur thumbnail
Galli Criterium/KL third cage derailleur thumbnail
Galli Criterium black derailleur (3rd style) thumbnail



Galli Criterium blue derailleur (2nd style) thumbnail
Galli Criterium/KL blue first cage derailleur thumbnail
Rino Crono black derailleur (1st style) thumbnail



Galli Criterium gold derailleur (3rd style) thumbnail
Le Bijou thumbnail
Simplex Prestige derailleur (537) thumbnail



SunRace 555 Arabesque derailleur thumbnail
SunTour Cyclone derailleur (1700) thumbnail
Triplex Sport derailleur thumbnail



Vittoria Giuseppina thumbnail
Zeus 2000 derailleur (2nd style) thumbnail
Zeus 2000 derailleur (1st style) thumbnail



Roto Competition derailleur thumbnail
Shimano Dura-Ace 25th anniversary derailleur (7700 SS) thumbnail


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