DISRAELI GEARS

FiR

FiR Gemini derailleur main image FiR derailleur main image FiR Gemini derailleur main image

FiR stands for 'Fabbrica Italiana Ruote' (which might translate as 'Italian Wheel Factory'). The company was set up in Bergamo in 1956 by the Arrigoni brothers. As it name suggests, it specialized in the manufacture of bicycle rims and, later, complete bicycle wheels, especially wheels of the 'aero' persuasion. FiR claims to be the first cycle-related company to have used carbon-fibre - in its Aru wheel in 1980.

FiR has a place on this web site because, during the melt down of the European cycle industry in the 1980s and early 1990s, it briefly sought to fortify its position by diversifying and offering a wider range of components. This included a number of different derailleurs:

  • Some time around 1993 FiR released the FiR Gemini road groupset including an beautiful, Italian-made, derailleur of their own original design.
  • Perhaps a few years later, FiR released two groupsets, one road, one mountainbike. These groupsets included derailleurs that were manufactured by DNP of Taiwan. The road groupset was possibly called 'Apollo'. I am even less certain about this, but the mountainbike groupset may have been called 'Nettuno'. The mountainbike groupset may also have been available in two different finishes.

You will note the vagueness of the comments above. For some reason, even though FiR was/is a reasonably well known company, it is very hard to find any accurate or specific information.

FiR disappeared from the market in 2005, but was resuscitated in 2012 and still seems to be in business.


FiR Gemini derailleur thumbnail


FiR Gemini 1993?


FiR derailleur thumbnail


FiR 1995?


see also US Trademark # 1,414,889 - FiR 1983

see also US Trademark # 1,414,889 - FiR 1983

US Trademark 1,414,889 - FIR thumbnail


see also La Bicicletta 1984 Apr - FiR ad

see also La Bicicletta 1984 Apr - FiR ad

La Bicicletta 1984 April - FiR advert thumbnail


see also La Bicicletta Guida '85/86 - FiR adorial 1985

see also La Bicicletta Guida '85/86 - FiR adorial 1985

La Bicicletta Guida 1985 November - FiR advertorial scan 01 thumbnail


see also La Bicicletta Guida '85/86 - I componenti da corsa 1985

see also La Bicicletta Guida '85/86 - I componenti da corsa 1985

La Bicicletta Guida 1985 November - I componenti da corsa scan 01 thumbnail


see also US Trademark # 1,574,725 - FiR 1988

see also US Trademark # 1,574,725 - FiR 1988

US Trademark 1,574,725 - FIR thumbnail


FiR web site - 2012

FiR web site - 2012

  • Publisher: FiR
  • Date: 2012
  • Derailleur brands: FiR
  • Derailleurs: none
FIR web site - 2012 scan 1 thumbnail