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Galli Criterium black/gold (1st style)

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I now think this is the first style of Criterium that Galli produced. I mainly thing this because the cable clamp arm is mounted low on the outer parallelogram plate - making it good for 5 speed freewheels - but not so good for 6 or 7 speed freewheels. I am assuming that a derailleur that is good for 5 speeds will date before versions that are better suited to more sprockets.

In terms of the variables that seem to define Galli models, this example has:

  • The outer parallelogram plate with 'big dots' surrounding the logo, large adjustment screws and the cable clamp arm low down (20mm from the pivot).
  • The straight pulley cage, but without the Galli logo.

Overall, however, this Galli Criterium is a very viable alternative to a Campagnolo Nuovo Record. It is very light, strongly constructed and has clean lines and an welcome absence of Campagnolo’s baroque flourishes.


  • Derailleur brands: Galli
  • Themes: A riot of colour
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 1976?
  • Date of this example: 1977?
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 192g
  • Maximum cog: 26 teeth? (Sutherland’s 4th edition)?
  • Total capacity: 22 teeth? (Sutherland’s 4th edition)?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 46mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: aluminium
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