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Galli Criterium blue (2nd style)

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As derivatives (copies) of the Campagnolo Nuovo Record go, this is a good one. I like the placing of the adjustment screws and I like the chunky look. This version also has the Galli logo on the outer pulley cage plate - a pleasing touch.

Most notably, this particular example is finished in Galli’s signature ‘Midnight Blue’ anodising (although an enthusiastic owner has filed this off parts of the rear knuckle). I have a particularly clear memory of a ‘Midnight Blue’ Galli groupset looking like a zillion dollars on a white Italian racing bike (possibly an Olmo?) - irresistible.

However this gear is one of a number of illustrations in this collection of the rule that the more exotic the derailleur looks when new, the more tatty it becomes with use. Beauty must suffer.

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

  • an Allen-key hanger bolt,
  • a B knuckle with a large reinforcing 'gusset' under the cable outer stop,
  • an outer parallelogram plate with a rectangular area of 'small dots' around the logo, and a high-mounted cable clamp arm, giving a high actuation ratio,
  • a straight pulley cage with the Galli logo,
  • unbranded pulley wheels,
  • a hex head cable clamp bolt.


  • Derailleur brands: Galli
  • Themes: A riot of colour, Ultra-lightweight - road racing models
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 1976?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 184g
  • 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: aluminum
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