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Galli Criterium (1st style)

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I think this is a relatively early Criterium that Galli produced. It has a very plain outer parallelogram plate and small adjustment screws. The finish, particularly of the Galli logo is slightly nasty.

In terms of the variables that seem to define Galli models, this silver 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 an outline logo, and a high-mounted cable clamp arm, giving a high actuation ratio,
  • a straight pulley cage with the Galli logo, with a very strange stop arrangment,
  • unbranded pulley wheels,
  • an Allen-key cable clamp bolt.

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: Ultra-lightweight - road racing models
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 1976?
  • Date of this example: 1977
  • 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: two pivots, front sprung and rear unsprung
  • Materials: aluminium
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