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Sachs-Huret Rival (41.1D 2nd style)

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In the 1970s Huret produced quirky derailleurs mixing folded sheet metal with exotic materials and a certain, crazy, French, creativity. By the 1990s Sachs was producing solidly engineered derailleurs manufactured using quality materials. But, in between, there were the 1980s - and the, slightly confused, in-between, brand called Sachs-Huret. And it produced some, slightly confused, in-between derailleurs - like this Sachs-Huret Rival.

It's dull not quirky - a relatively poor imitation of a, decade out-of-date, mid-1970s Shimano. It uses more aluminium parts than your average Huret, but more folded sheet steel than a mid-range Shimano. And it weighs a stonking 259g at a time when a mid 1980s Shimano 600 came in around 200g. And, and, and, it's almost deliberately ugly.

Even the logos are slightly confused. The 'Sachs-Huret' bit is cold, clean, modern and angular. The 'Rival' bit is florid, traditional and extravagant.


This example displays the following features:

  • It has a short, 50mm, pulley cage.
  • It has an inner pulley cage plate with a built in spoke protector. This is what makes it the 'second style' of 41.1D model.


  • Derailleur brands: Sachs-Huret
  • Categories: Sachs-Huret - the Rival story
  • Country: Germany, manufactured in France
  • Date of introduction: 1986?
  • Date of this example: 1986 (stamped 1186, week 11 1986)
  • Model no.: 41.1D
  • Weight: 258g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth (bike shop folklore)
  • Total capacity: 30 teeth (bike shop folklore)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 50mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely steel with an aluminium outer parallelogram plate and b-knuckle.
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