DISRAELI GEARS

Sachs Rival 7000 (53.11D)

Sachs Rival 7000 main image

Sometime around 1991, Sachs-Huret redesigned the venerable Sachs-Huret Rival ARIS as the Rival 6000 and Rival 7000 series. At the time, I hated the new designs.

Sure the new models had a concealed p-pivot - but they were late to the party - Shimano had introduced this feature with the Shimano Santé five years before.

Sure the new short cage models had an 'aerodynamic' outer pulley cage plate. Again Shimano had long introduced these with the 1986 Santé - and were just about to abandon the idea and reintroduce cut outs with the 1992 Shimano Ultegra 6401. And the Rival 7000 had a steel outer cage plate which was, somehow, particularly naff. Low-end steel never sat happily with high-end aerodynamics.

To add insult to injury, the Rival 7000 managed to weigh more than its predecessor, despite losing the rather pleasant 'light action' sprung cable clamp of the Rival ARIS, and despite having an aluminium, rather than steel, outer parallelogram plate. Seemingly impossible, but strangely true.

And finally, while the Rival ARIS was hardly a beauty, it managed to look serviceable, reliable and rugged. By aspiring to be suave and svelte, the Rival 7000 looked merely pretentious, uncoordinated and ungainly. If you want to make jewellery you need the aesthetic skills of a jeweller - mere engineering won't do.

A low point.


This is a scrappy example of the short cage model.

It is interesting (at least to me) because it is branded 'Sachs' rather than 'Sachs-Huret'. To see this, you have to look hard for the tiny writing on the bottom right of the outer parallelogram plate. I think this dates it from 1992.


  • Derailleur brands: Sachs
  • Categories: Sachs - the Rival story
  • Country: Germany, manufactured in France
  • Date of introduction: 1992
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: 53.11D
  • Weight: 283g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth (bike shop folklore)
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth (bike shop folklore)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 50mm
  • Index compatibility: 8 speed?
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely steel, with aluminium knuckles and outer parallelogram plate
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 01
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 02
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 03
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 04
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 05
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 06
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 07
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 08
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 09
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 10
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 11
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 12
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 13
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 14
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 15
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 16
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 17
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 18
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 19
Sachs Rival 7000 additional image 20
Share this page