Shimano Titlist (D-601)

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If the Crane was symbolic of Shimano’s determination to mix it with the best, the Titlist was the gear that was actually designed to do the business. The Titlist shared the same parallelogram but had steel cage plates. Mysteriously, this small change meant the price was much, much lower.

The first style of Titlist had a cast outer cable stop, just like the first style of Crane (they both use the same casting).

The Crane was exotic, expensive, and in Britain, at least, a minor seller in a market dominated by Campagnolo. In contrast, the more affordable Titlist was a runaway hit, shifting better than anything from Europe (but not as well as the SunTour V) and selling better than anything from Europe (but not as well as the SunTour V). It was fitted in quantity as original equipment on numbers of mid range bikes.

I consider it to be the ‘first ancestor’ of both Ultegra and Deore XT - which is a pretty significant position to hold in the history of the derailleur.

  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Categories: Shimano - the Ultegra story, Shimano - the Deore XT story
  • Country: Japan
  • Date of introduction: 1971
  • Date of this example: unknown (no two letter date code, and has ‘3.3.3.’ marking on pulleys)
  • Model no.: D-601 without hanger plate, D-600 with hanger plate (also 52800012 and possibly DB-200)
  • Weight: 247g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth (Sutherland’s 4th edition)
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth (Sutherland’s 4th edition)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 45mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: two sprung pivots
  • Materials: aluminium parallelogram, steel pulley cage plates
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Browse associated documents.

US Trademark # 1,084,407

US Trademark # 1,084,407

US Trademark 1,084,407 - Shimano Titlist thumbnail

Shimano Bicycle Parts - 1973

Shimano Bicycle Parts - 1973

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Date: 1973
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to mention - see individual pages
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