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Simplex Derailleurs - 1971

Simplex Derailleurs - 1971 front cover main image

A typical early 1970s Simplex catalogue - this time in German. A change is as good as a rest (or possibly ein Wechsel ist so gut wie eine Pause).

I particularly note:

  • The presence of the Simplex Mini Prestige (page 8) - a derailleur for ‘mini-folding’ bikes and children’s bikes.
  • The ‘Click-Shift’ indexed levers and the ‘Stick-Shift’, oh-so-cool, low-rider, levers on Page 10
  • The presence of touring equipment, like 28/50 chainring sets (page 14) - but the total absence of long cage derailleurs. Simplex really did believe that the standard Simplex Prestige was a viable touring derailleur.
  • The strange and interesting information about the company’s capital structure on the rear cover.


  • Publisher: Simplex
  • Country: France
  • Date: 1970
  • Derailleur brands: Simplex
  • Derailleurs: Simplex Criterium (637), Simplex Prestige (637), Simplex Mini-Prestige (513)
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