Designed to be a mass market indexed derailleur, the VIC is a steel monster vaguely reminiscent of the Huret Allvit. Unlike the Allvit, its parallelogram is made up of ‘three dimensional’ arms (like a SunTour Honor) rather than made up of flat plates (like a Huret Svelto), and the guide pulley moves forwards as it moves inwards. The basic geometry has many elements of a design of the SunTour Love (LV00) that SunTour patented (US patent # 4,789,379) in 1987. This geometry is quite interesting, promising the advantages of a slant parallelogram, without the torque across the parallelogram pivots. The VIC should have changed as well as a SunTour V and lasted as long as a Campagnolo Nuovo Record.

The price to pay for this sophistication is a lorra, lorra metal, as Cilla would say. Not a good way to keep down the weight on a low end steel gear. I believe it was a commercial disaster.

Finally the VIC is one of a select band of derailleurs which have the logo upside down for easy reading from low flying helicopters.


  1. Brand: Sugino

  2. Country: Japan, manufactured in China

  3. Date of introduction: 1996

  4. Date of this example: unknown (stamped lot no E-3)

  5. Model no: RD11

  6. Weight: 455g including hanger plate

  7. Maximum cog: 32 teeth

  8. Total capacity: 38 teeth

  9. Pulley centre to centre: 85mm

  10. Index compatibility: 6 speed

  11. Chain width: 3/32”

  12. Logic: top normal

  13. Pivots: two pivots, front sprung and rear unsprung

  14. Material: steel


Sugino VIC