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Founded in 1895 in Schweinfurt, Fichtel & Sachs (F&S) was one of the great European bicycle component companies. In the 1970’s F&S decided to use the ‘Sachs’ brand for their derailleurs, perhaps to differentiate them from their hub-gears which were still branded ‘Fichtel & Sachs’.

In 1980 F&S bought a controlling interest in Huret, and gradually changed the ‘Huret’ brand into ‘Sachs-Huret’.

Then in 1987 Mannesmann, a giant German engineering conglomerate, bought the F&S group and restructured it. Mannesmann was very unimpressed by the quality of marketing in the European bicycle industry, and, for clarity, decided to change the brand back to plain ‘Sachs’, with the Huret name (and the F&S group’s other French brand names) disappearing from about 1991. Finally in 1997, Mannesmann sold the Sachs Bicycle Components unit of the old F&S to SRAM. SRAM dropped the ‘Sachs’ brand from 1999, but continued with some of Sach’s designs under the ‘SRAM’ brand name.

In terms of derailleurs, the the early years of the Sachs brand were inextricably tied up with Huret. Sachs appears to have ‘own-branded’ both the Huret Svelto and the Huret Eco at various times. The design of Sachs’ own Super Sport owes much to the baleful influence of the Huret Allvit, albeit after being hit with a bizarro ray. Then, of course, Sachs bought Huret, squaring the circle.

By the mid 1980s, however, the post-Huret models were something quite different. They had up-to-date geometry, were solidly engineered, were well finished and oozed German competence, rather than flaky French genius. They were even packaged like consumer products rather than being sold in brown paper bags or wrapped in greaseproof paper. But it was all to no avail. Sachs derailleurs were now very good, but Shimano were better, and most tellingly of all Shimano had got motoring with their integrated groupset idea. Sachs were never able to completely obliterate the obstinately individualistic French character of the various different components of their new empire, their groupsets were always a collection of parts rather than an integrated whole. Finally Sachs, along with the rest of Europe, did not really ‘believe’ in the mountain bike until too late. It took SRAM, with their US background to really break into the volume original equipment market.

There is some history of Sachs on the SRAM website.


Sachs Kettenschaltung Sachs-Sport 1977

Sachs Kettenschaltung Sachs-Sport 1977

  • Publisher: Sachs
  • Date: this document’s code number is ‘770320’ indicating a date of March 1977
  • Derailleur brands: Sachs, manufactured by Huret
  • Derailleurs: Nothing in this collection
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Sachs Liste Nr. 183.6 für Einzelteile 1979

Sachs Liste Nr. 183.6 für Einzelteile 1979

  • Publisher: Sachs
  • Date: this document’s code number is ‘790720’ indicating a date of July 1979
  • Derailleur brands: Sachs, manufactured by Huret
  • Derailleurs: Nothing in this collection
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see also Sachs-Huret Commander - indexing instructions 1981?

see also Sachs-Huret Commander - indexing instructions 1981?

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see also Sachs-Huret Commander - instructions 1981?

see also Sachs-Huret Commander - instructions 1981?

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see also Sachs-Huret - sticker 1983?

see also Sachs-Huret - sticker 1983?

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see also French Registered Design # 845832-002 1984

see also French Registered Design # 845832-002 1984

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see also Sachs-Huret Derailleurs - Speedometers - 1984

see also Sachs-Huret Derailleurs - Speedometers - 1984

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see also MARS Product Line - 2002

see also MARS Product Line - 2002

  • Publisher: MARS
  • Date: 2002
  • Derailleur brands: MARS
  • Derailleurs: MARS 9000, MARS 7000
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