DISRAELI GEARS

ZZR (1st style)

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This ZZR is a carbon copy of a Simplex Juy-51 - a design that uses two cables - one to tension the spring. This ZZR has all the Simplex features including the legendary ‘Get-You-Home patented gear selector’, that allowed you to trap the toggle chain if the cable snapped.

Despite all this exceedingly faithful copying, the ZZR still lacks the finish (and touch of bling) that lends the Simplex a modicum of period charm.

However the most amazing feature of this derailleur is that the earliest record that I have found of its existence is a Romet instruction book from 1971. It is also conspicuously missing from all earlier Polish instruction books, the latest of which that I have seen, dates from 1967. This seems to imply that this 1951 design, that had been unquestionably obsolete since 1961, was actually introduced into the Polish market after 1967, and possibly as late as 1971. Helpfully, Google Translator gives the Polish translation of ‘time warp’ as ‘time warp’.

I have photographed this example with the top knuckle spring disengaged - to allow the derailleur to take up a more normal position.


  • Derailleur brands: ZZR
  • Country: Poland
  • Date of introduction: 1971?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 271g including hanger plate, but excluding drop out bolt
  • Maximum cog: 26 teeth
  • Total capacity: 20 teeth
  • Pulley centre to centre: 44mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: unknown
  • Logic: low normal
  • B pivot: two sprung pivots
  • Materials: steel, with aluminium pulley cage plates
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