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Zeus New Racer (2nd style)

Zeus New Racer derailleur (2nd style) main image

I liked the New Racer the best of the models in Zeus’ 1984 line up, released as a belated response to the ‘modernised’ Campagnolo Super Record of 1979. It did not matter that it was so out-of-date because, with its plastic knuckles, it was relatively cheap, very light and quite nicely made. I don’t know if the plastic stood up to the rough and tumble of real-life use.


  • Derailleur brands: Zeus
  • Country: Spain
  • Date of introduction: 1984
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 174g excluding an aluminium plate that fits between upper knuckle and hanger that is missing from this example.
  • Maximum cog: 30 teeth
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 45mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: two pivots, front sprung and rear unsprung
  • Materials: largely aluminium, but with plastic knuckles
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