For model year 1996 the Record OR finally disappeared, ending Campagnolo's brief, but disastrous, flirtation with mountain biking. In other news, the Avanti group got a triple derailleur, and every derailleur was refreshed - except, inexplicably, the Mirage Triple (!?@*!).
The derailleur range was:
- Campagnolo Record (RD-41RE)*
- Campagnolo Chorus (RD-41CH)*
- Campagnolo Athena (RD-41AT)*
- Campagnolo Racing Triple (RD-11RA3)*
- Campagnolo Veloce (RD-31VL)*
- Campagnolo Veloce Triple (RD-13VL)*
- Campagnolo Mirage (RD-11MI)*
- Campagnolo Mirage Triple (RD-03MI)
- Campagnolo Avanti (RD-11AV)*
- Campagnolo Avanti Triple (RD-03AV)*
* New for model year 1996
From some time around 1992 the part numbers were made up as follows:
- 'RD' for 'rear derailleur' - which was not particularly Italian.
- A dash for good measure
- A number to indicate the 'generation' of the model. So, for example, generation '2' replaced generation '1', etc...
- A number to indicate the cage length. So '1' indicated short, '2' indicated medium and '3' indicated long. etc...
- Two letters that indicated the model/group name. So, for example, 'RE' meant Record.
From 1995 this plan was disturbed by the Racing Triple, which had a cage length digit of '1', and then a '3' at the end. Weird or what?
These images come from a pdf downloaded from the Campagnolo web site some years ago. The rear derailleurs are featured from page 18 to page 24.