US Patent 3,903,751 - Excel Dynamic main image US Patent 4,038,878 - Excel main image US Patent 4,051,738 - Excel main image

I personally only remember one thing about Excel and that is that they produced their Ultimate derailleur (made for them by Rino) which was used by Lon Haldeman in the 1983 Race Across America.

Frank Berto reports that:

  • ‘In 1982, Excel, a division of Beatrice Foods, started making low-priced ... derailleurs in Illinois.’

However there are various bits and pieces of evidence pointing to Excel manufacturing cheap, relatively nasty derivatives of European derailleurs (Simplex Prestige and Huret Allvit rear, Campagnolo Valentino front) in the mid-1970’s. These may possibly have been original equipment on Sears and Huffy bikes around that time.

Excel also manufactured the Elgin American for Sears.

In April 1974, Beatrice Foods, of Elgin, Illinois, filed US patent # 3,903,751, relating to derailleur design. The Excel Dynamic (and Dynamic II) derailleurs in this collection are covered by this patent.