ESKA Stabil (1st style)

ESKA Stabil derailleur (1st style) main image

The ESKA Stabil is an interesting mix of a SunTour V and a Favorit Special - and it’s hard to think of two more different derailleurs to try to blend together.

The slant parallelogram, the curve of the knuckles and the two adjustment screws on the rear are pure SunTour V. The pulley wheels, the spring cover on the front knuckle and the way the hanger plate stop works are pure Favorit Special. In another parallel with the SunTour V series, I believe that ESKA also made a version with a long pulley cage.

Like the Favorit, the ESKA may lack a certain polish, but it has a solid and businesslike quality to it. Indeed, belying ESKA’s Sudeten heritage, ‘stabil’ means ‘sturdy’ or ‘well-built’ in German (and I am told that it doesn’t mean anything much at all in Czech).

I think that this is an earlier version, with a cast aluminium name plate, chromed outer parallelogram plate and elegantly domed cable clamp nut.

I like it.

  • Derailleur brands: ESKA
  • Country: Czech Republic - Czechoslovakia at the time
  • Date of introduction: 1990?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 318g including hanger plate
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 46mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely aluminium with steel parallelogram plates