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Falcon Novel (MR40?)

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The Falcon Novel is just a typical low-end Taiwanese derailleur with plastic knuckles and pressed steel parts. Even the pulley axles are rivets rather than removable bolts.

But the Falcon Novel is also not just a typical low-end Taiwanese derailleur. The geometry is taken from a 1990 SunTour XCT - and so it incorporates a slant parallelogram. The outer pulley cage plate is clearly labelled 'Quick Cage' as it has a gap in it that allows the chain to be unshipped speedily and easily. Here it draws on inspiration from a 1970s SunTour V GT. And finally it is not called the 'Falcon XR123456XY', but the 'Falcon Novel' and sports a colourful and possibly even alluring logo. These are pleasingly interesting features for such an inexpensive item.

Kudos to Falcon.


  • Derailleur brands: Falcon
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Date of introduction: 1999?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 267g
  • Maximum cog: unknown
  • Total capacity: unknown
  • Pulley centre to centre: 75mm
  • Index compatibility: 6, 7 and 8 speed
  • Chain width: 3/32"
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely steel, with composite knuckles
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