Falcon SGS

Falcon SGS derailleur main image

I think this is a fairly early Taiwanese derivative of the Shimano Skylark. It has the cable clamp mounted on the front knuckle (rather than the outer parallelogram plate), it has springs on the adjustment screws to prevent loosening (rather than the later plastic piece) and it is branded with large embossed letters. These are features of the Shimano Skylark from 1974, and they had all disappeared from the Skylark by 1981.

Interestingly the design of the cable clamp arrangement is ‘borrowed’ from SunTour rather than from Shimano.

This example is the very long cage ‘SGS’ version, with a 10mm threaded hanger bolt. It is probably a slightly later version than my SS example, because it has an SGS cage, a Phillips head cable clamp bolt and an inner pulley cage plate shaped to avoid catching in the spokes of the back wheel.

  • Derailleur brands: Falcon
  • Country: Taiwan
  • Date of introduction: 1985?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown (inner parallelogram plate stamped ‘Made in Taiwan’)
  • Weight: 295g excluding hanger plate
  • Maximum cog: 34 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 40 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 84mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: steel