Favorit (1st style)

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This Favorit pull-chain design is very competent copy of a Huret from the 1950s. As such it forms part of a pattern that includes many of its various Eastern European contemporaries, such as the Renak and Optima models from the DDR.

It has ball bearings in its pulley wheels, is well finished (but without the lush chrome of the Optima), and the spring tension adjustment has a pleasant feel to it. It also has quite racy geometry, with a short pulley cage at the pulley cage pivot about 60mm from the hub axle centre.

I think this is a well used, but tidy, example of an earlier version, with the simple branding, machined support for the adjustable cable outer stop, and knurled grip on the spring tension adjustment ring.

I particularly like the type face - very something-or-other (Jugendstyl? Bauhaus?).

  • Derailleur brands: Favorit
  • Country: Czech Republic - Czechoslovakia at the time
  • Date of introduction: 1956?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 250g including integrated hanger plate
  • Maximum cog: 24 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 22 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 46mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 1/8”?
  • Logic: low normal
  • B pivot: none
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: steel