German Patent # 2,314,555 - Sachs

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This is one of a series of derailleur patents granted to Eduard Bergles and assigned to Sachs in the mid 1970s. At this point in derailleur history there was a settled 'classic' design (the Campagnolo Nuovo Record) and a settled set of insurgent designs (the SunTour V GT and Shimano Crane). Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Sachs were determined to come up with something radically, or even insanely, different.

This particular absurdity uses a pair of leaf springs to power the sideways movement of the pulley cage. As such it owes something to the 1940s designs of Jean Ras.