La Bicicletta Guida '88 - I componenti da corsa

La Bicicletta Guida 1988 February - I componenti da corsa scan 01 main image

Here we have a buyer's guide to Italian cycle components dating from February 1988. The rear derailleurs are listed on scan 4 and scan 5.

25 rear derailleurs are listed as follows:

  • Campagnolo Record
  • Campagnolo Croce D'Aune
  • Campagnolo Super Record
  • Campagnolo Nuovo Record
  • Campagnolo Rally Touring
  • Campagnolo Chorus SM
  • Campagnolo Chorus LG
  • Campagnolo Nuovo Victory
  • Campagnolo LX
  • Campagnolo Triomphe LZ (?)

  • Galli Aris Professional Team
  • Galli Professional Team
  • Galli Aris Sport Team
  • Galli Sport Team

  • Gian Robert Competition
  • Gian Robert System

  • Gipiemme Cronospecial Exploit
  • Gipiemme Sprint

  • Miche Competition
  • Miche Superfast

  • Ofmega Premier
  • Ofmega Master
  • Ofmega Linea
  • Ofmega Vantage
  • Ofmega Alpine LP

This listing is invaluable - but unfortunately I still do not know what actual derailleurs some of these model names describe!

Some other items of note include:

  • Prices are given for a few models.
  • There is a certain amount of information about the material the derailleur is made from, its weight and the range of rear sprockets that it can handle.
  • The Campagnolo range is still a mess - and even 'new' ranges like Victory and Triomphe are already descending into chaos.
  • Galli, once a bastion of Simplex, has adopted Sachs-Huret models.
  • There are no Rino derailleurs shown.
  • You can feel the enthusuasm of Gian Robert and Gipiemme waning rapidly.
  • The Miche models listed are probably manufactured by SunTour, as they are indexed and the cheaper one has a plastic inner parallelogram plate.
  • Ofmega has become the main Italian rebrander of Simplex. There is also no sign of its Mistral/Mundial range.
  • FiR and Regina each list a number of different components but no derailleurs.
  • Stella has disappeared from the listing.

The future of the Italian derailleur industry did not look good!