Sure it’s a slant parallelogram design, sure it’s all metal, sure it’s perfectly serviceable, but all the style and pride that Ofmega expressed in their earlier designs is long gone. The castings are slightly imprecise and have a light case of acne. On the steel pulley cage plates the styling is a touch clumsy, the edges are a bit rough, the chrome is inconsistent, sometimes silky and smooth, sometimes thin, rough and wrinkly. And, at times, the branding looks like badly applied Letraset.
In its Simplex guise this derailleur was called the ‘Vallée’. Ofmega called it the ‘Linea’. I was told that this design was supposed to compete, head-to-head with Shimano's Ultegra. Some chance. ‘Vallée’? ‘Linea’? I call it ‘commercial suicide by laziness’.
I think that this is an early version of an Ofmega Linea. I think the Linea was launched with a choice of one of two finishes - this 'all polished' look or a painted two-tone grey finish. Its main features are:
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