Rino Leader? (1st style)

Rino derailleur (4th style) main image

There’s laziness and there’s laziness. Rino got into derailleur production by heavily copying SunTour designs - but at least they made a few detail changes and organised the production themselves (in Italy).

This, later, Rino model shows no such enterprise - it is a straight DNP model with the word ‘Rino’ embossed on the outer parallelogram plate. The pulley wheels carry DNP branding.

I have been told that this model is called the Rino Leader - but I have not real evidence for this.

Technically this design is very derivative of Shimano’s original 600 designs. As such it lacks a slant parallelogram, and so is inherently less sophisticated (and is considerably heavier) than the design Rino were using a decade earlier.

One step forward and two, three or four steps back.

  • Derailleur brands: Rino, manufactured by DNP
  • Country: Italy, manufactured in Taiwan
  • Date of introduction: 1984?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 240g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth
  • Pulley centre to centre: 53.5mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely aluminium with steel pulley cage plates and inner parallelogram plate