DISRAELI GEARS

Rino Leader? (2nd style)

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I believe that the very last Rino derailleurs to be unleashed on the world were rebranded DNP Epoch-1s. The DNP Epoch-1 was, itself, a faithful copy of a SunTour Cyclone 7000. So there is not much of Rino's DNA even close to this derailleur. However this mongrel parentage means that it is a relatively well designed and solidly engineered object - if a little heavy.

There is a bit of a trend here. FiR also offered rebranded DNP Epoch-1s as their lower-end models - although FiR up-specced even these with Allen key cable clamp bolts and classy finishes.


This, rather clean and lightly used, example is the short cage version - which, I have been told, may be called the Rino Leader - although I do not have any documentary evidence for this.


  • Derailleur brands: Rino, manufactured by DNP
  • Country: Italy, manufactured in Taiwan
  • Date of introduction: 1985?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 261g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 53.5mm
  • Index compatibility: 6 speed
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: aluminium knuckles and outer parallelogram plate, the rest is steel
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