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