Roto Scorpion

Roto Scorpion derailleur main image

Roto spent the 1970s making a budget gear by copying a 10 year old Huret design (the Svelto) - so with the dawn of the 1980s they stepped up a gear - and made a budget gear by copying a 7 year old Huret design (the Challenger/Eco). As usual they applied their signature touches - brilliant chrome, stylish black highlights and an unmistakable feeling of cheapness.

I like the cubist styling and the ‘Scorpion’ name - many non-cyclists comment that derailleurs with hanger plates resemble scorpions in some way.

  • Derailleur brands: Roto
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 1982?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: 9002?
  • Weight: 229g including hanger plate
  • Maximum cog: 26 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 22 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 43mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: steel