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Sachs-Huret New Success grey/silver (47.1D)

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Despite being the spitting image of the 1973 Shimano Crane, the 1985 Sachs-Huret New Success was a huge step forward from its Huret antecedants. Crucially, for Sachs-Huret’s new flagship derailleur, it sported lots of aluminium, only the rear parallelogram plate was a pressing, the other parts were castings, it had a dropped parallelogram (although without any slant). And, finally, real care and attention had been paid to finish, with silky anodising and well chromed small parts.

It was a demonstration by Sachs that they were no longer interested in the ‘French tradition’ of (mostly odd) derailleur design, and were determined to compete with the best in the world - the Japanese.

A good effort - but it is hard to catch up a couple of decades in a single bound.


As with any derailleur bearing the Huret name there are a bewildering number of tiny and meaningless variations of this basic design.

This immaculate example displays the following features:

  • It is largely silver, but with grey knuckles.
  • It is the short pulley cage version. This has shorter parallelogram plates (40mm) than the ‘touring’ version (which has 47mm plates).
  • The inner parallelogram plate is steel and has no depression in its centre.
  • The cable clamp bolt takes a 4mm Allen key.
  • The adjustment screws are NOT labelled 'L' and 'H'.
  • The inner pulley cage does not have a spoke protector at the tension pulley.

Note that the smattering of grey colour used on this model pre-figures the all grey look of the later Sachs-Huret New Success ARIS (47.2D).


  • Derailleur brands: Sachs-Huret
  • Categories: Sachs-Huret - the stubbornly unsuccessful, Success
  • Country: Germany, manufactured in France
  • Date of introduction: 1985
  • Date of this example: 1985 (stamped 5085, week 50 1985)
  • Model no.: 47.1D
  • Weight: 233g
  • Maximum cog: 30 teeth (Sutherlands 6th edition)
  • Total capacity: 30 teeth (Sutherlands 6th edition)
  • Pulley centre to centre: 50mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely aluminium with a steel inner parallelogram plate
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