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Shimano 600 (6100)

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The early Shimano 600 derailleurs were revolutionary in a number of ways. They were part of a full groupset - a new phenomenon for a mid level price point, they were designed for Campagnolo drop-outs (gone was the homage to Simplex), and most important of all, they were well finished and looked ruthlessly composed and modern. I can well remember marvelling at the sheer glamour of mid-range bikes kitted out in the full 600 groupset - they looked so much better than their peers clad in a mishmash of Weinmann centre pulls, SR cranks and SunTour V series gears.

This example is a short pulley cage version of the second generation which have 6100 model numbers. The distinguishing feature is that the ‘600’ on the outer parallelogram plate is in small script - I have never been able to detect if there were any more substantive differences.

All in all, a pretty damn fine derailleur - particularly in its short cage version, which gave a pleasant fluid gear change despite its lack of a slant parallelogram.

The 6100 series of Shimano’s 600 groupset was the first to sell in quantity in Britain. It feels like an old friend!


  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Categories: Shimano - the Ultegra story, Shimano - the Deore XT story
  • Country: Japan
  • Date of introduction: 1976
  • Date of this example: 1976 (two letter date code is AL)
  • Model no.: 6100
  • Weight: 231g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth (Sutherland’s 6th edition)
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth
  • Pulley centre to centre: 46mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely aluminium, steel pulley cage plates
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Shimano exploded views - 600 (before Ultegra)

Shimano exploded views - 600 (before Ultegra)

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Date:
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too many to list here
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Shimano Bicycle System Components (02/1977)

Shimano Bicycle System Components (02/1977)

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Date: February 1977
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to list here
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Shimano Bicycle System Components (03/1977 leaflet)

Shimano Bicycle System Components (03/1977 leaflet)

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Date: March 1977
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to list here
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Shimano Bicycle System Components (05/1978)

Shimano Bicycle System Components (05/1978)

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Date: May 1978
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to mention - see individual pages
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Shimano Bicycle System Components (12/1978)

Shimano Bicycle System Components (12/1978)

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Date: December 1978
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to list here
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Shimano Bicycle System Components - 1981

Shimano Bicycle System Components - 1981

  • Publisher: Shimano
  • Date: December 1980
  • Derailleur brands: Shimano
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to mention - see individual pages
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