Simplex Prestige Cadet (1st style)

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To celebrate their 1962 move from steel to modern space-age plastic technology Simplex launched a range that perversely included this living fossil. The Prestige Cadet is a single pulley derailleur - for those stick-in-the-muds who still dreaded the extra ‘drag’ caused by a second pulley wheel.

One pulley gave less drag, less weight - but no capacity and, more importantly, a gear change so imprecise as to be worse than useless.

This version has the early ‘thumb-wheel’ adjusters.

  • Derailleur brands: Simplex
  • Categories: Simplex - the Prestige story
  • Themes: Small wheels on my wagon
  • Country: France
  • Date of introduction: 1962
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 158g including hanger plate
  • Maximum cog: 22 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 8 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: not applicable
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32” and 1/8”?
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: none
  • Materials: largely plastic, with a steel pulley cage
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