DISRAELI GEARS

Super Champion OE

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This is a well used example of a Super Champion OE. Some of its features are shared with the Super Champion Super Mondial (3rd style) in this collection:

  • The hole for the dropout bolt is keyhole shaped to accept one of Super Champion's distinctive shaped dropout bolt and nut arrangements that allow a modicum of rotation.
  • The pulley cage is 47mm long.
  • The outer pulley cage plate is made of some kind of white metal that oxidises to a dull grey.
  • The inner pulley cage plate is thin steel and is shaped so that the pulley bolt nuts are recessed.
  • The pulley bolts have domed heads and mount from the outside inwards.

but some are brand, spanking, new:

  • the elegant bell-crank like operating mechanism
  • the top normal logic
  • the, rather refined, black detailing

The Super Champion OE was strikingly more sophisticated than the, then best selling, Simplex Tour de France. But the Simplex was cheap and everywhere - including being fitted on the bikes of the leading Tour de France stars. Regretably, Super Champion's time had passed.

Two further points:

  • The 'OE' in the model name stands for 'Oscar Egg' - the legendary rider who owned Super Champion
  • The letter 'E' in the 'OE' of this example is misshapen. You can see exactly the same misshapen 'E' in the example photographed in New Cycling magazine in 1981.


  • Derailleur brands: Super Champion
  • Themes: Ultra-lightweight - short cage models
  • Country: France
  • Date of introduction: 1952?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 203g excluding hanger bolt
  • Maximum cog: 24 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 24 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 47mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32" and 1/8”?
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: none
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely white metal, with a steel main mounting arm and inner pulley cage plate, and an aluminium nut through which the toggle chain runs.
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