Triplex Profesional (4th style)

Triplex Profesional (4th style) derailleur main image

Various people have told me various different model names for this derailleur including ‘C’, ‘CC’ and ‘Profesional’. I have gone with ‘Profesional’ because it is similar to the Profesional model on the 2003 Triplex web site.

I remember this low-rent copy of Campagnolo’s C-Record being fitted on various dead-beat French racers - a rather nasty Motobecane springs to mind - or was it a Gitane? You know the kind of thing - slippery steel drop bars, weird French frame dimensions and one of those rock-hard plastic saddles that Charles Graner and Lynndie England could have got some mileage out of in Abu Ghraib.

It shares the badly finished castings and horribly unfriendly adjustment screws of the Triplex CS, but I like it better - possibly because copying a derailleur as absurd as the C-Record shows a certain chutzpah. However, unlike the C-Record the Triplex C has only one sprung pivot.

I’ll bet that aerodynamic pulley cage makes all the difference - reminding me of all those calculations that ‘scientists’ made after the magnificent Laurent Fignon was beaten by 8 seconds by the tedious Greg Lemond. Would The Professor have won if he had cut off his pony-tail? Maybe he should have used a Triplex Profesional...

  • Derailleur brands: Triplex
  • Country: Spain
  • Date of introduction: 1985?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 211g
  • Maximum cog: 28 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 28 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 46mm
  • Index compatibility: friction?
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: aluminium