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Hello bought a Royal Enfield frame for 4 pounds and found that it had huret gears but with smooth jockey wheels.Searching on the forum there seems to be a consensus of opinion that this mech is not very good is that the case?.
The handlebar stem is a cadet make but I could not find out any info on the forum, seems a little bit different with the :hole; in the top of the stem. Funny because I bought a dawes frame as well and the stem on it also has a hole at the top of the stem but is not named. Cheers.
08-08-09, 10:41 AM
Looks like a good candidate to add to Velobase (http://velobase.com/Default.aspx).
08-08-09, 12:24 PM
The Svelto was actually a pretty decent derailleur; better than the "Alvit" used on so many Schwinns, and an impressive feat of sheet metal folding. The basic design of the Svelto was later used for the high-end "Jubilee" rear derailleur (http://www.velobase.com/ViewSingleComponent.aspx?ID=43D5FE85-6792-4E42-96B9-1243FEB84291&Enum=108&AbsPos=1), which 30 years after its introduction is still one of the lightest (if not the lightest) production derailleur ever made. Furthermore, the Svelto is endorsed by no less a luminary than Yellow Jersey's Andy Muzi (http://www.cyclingforums.com/archive/index.php/t-192611.html).
Your "Royal Enfield" look like a nice find; in the late 70s Royal Enfield moved production to Taiwan and the bikes were generic department store crap.
Keep a close eye on that stem; its design is alarmingly similar to the infamous AVA "Death Stem" (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/velos.html), although if yours is steel rather than aluminum it should be fine.
08-08-09, 12:33 PM
looks like a great find for a rock-bottom price. I'd be a little leery of that stem (seems close enough to the AVA break-away style to inspire no-confidence, until someone with experience can confirm). And now to hijack the thread: I've only seen Huret use the non-toothed pulleys and never noticed anything either positive or negative around that choice...yet everybody else that makes (made) derailleurs chose to put teeth on their pulleys. Anybody have insight?
08-08-09, 01:22 PM
Most derailleurs used non-tooth pulleys until the 1960s anyway.
Hello Thank you for replies the other components on this frame were as in photos a nice cottered crank 5 speed ofcourse and weinmann centre pull brakes. To the respondent who stated svelto I was thinking in french 5velto then again being scottish I have problems thinking/writing in ENGLISH at this moment in time saturday night it is either no more beer or no more typing guess what wins GOODBYE Cheers
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