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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Newtonville, Massachusetts
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Originally Posted by JiveTurkey
Do "SS", "GS" and "SGS" actually stand for anything?
I think that "GS" once meant "Grand Sport" and "SGS" meant "Super Grand Sport."
This all goes back to the era when wide range derailers and clusters were called "touring" parts. In the late '80s, the marketeers decided that "touring" was no longer a good sales buzzword, and all of these parts were re-christened as "mountain" stuff.
This has caused no end of confusion, as ignorant cyclists often imagine compatibility problems that don't actually exist.
Sheldon "Wide Range" Brown