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    What was the best FRENCH group set in the Early 80s?

    Can someone tell me what the best French components were in the early 80s?

    Brake Calipers
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    There was one?
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    Brakes -- Mafac
    Shifters -- Simplex
    Crankset -- Stronglight or TA
    Derailleurs -- go abroad (or Huret if you're a glutton for punishment)
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    The Super LJ Simplex derailleurs are hard to beat. Shifters too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satbuilder View Post
    The Super LJ Simplex derailleurs are hard to beat. Shifters too.
    They are very good. They are also uber expensive when you find them.

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    Spidel!
    Which was a mix of the best from Mafac,Simplex and Stringlight put together to showcase the best of French componenty in the early to mid 80's..... That's why their logo bears the map of France in red white and blue flag colors.
    The consortium was formed between the French manufacturers, pretty much to try and save the industry in France because they see the Japanese companies starting to dominate the business in a big way. It's kinda weird that Mavic and Huret did not pitch in.
    In this case, too little, too late........
    I always post this pic of my Spidel LS2 brakeset on my bike to show what I mean when I say they are the best made French brakes of their time:

    Most others look crude in comparison.
    I also like to make a pitch for the Stronglight Delta group, partially represented in this pic with the crankset hubs and pedals on my Peugeot.

    Stronglight's earliest contributions to the then raging "aero" design movement.
    Last edited by Chombi; 09-01-15 at 12:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky View Post
    Brakes -- Mafac
    Shifters -- Simplex
    Crankset -- Stronglight or TA
    Derailleurs -- go abroad (or Huret if you're a glutton for punishment)
    Quote Originally Posted by satbuilder View Post
    The Super LJ Simplex derailleurs are hard to beat. Shifters too.
    Hey, my Jack Taylor resembles that! The SLJ group really does shift well and is smooth and silent, but I've never shared the same love for MAFAC brakes that others have for them. These are the pedestrian Racers, used for their long reach.

    Let's also add MAVIC for hubs. Supremely smooth sealed bearing hubs.









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    Quote Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
    Hey, my Jack Taylor resembles that! The SLJ group really does shift well and is smooth and silent, but I've never shared the same love for MAFAC brakes that others have for them. These are the pedestrian Racers, used for their long reach.

    Let's also add MAVIC for hubs. Supremely smooth sealed bearing hubs.









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    @Chombi - It would be great to see more of that bike. From what I see it's really elegant.
    @southpawboston - gorgeous.
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    Nothing to talk about here but scroll along the beautiful depictions
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    I was surprised how well my SLJ5500 shifts as I thought that it would nowhere be as good as the offset upper pivot Simplex derailleurs (SX610 and SLJ6600). I was wrong.... It's one of my best shifting RDs right now! I suspect that the SLJ5500 shifts very well because of the free/springed upper pivot that most other straight parallelogram RDs do not have. Could be too that the narrow, 7 speed Sedis/Sachs chain I have on it really works better with a "regular" spaced Maillard 6 speed Course FW.
    I cannot believe what new things a C&Ver can still find out by just juggling around some favorite components....

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    More like mid-80s, but the Mavic SSC group featuring the fantastic 501/500 hubs, erector-style rear derailleur (801/851) mated with Simplex retrofriction shifters, elegant headset and stem. My only critique is that some of the parts were made by other companies and re-branded, such and the brakes (by Modolo?). But overall, it's very high performance, attractive and lightweight group. And Kelly used it for many years, which gives it a big added cool factor in my book.



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    Yeah @southpawboston, WOW. Beautiful ride!

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    I'd have picked the Huret Jubilee as the top French Deraillers. Those Speidel brakes look suspiciously like Modolo.

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    The Huret Duopar was a very good touring derailleur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironwood View Post
    The Huret Duopar was a very good touring derailleur.
    SunTour derailleurs - Frank Berto and the curse of Duopar page 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by wulf View Post
    those speidel brakes look suspiciously like modolo.
    They are MAFAC LSX. The adjusters upgraded them from LS2.
    Last edited by Grand Bois; 09-01-15 at 03:00 PM.

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