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Old 06-14-11, 10:38 AM
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Has anyone found any old Jeunet catalogues online? I'd love to figure more out about my Jeunet, like the model and year. I've never been able to find any other examples of mine online, and have only seen one in real life, right here in town.
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Has anyone found any old Jeunet catalogues online? I'd love to figure more out about my Jeunet, like the model and year. I've never been able to find any other examples of mine online, and have only seen one in real life, right here in town.

Here's something.
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I'd love to find a higher end model. Everything above the 620 is Reynolds DB 531.
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Found this one at the Dump and, until today, I forgot I had the darn thing...

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I think yours is older.
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Since Jeunet is getting some recent love on this thread, I'll just keep it going with one more pic. Here's my 1972 Juenet 630, reconfigured a bit and turned into a 1x5 porteur-style bike. Funny how the French would spec Reynolds 531 frames with plastic derailleurs...

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The plastic derailers shifted better than Campy NR when they were new and the plastic had not become brittle with age. Peugeot PX10s had plastic derailers until the late seventies. My Criterium lasted ten years.
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I'll pile on. Here's mine. Same model, year and size as Southpaw's. Goes to show that a bike can serve lots of roles. The paint has lots of wear, but there's zero rust and after a good polish it has a certain appeal to me.



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This likely won't be mine for long, but I couldn't pass on it. '50s (maybe) Oscar Egg 650B city bike. The original wheels/transmission has been converted to SA & 26 X 1 3/8 wheels. This is in 'as found' condition. Desperately needs a leather saddle! More discussion here.

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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
The plastic derailers shifted better than Campy NR when they were new and the plastic had not become brittle with age. Peugeot PX10s had plastic derailers until the late seventies. My Criterium lasted ten years.
Prestige derailleurs shift beautifully and in many cases the jockey wheels are the weak point... these can be replaced with Suntour jockey wheels.
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I replaced the pulleys on all of my Simplex derailers with Bullseye pulleys. I'm not a big spender, I bought them before they became so expensive.
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Gotta keep this thread going,
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and again;
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Prestige derailleurs shift beautifully and in many cases the jockey wheels are the weak point... these can be replaced with Suntour jockey wheels.
That's correct.
Here the ball-bearing equipped Simplex jockey wheels are much better than the standard ones (it seems the early 60s Simplex RD came in 2 versions: ball-bearings vs. bushings
see: https://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/r.amaki/prestige.htm
1962: first -> jockey wheels with bushings, second -> ball-bearings / 1963/64: ball-bearings etc.)
I use some of the latter on my bikes which I received in (partly very) neglected state. After cleaning, greasing and adjusting play these work impeccable as new.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
The plastic derailers shifted better than Campy NR when they were new and the plastic had not become brittle with age. Peugeot PX10s had plastic derailers until the late seventies. My Criterium lasted ten years.
Oh, I agree they shift smoothly enough and are capable derailleurs if intact. But they are heavy, and to spec an otherwise lightweight bike with such a heavy component set seems self-defeating. It just strikes me as bizarre that they would outfit this bike with one of the lightest cranksets, but then tack on one of the heaviest set of mechs and shifters.
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I haven't heard that one before. Delrin is lighter than aluminum. How much does a Simplex Prestige RD weigh?
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
I haven't heard that one before. Delrin is lighter than aluminum. How much does a Simplex Prestige RD weigh?
Compared to their Campagnolo counterparts of the day, the Prestige is extremely lightweight.

The 1965 537 model (no aluminium) weighs 185 grams... WITH the hangar plate.. the Campy NR weighs about 200 grams and the 185 gram weight puts it in line with the 1st year Super Record which used titanium parts to bring it's weight down.

The LJ4000 weighs 258 grams which still makes it quite comparable to many Campagnolo derailleurs as later and lesser models gained a little weight... I think the Victory weighs 214 grams.

My 1st year Cyclone GT weighs 190 grams (short cage model is 185) and the Cyclone Mk2 weighs 164 grams... I don't think there is a modern derailleur that can come close to this even when they use carbon fibre.
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PS: Without any titanium or carbon a Huret Jubilee touring derailleur weighs 145 grams and Huret's late 70's and early 80's derailleurs came in at some astonishing low weights... a New Success hits the curb at 170 grams without the useless plastic plug.

Do have to give Campy points for making derailleurs that did not shift quite as well but could take monstrous amounts of abuse and still keep on ticking.
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Thanks. I had seen that page, but would love to know what model I have:



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Simplex shifters can't weigh much, either.

No wonder I haven't heard that one before.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
Simplex shifters can't weigh much, either.

No wonder I haven't heard that one before.
Obviously you won't find many fans of the flexy plastic Prestige shifters, but the shifting on my rear Prestige DR has pleasantly surprised me - despite having such a terrible reputation for what largely amounts to a jockey wheel problem -(one which is so easily remedied).
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Originally Posted by southpawboston
Since Jeunet is getting some recent love on this thread, I'll just keep it going with one more pic. Here's my 1972 Juenet 630, reconfigured a bit and turned into a 1x5 porteur-style bike. Funny how the French would spec Reynolds 531 frames with plastic derailleurs...

Extremely lovely! Congratulations.
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