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In your opinion, what is the best looking rear derailer?

Old 08-08-21, 06:58 AM
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Galli Criterium

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Old 08-08-21, 09:59 AM
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Short cage DX is a looker too

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Old 08-08-21, 03:56 PM
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They are all pretty ugly, so I go with whats the best shifting rear derailleur. Of course we are talking CV friction.
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Old 08-08-21, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
Nothing else in this thread even comes close to this.
How 'bout Victory?


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Old 08-08-21, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
They are all pretty ugly, so I go with whats the best shifting rear derailleur. Of course we are talking CV friction.
Tim

That MT-60 is a real sleeper. Great derailleur.

It is very nice looking, especially for 87. It is really not that far off in looks from the RD-7703 above.

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Old 08-08-21, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
Knock-offs usually don't look nicer than the derailleurs they copy, but this one is an exception. Not that the Crane GS looks bad by any stretch, but Shimano's properly-designed b-knuckle isn't quite as pretty as Campagnolo's exploding b-knuckle (at least prior to it exploding), and I'm not quite sure what Shimano was going for with the sorta-drilled-esque tensioner cage plates.


One extra-beautiful thing about Shimano's 600 Arabesque derailleurs is that its knock-offs are beautifully weird.

Yeah I believe SunRace did a knock off as well it is fun what these other companies copy. The old tourney derailleur has been craziest one, so many copies.
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Old 08-08-21, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Yeah I believe SunRace did a knock off as well
That's actually what my photo is. SunRace sold copies of the Shimano 600 Arabesque derailleurs under the SunRace 555 name, and this particular one was rebranded for Lepper.
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Old 08-08-21, 09:09 PM
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+1 Huret Jubilee. I had one on my old Raleigh Super Course from 1975. Beautiful design, light weight and great shifter. Piece of cake to adjust.


Simplicity....


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Old 08-08-21, 09:11 PM
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I love the classic Campy, Suntour and Simplex mechs shown in this thread. But just to mix it up, here are a few interesting ones that I think look pretty cool:

Rotor Uno



Mavic Mektronic -- kinda weird looking, but also pretty cool. The French seem to be good at this type of thing - like a Citroen or something. Deserves props for being (I believe) the first electronic derailleur:



Paul Powerglide. These usually came in gaudy anodized color combinations (very 90s), but it's a really cool looking chunk of metal IMO:



Hard to find a good picture of this one, but I always thought the Gripshft (later SRAM) ESP 9.0 carbon rear derailleur looked nice. I had one of these on my MTB in about 1996 I think.

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Old 08-09-21, 07:03 PM
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1st generation Suntour Superbe:



Fresh out of it's red & gold 1980 box... still had the hanger bolt twist-tied to the derailleur. Gorgeous satin finish, little stipples under the black anodizing on the label area, the lettering on the pivots is super sharp and crisp... hell, even the spring is pretty. (It's one long piece of wire, with a neat-o little pentagonal "pad" bent into it where it bears on the parallelogram body... durned thing probably took forever to bend.)

And it shifts even better than it looks.

--Shannon

PS: Also, the Mavic SSC was a knockout.
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Old 08-10-21, 12:57 PM
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I still can't get past the obvious herpes jokes, but it is a beautiful machine.
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Old 08-10-21, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
How 'bout Victory?
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Old 08-10-21, 01:10 PM
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Close the thread- the winner was finally mentioned!
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Old 08-10-21, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Close the thread- the winner was finally mentioned!
I bought a frame simply to put 600 tricolor on it and then proceeded to ride the frame once and hang it up and stare at it occasionally. Not that I disliked the bike I just had so many and so much going on it just isn't really what I want to go for when I ride but it looks nice. That tricolor logo just always makes me smile maybe 7400 shifts a little better but tricolor and 600/Ultegra in general has always looked better except maybe the 9 speed era.
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Old 08-10-21, 08:33 PM
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Another vote for the Campy C Record. It is gorgeous !!
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Old 08-11-21, 12:54 AM
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Shimano Deore XT RD-M772
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Old 08-11-21, 03:43 AM
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Another vote for the Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Preferably 1976, if only because that's the year I started cycling "seriously." All I could afford at the time was a Motobecane Mirage with decent Suntour and other components, one step up from rock bottom (Huret, I think, on the Nomade, which I also had briefly)... while lusting over the Campy goodies in the magazines and stores.

It just looks right... as long as you need only a corncob freewheel with five cogs and don't plan to shift much in a hurry.

I enjoy this summary from the excellent Disraeli Gears site:
Frank Berto caustically comments that the Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear derailleur shifted poorly, but was so well constructed that it would keep on shifting exactly as poorly - forever.



In terms of form and function, I must be partial to both the Suntour GPX Accushift and Shimano 600 (6401) Tricolor rear derailleurs, because I use both. They're cosmetically similar: blue/grey accents, mostly smooth lines, rounded edges, shrouded pulleys. Pretty simple, reliable, subdued good looks.

Both work equally well, once the Suntour drivetrain is tweaked. After piddling with the GPX RD for the first year, fussing over minor issues, I realized the main problem isn't the derailleur but the original Suntour chain (awful, the crudest built chain I've seen on a modern bike) and Alpha freewheels. Switching to a KMC Z72 chain and SunRace MFR30 or MFM30 freewheels resolved all my shifting complaints. And I replaced the draggy original sintered bearing pulleys with excellent but affordable Tacx Delrin sealed bearing pulleys, which I even prefer over Shimano Centeron.

And I have some Dura Ace 8 and 10 speed stuff, but for some reason haven't installed 'em yet. That was my 2020 project but all I wanted to do was ride my bike, so the DA stuff is still in a box waiting for that round tuit.
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Old 08-11-21, 05:35 AM
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Campagnolo C Record


Very nice but why does this RD remind me of a PIXAR lobster
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Old 08-11-21, 05:55 AM
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After reading this thread, I'm concluding that derailleurs are like feet...
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Old 08-11-21, 06:21 AM
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Function or style?

This is a great one for style points.

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Old 08-12-21, 11:23 AM
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The definition of bike jewelry

This ones underrated.
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Old 08-12-21, 01:57 PM
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Campagnolo C Record


My favorite also. I also like the simplicity Mavic. Dura Ace 7400 & Suntour Superbe Pro is up there also.

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Old 08-12-21, 02:49 PM
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I like pretty much all the SunTour Cyclone/GT series, and even though Disraeli Gears can't stand its beefier pulley cage arm or whatever, I dig it, and it just looks like what nicer bikes had when I was a kid, before Shimano indexed became ubiquitous.

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Old 08-12-21, 03:52 PM
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I'm not big on derailleurs (more of a single-speed fan) but that Campagnolo C Record looks amazing.
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Old 08-12-21, 04:30 PM
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What a blast from the past, I can't believe how many of these beauties that I owned at one point. The Superb was a very underrated product, it shifted incredibly well in its era and was elegant.
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