The Derailleur Project

Dé-rail-leur: noun 

A bicycle mechanism that moves the chain allowing it to shift to different gears.

The heart of a modern bicycle is the rear dérailleur also known as the “rear mech” and my favorite, the “gearbox!” The Dérailleur Project was inspired by my love and fascination for bicycles and their simple yet complicated design.

 
 
 
 

Zeus Criterium This is a 1st generation model that was introduced in 1969.

Ofmega Mistral It was introduced in 1982 and is made of plastic with an aluminium inner cage plate.

Suntour Superbe Pro It was introduced in 1980 and this is a later model with the gold stripe on the body.

Mavic 851 SSC This is the Professional version of the 801 which was introduced in 1979.

Ofmega Premier It was first introduced in 1984 and was one of the classiest and most beautiful derailleurs of it's era.

Huret Jubilee It was first introduced in 1970 to celebrate Huret's 50th anniversary.

Mavic 840 SSC It was introduced in 1992 and was compatible with Shimano index shifters.

Rino Crono This is a 1st generation model and was introduced in 1982.

Shimano Dura-Ace 7400 It was introduced in 1985 and was one of the best derailleurs of it's era.

 

Suntour Cyclone GT This is the long cage version and it was introduced in 1976.

 

Shimano XTR M910 This is a 2nd generation model and it was introduced in 1995.

Shimano Deore XT Rapid Rise M760  It was introduced in 2003 and provided a claimed advantage over high-normal derailleurs but alas it did not.

Shimano Deore XT Rapid Rise M760 It was introduced in 2003 and provided a claimed advantage over high-normal derailleurs but alas it did not.

Paul's Powerglide It's fully CNC machined, made in the US and was introduced in '95.

Campagnolo Record OR It was introduced in 1992 and was Campy's high-end MTB grouppo at the time.

Shimano XTR M950 This is a 3rd generation model and was introduced in 1996

Suntour XC Pro It was introduced in 1990 as a rival to Shimano XT. This is a mid-cage version and it was one of the premier Mountain Bike derailleurs of its era.

Paul's Powerglide Here's a custom short cage version courtesy of some guy with a hacksaw.

SRAM XO 20th Anniversary It was introduced in 2007 to celebrate SRAM's 20th anniversary.

 
 

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