RE: [CR]Now: Mavic made by Simplex?

Example: Framebuilding:Norris Lockley

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Subject: RE: [CR]Now: Mavic made by Simplex?
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 15:14:40 -0500
Thread-Topic: [CR]Now: Mavic made by Simplex?
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From: "Bingham, Wayne R." <>
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From: Chuck Schmidt wrote:>>>>The thing that is puzzling to me is that when Galli (Italy) needed derailleurs for their component group in the 1980s they had Simplex rebadge the Simplex derailleur as "GALLI". I'd expect that Mavic would have Simplex do the same for Mavic, instead of Mavic designing their own CNC-style derailleur and having Simplex retool to make that. Also, I have never seen any part Simplex made that looked at all to be CNC-style industrial design like Mavic was known for.

Mavic sold rebadged Look pedals, rebadged Modolo brakes, rebadged Simplex shifters (stamped "SIMPLEX" logo omitted), so why not rebadged Simplex derailleurs?

What do you think?<<<<

I would tend to agree with Chuck, although I have no real evidence other than the same reasoning and hearing in the shops back then that the derailleurs were "real" Mavic parts. Shifters and other components were so obviously sourced from others, that the derailleurs seemed just as obviously not so. Also seemed like more evidence of Mavic's continuing push to establish itself as an equal in the high-end component market, which appeared to be company policy at the time. The 500 series hubs weren't rebadged hubs from others, were they?

Wayne Bingham
Falls Church VA