Everyone keeps saying "Mavic Zap", but they weren't introduced until 1993, well after the "70s or early 80s" the bike shop owner remembers. Sounds like the shop owner is confusing the Zap name and the Browning system, unless there was another Zapp around in 1980?
Blue Ball, Ohio
Just when you think you have heard it all, something new comes along. My
buddy Bill, a 40 year bike shop owner and mechanic Par excellence, tells me
that in the 'late '70s or early '80s there was a Zapp (sp?) electronic or
electric derailleur that cost something like $1300 way back then. He said
it was so expensive that bike leagues banned it from competition.
I was flabbergasted...never heard of such a thing. It would seem to be
within the CR timeline, yet searching the archives produced no hits at all.
I almost suspect my leg is being pulled a bit.
Any of you sages familiar with this?