Greg Parker wrote:
> To which e-Chuckissimo replied:
> I'm going with the year end trade show introduction date of 1977 until
> someone has info stating otherwise; what are you basing 1978 on?
> Whether anyone on the CR list has a "Pat 77" 2nd generation SR
> derailleur or not matters not in the least; at least to me that is.
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, Southern California
> Uh, then why did you ask about '77 rears?
> We've discussed umpteen times that Campy catalogs, which were cut-and-pasted from old art for decades, were often full of stronzini.....
> Basing your reality on old catalogs is generally not the best way to operate IMO. They are fun to look at, and can be great sources of information, but are certainly nowhere near definitive, particularly in the Campagnolo case. Reality trumps 'em every time. :-)
> Greg "parts is parts" Parker
> Ann Arbor, Michigan
e-Gregissimo, actually this has nothing to do with catalogs. It has to do with trade shows and when a new component is shown at a trade show; the components "introduction date".
On the Campagnolo Timeline I use the date that a component is shown at a trade show. Campagnolo use to test their components with Pro riders one or two years before introducing them at a trade shows. When the component was introduced at the trade show wasn't usually when the component was made available to the public. A good example is the current Pro-Fit pedal that was shown for two years(?) at the trade shows before being offered for sale to the public.
It is usually far easier to establish when a component was introduced at a trade show than to establish when it went on sale to the public.
I believe that the 2nd generation SR derailleur was introduced at the trade shows late in the year in 1977. Can anyone confirm or deny?
Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California http://www.velo-retro.com (Campagnolo Timeline)