I wonder if just certain parts of the derailleurs were made by Simplex. The pulleys looked a lot like Simplex pulleys. Don't know. I've lost touch with Art since he left Fuji, and who knows if anyone now with Mavic USA would know about the Simplex connection, or say if they did know.
Peter Jon White
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> Peter Jon White wrote:
> > That's what I was told by Art Wester, who was VP and part owner of Mavic USA
> > in the 70s and 80s. I think he left Mavic around 1994.
> Yes, I talked to Art at all the trade shows over the years. Never
> thought to ask who made the derailleurs.
> 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?
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, Southern California