Re: [CR]What was the first year..?

(Example: Racing:Jacques Boyer)

Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2005 19:19:28 -0600
From: "John Thompson" <JohnThompson@new.rr.com>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]What was the first year..?
References: <FC761C06-8D11-11D9-85F4-00039356BD92@ivycycles.com>
In-Reply-To:


Brandon Ives wrote:
> On Friday, Mar 4, 2005, at 16:21 US/Pacific, Donald Gillies wrote:
>> I believe some innovations to the gransport derailleurs
>
>
> I must agree here though as they were the first with a widely used
> reliable drop-parallelogram derailieur. Too bad they never thought of
> slanting it as SunTour did 20-odd years later.

Or a spring in the upper pivot like Simplex, which Shimano copied for their derailleurs since very early. When the new Dura-Ace stuff came out in 1985 with springs in both pivots still, and the slant-parallelogram from SunTour, *and* working SIS shifting, the writing was definitely on the wall for Campy: innovate or die. And I think after a few false starts they've managed to find enough of a niche to survive anyway.

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John (john@os2.dhs.org)
Appleton WI USA