He did ask for a comparison. One might reasonably assume that he's considering various units for his use today, and both the old and the new stuff is available now. A comparison can made. I'm not really sure how it is unfair to do so. Certainly it would have been unfair (and impossible) to copmpare the Rally when it was new to future units that did not yet exist. Further, I do agree that it's not reasonable to expect an older unit to work as well as a newer, more refined one. All I said is that it won't perform or last as well, but will always have the benefit of being what it is. Cool and old. Just the pluses and minuses of going with an outdated unit.
As for comparable units in its day, IMO the far less expensive Shimano and Suntour units were the way to go for wide range gearing.
Tom Dalton Bethlehem, PA
Verizon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Well it is not really fair to compare old to new. I like the Campy Rally it was rebuildable it worked great on my tandem for years. You should compare it with what was available back then and I think it was a good well made unit. Steven Steven Willis 1778 East Second Street Scotch Plains NJ 07076 908-322-3330 http://www.thebikestand.com
> Ken Firestone asked:
> How does one of the old Campagnolo long-cage rear derailleurs, like
> the Rally compare to a less expensive modern long-cage rear derailleur?
> My reply:
> It costs more....
> Also, compared to an OT $75 Shimano unit, it weighs more, doesn't shift as
> well, is less durable and is not index compatible (like that matters!).
> On the other hand, it also looks much nicer on your vintage bike and has
> vastly more mojo.
> Tom Dalton
> Bethlehem, PA