I'll weigh in with another vote in favor of the crane's performance... I am currently running one on my '74 gran critter, in conjunction with a suntour ultra-6 freewheel. It shifts like cutting through soft butter-- far smoother than the original pat.73 nouvo record could ever hope to.
Another nice thing about them is that at least up 'till now they have been relatively inexpensive. I have picked up several nos short-cage cranes in the last few years in the range of ~$50.00 or so. Try doing that with nos campy nr/sr of the same period!
Steve Goodwin Westford, MA
Scot Osterweil <email@example.com> wrote:
One anecdote is not reliable data, but I switched from a Cyclone to a
Crane because the Crane performed better. I've kept it for 28 years
and it still performs well.
On Oct 14, 2005, at 3:24 PM, LDD wrote:
> I have checked the archives and have found little to no info so i'll
> ask. How do Shimano Crane rear derailleurs rank relative to the
> Suntour cyclone/superbe models, the Simplex Super lj and the Campy
> sr/nr models? I get from the archives that the purists swear by the
> campy stuff for what would have been traditional campy bikes. I also
> get that pure performance oriented folks seems to agree that the
> Simplex stuff and the Suntour stuff actuallly performed better. I am
> not trying to reignite that debate. The cranes that I have seen
> appear to look quite similar to the universally acclaimed Simplex
> SLJ-6600 ---do they perform similarly? I can not tell whether the top
> pivot is 'sprung' or not? Thanks all...
> Dan Dannenbaum
> Crane Curious in
> Arlington VA
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