[CR] Best vintage derailleurs for a 50/34 compact setup--French or Campy


Example: Racing:Jacques Boyer

Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 19:07:50 -0700
From: Charlotte Bronte <j1847e@yahoo.com>
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Subject: [CR] Best vintage derailleurs for a 50/34 compact setup--French or Campy


Taking the plunge into compact gearing for my vintage touring project. No less an authority than the late Sheldon Brown (see his Hetchins) recommends it, but he uses a modern long cage rear derailleur, which I'd like to avoid if possible.

I can go either way, Campy or Simplex/Huret. I'll be running a TA or Stronglight 50/34 on the front, and would like to know from members who use such a setup about best derailleurs. Have followed the posts here about Rallys with interest. That's one way I'm might go, either with a pure Rally or a NR fitted with a Rally cage. I've got many replies about this.

Another option is French, either Simplex or Huret, but here I'm completely out of my depth. What is the maximum cog you can run with these derailleurs, and should I be looking for a long cage version of the SLJ or Jubilee or some other I don't know about. Francophiles help!

Many thanks,

Robert Aguirre Windsor, ON

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