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Vintage Components - Sachs front derailleurs

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Fichtel & Sachs was a venerable firm, making bicycle parts in Germany since 1895. Starting in 1980, the firm went on a buying spree. First, it purchased the French derailleur maker Huret in 1980. The derailleurs were then branded "Sachs-Huret". The company went on to buy freewheel and hub maker Maillard as well as chain producer Sedis.

Staring in 1985, Sachs-Huret produced its first "New Success" components. They weren't as advanced at the Shimano equivalent, but they were very good, nonetheless.

In 1987 Mannesmann, a giant industrial conglomerate (year 2000 revenues were more than 23 billion Euros), acquired Sachs.

That same year Sachs dropped "Huret" from its name and came out with the "New Success Aris" line. Now Sachs had arrived. The quality and performance of Sach New Success components matched the best from Asia and Europe.

But Sachs wasn't done. The less-expensive Rival group was developed using ARIS technology. Rival components turned out to be immensely popular. They worked well and were competitively priced.

In 1989, the groups were upgraded, and in 1993, in collaboration with Campagnolo, this second generation component New Success line was given ergo brake-lever shifting.

Though Sachs kept improving and redesigning its parts, in 1996 Mannesmann decided the small company (by Mannesman's standards) was not worth the trouble and sold Sachs to SRAM. By 1999 SRAM had stopped using the Sachs name. The venerable brand disappeared.


Sachs Quarz braze-on triple front derailleur. New, $150.00

Part# 75341

We have two in stock

Ten years after Sachs's introduction of the second-generation New Success component line, the firm shifted its emphasis from road to mountain/touring. The result in 1996 was the Quarz line, truly superb components made for mountain and touring bikes.

Savhs Quarz front derailleur

A well-designed and made derailleur.

Quarz front derailleur

New, and in the box

Sach Quarz front derailleur

And from the back


Sachs-Huret clamp-on front derailleur. Used

It's difficult to exactly nail down some products during the transition from Huret to Sachs-Huret. This appears to be a very early Sachs-Huret changer. With it's hinged seat tube clamp, it appears to be an upgraded and slightly-re-designed late Huret 700 front changer. We would date it to about 1980-82.

28.6mm clamp diameter

We have two: Sachs-Huret clamp-on #1 | #2

Sachs-Huret clamp-on front derailleur #1. Used, $20.00

Sach Huret front derailleur

An early product of the Sachs purchase of Huret.

Sachs-huret

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Sachs-Huret clamp-on front derailleur #2. Used, $20.00

Sachs-huret front derailleur

Perfect for building a one-of-kind early 80s bike

Sach-Huret front derailleur

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