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Vintage Components - Sachs rear derailleurs

On this page: Sachs Rival 7000 short-cage rear derailleur | Sach Neos medium-cage 8-speed rear derailleur

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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 Rival 7000 short-cage rear derailleur. Used $40.00

Part# RD-75

This 7-speed indexed derailleur was made in France in the early 1990s. We're guessing 1991-1992.

It has been cleaned, lubed and given new SunTour pulleys

Sachs Rival 7000 rear derailleur

There are a few scratches.

Sachs 7000 rival rear derailleur

And from the back.


Sachs Neos medium-cage 8-speed rear derailleur. Used. $129.00

Produced in the late 1990s as an ATB derailleur, it will work well on the road as well.

Sachs Neos rear derailleur

A sturdy, well-made changer

Sachs Neos rear derailleur

From the back.