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Vintage Components - Shimano Rear Derailleurs

On another page, we also have: Shimano front derailleurs

On this page: Dura-Ace 7401 6/7-speed SIS rear | Dura-Ace 7402 8/9-speed SIS rear | Deore XT mid-cage | Deore XT long-cage | Deore long-cage | 600 SIS short cage rear | 600 EX (short cage) | 600 EX (long cage) | 500 long-cage | 400 CX medium/long cage 7-speed | 105 5800 11-speed short-cage | Crane GS (long cage)

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Shimano Dura-Ace 7401 6/7-speed SIS compatible rear derailleur. used $120.00

The Dura-Ace rear 7401 was made in 1987-88. It's index (SIS or STI) or friction compatible. Weight is about 210 grams.

Drua-Ace 7401 rear derailleur

This derailleur will deliver crisp, accurate shifts in both friction and indexed modes.

Shimano Dura-Ace 7401 rear derailleur

The back shows it has had very little use.


Shimano Dura-Ace 7402 8/9 speed SIS compatible rear derailleur. used $75.00

This derailleur was part of the first generation SIS indexed system. Versions of the 7400 rear derailleur line were made from 1984 to 1995. This derailleur was part of the 8-speed index system, but it is also compatible with nine-speed shifters. The derailleur we have was probably made around 1989.

Shimano Dura Ace rear derailleur

The 7400 series could handle a 26-tooth rear freewheel cog

Shimano Dura-Ace rear derailleur

Top view. It has some minor scuffing, but is in otherwise great condition


Shimano Deore XT mid-cage rear derailleur. Used, $90.00

  • Shimano part# RD-M735
  • Produced 1992 - 1993

Shimano Deore mid-cage

Shimano SIS, STI & friction compatible

Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur

The back side. Note that it has sealed bearing pulleys.

Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur

Another view


Shimano Deore XT long-cage rear derailleur. Used

  • Produced 1992 - 1993

We have two: #1 | #2

Shimano Deore XT long-cage rear derailleur #1. Used, $50.00

Deore XT long cage rear derailleur

A little scuffed, but works perfectly

Deore XT long cage rear derailleur

The back side

Deore XT rear derailleur

From behind

Shimano Deore XT long-cage rear derailleur #2. Used, $65.00

Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur

This will throw almost everything made, and do it well.

Deore XT rear derailleur

The back side

Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur

And from behind


Shimano Deore long cage rear derailleur. Used, $40.00

  • Shimano part# RD-MT60
  • Produced 1987 - 1988
  • 311 grams
  • 6 or 7-speed index as well as friction.
  • Maximum cog size: 32

Deore long-cage

One of the first indexed Shimano derailleurs.

Deore Long cage

From the back

Deore long cage

Another view


Shimano 600 RD-6208 (SIS) rear derailleur. Used, $125.00

  • This is the first generation indexing Shimano 600 derailleur. It was produced 1986 - 1987.
  • Though designed for 6-speed, it will work on 7 & 8-speed SIS systems as well.
  • It is designed to work on freewheels as large as 26 teeth,

Shimano 600 rear derailleur

This derailleur weighs in at about 205 grams.

Shimano 600 SIS rear derailleur

Another view

Shimano 600 SIs rear derailleur

The back of the derailleur

Shimano 600 SIS rear derailleur

It's in great condition as this photo shows.


Shimano 600 EX (short cage) rear derailleur. Used, $30.00

  • Full component name: Shimano RD-6207
  • Produced 1984 - 1986
  • This is a friction derailleur, we think the last 600 model before indexing was introduced.
  • This model was produced with several variations, with silver and black parallelograms.

Shimano 600 rear derailleur

Though a bit scuffed, the pulleys don't show a lot of wear.

Shimano 600 rear derailleur

Another view


Shimano 600 EX (long cage) rear derailleur. Used, $50.00

  • Full component name: Shimano RD-6207 GS
  • Produced 1984 - 1986
  • This is a friction derailleur

Shimano rear derailleur

This will shift to gears that will get you over the mountain.

Shimano rear derailleur

The back side. The pulleys look about new.

Shimano rear derailleur

And from behind


Shimano 500 long-cage rear derailleur. Used, $40.00

  • Shmano part# DC-110, 500GS
  • Produced in the mid 1970s
  • Friction only
  • Shimano's catalog says this derailleur will handle up to a 34-tooth rear cog.

Velobase.com says: 500 was Shimano's first "famous" touring group in the 70's. It was the forefather of the 600 full group, which was introduced in 1976. But they still produced 500 as a cheaper alternative of 600.

Shimano 500 rear derailleur

It comes with the hanger.

Shimano 500 rear derailleur

And the back of the derailleur


Shimano 400 CX medium/long cage 7-speed rear derailleur. Used, $36.00

Part# shimano-rear-400cx-u77

  • This derailleur is an index 7-speed changer.
  • It has a "Centeron G" top pulley

Shimano 400 CX rear derailleur

From the front

Shiano 400 CX rear derailleur

And from the back. The long cage will allow it to handle a big freewheel


Shimano 105 5800 11-speed short-cage rear derailleur. New, $75.00

This is a new, unused derailleur taken off a new bike in our shop. It does have a few scratches.

Here's what Shimano had to say about this derailleur: Setting a new bar in the trickle-down technology trend, Shimano 105 5800 brings uncompromising 11-speed road performance to the more budget conscious rider. With a foundation set firmly on the success of Dura-Ace and Ultegra, Shimano's 105 5800 group is a workhorse component package that can hang with the best the industry has to offer. Powerful improvements across the range deliver optimized drivetrain and braking performance that will instantly take your riding to a whole new level. There are lots of flashy, distracting contenders out there, but if you're main focus is getting down to business, the new Shimano 105 group is ready to log some overtime.

Shimano didn't just limit their redesign of the RD-5800 to increase the gear range, but while they were at it, they added a new spring balance and cable pitch, increasing potential for adjustability. With the RD-5800 rear derailleur, shifting is crisp and predictable and adjustment is as simple as it gets. The SS (short-cage) version allows for use with cassettes up to 28t. The Shimano 105 RD-5800 rear derailleur offers reliability and workhorse performance at a price point that won't even get close to breaking the bank.

  • 11-speed
  • Improved shift accuracy
  • New spring balance and cable pitch
  • Lighter action
  • Will handle 28-tooth large cog

Shimano 105 rear derailleur

There are a few shop-wear scratches, but it is a new changer, taken off a new bike.

Shimano 105 rear derailleur

View from the bottom

Shimano 105 rear derailleur

And here's another look at it.


Shimano Crane GS touring derailleur. Used, $150.00

  • We believe this is the first version (round holes in pulley cage arm) of this legendary derailleur, produced in 1971.
  • Shimano part# DR-102
  • Maximum cog: 34 theeth (Sutherland's 4th)
  • Weight: 238 grams
  • Both pivots are sprung

Disraeligears.co.uk says of this derailleur: With the Crane, Shimano pulled out all the stops in an attempt to make a truly world-class derailleur. It was an all aluminium design with a dropped parallelogram - a world first. The finish was excellent with that anodised ‘glow’ that Campagnolo had perfected. The chromed parts were bright and polished. The pulleys had a two part bushing system so that bronze rotated on bronze. Even the springs seemed to have less of a tendency to lose their tension.

Crane GC rear derailleur

Shimano's first big leap into top-end components.

Crane GC

Rear view

Crane GC rear deraillleur

Another view.