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Vintage Components - Sachs rear 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 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 Quarz medium cage 8-speed rear derailleur. New, in box. $300.00

Part# 75356

  • We have two in stock
  • Good road, touring or off-road rear derailleur. Great for triples
  • Will throw a 32-tooth rear cog.
  • Introduced in 1996, replacing the "New Success" changers

Sachs quartz rear derailleur

Nicely finished with a well-deserved reputation for reliability

Sachs Quartz

New, in the box.

Sachs Quarz rear derailleru

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.

Sachs New Success 8-speed long cage rear derailleur. Used, $80.00

Part# 75351-U

  • This is the final version of the Sachs New Success rear derailleur, produced 1993 - 1995.
  • It is considered a second-generation New Success derailleur.
  • This was part of Sachs' ATB group, paired with twist-grip shifters, but it is also a superb wide-range road derailleur.
  • Maximum cog: 32 teeth
  • The original pulleys have been replaced with Shimano pulleys.

Sachs New Success rear derailleur

A few scratches, but it will move the chain where you want it when you want it.

Sachs New Success rear derailleur

From the back

Sachs New Success rear derailleur

Another view

Sachs New Success 8-speed short cage rear derailleur. Used, $80.00

Part# 75350-U

  • This is the final version of the Sachs New Success rear derailleur, produced 1993 - 1995.
  • It is considered a second-generation New Success derailleur.

New Success rear derailleur

Though the printing is worn, it will function like the Sachs New Success derailleur it is.

Sachs New Success rear derailleurs

From the back

New Success rear derailleur

And from the top.

Sachs-Huret New Success 7-speed short cage rear derailleur. New, $300.00

Part# 75350-Gen-1

  • This is considered the first-generation New Success derailleur.
  • Officially produced 1987 - 1988, but there are derailleurs of this model out there stamped 1990.
  • It will handle up to a 28-tooth rear cog.
  • This was the first truly modern derailleur from Huret (Sachs). It could and did compete with Shimano and other high-end producers. This derailleur works very well.

New Success

Hee's a good close-up of this superb derailleur.

Sachs New Success rear derailleur

And a view of the back of the derailleur.

Sachs-Huret Eco rear derailleur. Used, $25.00

  • Overhauled
  • We believe this derailleur was made in 1984, while Sachs was still branding its derailleurs Sachs-Huret.
  • This derailleur was first made with few changes by Huret in the mid-1970s and Sachs continue to produce it into the early 1990s.
  • There are two threaded holes on the parallelogram where the pulley cage is mounted, allowing the cage to be mounted closer to the freewheel. The close hole will allow the derailleur to work with a 24-tooth freewheel. The far mount (which is how the derailleur is set up) allows the derailleur to handle a 28-tooth freewheel.

Sachs-Huret rear derailleur

A reliable standby for about 15 years.

Sachs-Huret Eco rear derailleur

Side view

Sachs-Huret Eco rear derailleur

This back view shows that the derailleur is overhauled and ready for your vintage bike.