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Vintage Components - Sachs shift levers

Sachs shift levers on this page: New Success 2/3 x 8-speed Ergopower shifter set

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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.

In 1989, the News Success line was 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 Mannesmann'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 New Success double/triple x 8-speed Ergopower lever set. Used, $200.00/set

Part# 70360

  • We have completely overhauled this lever set
  • This set is compatible with Sachs New Success and Shimano 7 & 8-speed index rear derailleurs
  • The hood of one of the levers (see second picture) is torn. Though the hoods on this set are perfectly usable, we have fully compatible Campagnolo replacement hoods available. A new pair is $45.00 and used sets are $20.00 - $25.00/pair.

Sachs New Success /Shift levers

Front view.

Sachs New Success shift lever

Side view, showing the tear on one of the lever hoods.

The business side of the levers.