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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2352
Location: Canberra, Australia

6/8/18 5:16 PM

Disraeli Gears

Interesting web site: http://www.disraeligears.co.uk/Site/Home.html

I came across it after reading this article on The Guardian website: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2018/jun/07/10-weird-and-wonderful-derailleurs-and-how-they-changed-cycling

I particularly like the description in the article for the Dura-Ace 7700GS derailleur: "With the introduction of this model, Shimano finally gave in to the inevitability of having to sell its top-of-the-line groupset to fat middle-aged men who want low, low gears. Its appearance indicated that the portly wallets of portly gentlemen counted for more than the alluring image of speed, youth and fitness that Shimano had carefully cultured for Dura-Ace over two and a half decades."

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 5960
Location: Maine

6/9/18 10:23 AM

Great article

Great article. My favorite is the EGS Up Cage, described:

>> The EGS Up Cage was a masterpiece of incredible but doomed euro-technology in the fine tradition of the Citröen DS and the Concorde airliner. First find a blind alley, then charge up it at maximum speed, all the while deploying astounding creativity, inimitable panache and a reluctance to compromise on anything, least of all quality.<<

I've read the DS described as what you get when you take the best engineers and artists, have them create the best product, with no concern for how much it costs or whether anyone ever buys it.

I'd like both a DS and an EGS.

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