Friday, December 30, 2005

Mavic 862 Derailleur

Just picked up a Mavic 862 front derailleur. The 862 is the braze on, and the 860 the clamp-on. These were made in the late 80's, until some time in the early-to-mid nineties.

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The Mavic stuff is really very very cool. The derailleur is held together entirely with allen head screws with bolts, and hinge pins with small split retaining rings. You can take it down to every one of its constituent parts, without having to drill or grind anything out. Which would have been very nice, if one could actually get replacement parts for any of it. At least you can take 2 (differently) broken ones and assemble a working one thats every bit as good as it originally was.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I always loved the rebuidability aspect of this Mavic stuff. To me it was the logical extension of what made Campy loyalists so loyal: the company supported their products, and thereby their customers. Too bad that with Mavic it was more a promise not delivered, but I still like their thinking. I have most of a gruppo waiting for an appropriate bike to build it up with, then I'll see how they perform, too. COOL BLOG!!!

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