Friday, February 22, 2008

Somewhat hard to find Mavic piece

I love buying from the French sellers on eBay. They've got all sorts of NOS Mavic bits, and while shipping isn't cheap, they're usually happy to combine shipping, and stuff gets to me FAST -- from the Paris area to NYC seems to take less time than from California. Being an impatient type, its always great to receive a package before I expect it.

This is an 821 shifter. Its the later packaging for Mavic components. Earlier parts were shrink-wrapped to a yellow, Mavic-logo'd card if they were on the small side. I'm sure stocking meant both were available in parallel -- but this packaging for the 821 was later.

The front 821 shifter is a retrofriction unit, not unlike the older 820 shifter. I don't think the 821 was made by Simplex, but its a possibility.

The 821 isn't hard to find, but the mount for non-steel frames isn't a piece I've seen before.

One of my dirty bike secrets is that I do, in fact, own a composite frame. Its an old Specialized Epic, that I refuse to love or care about too much, as its meant to be my commuting bike. It's sporting a Sachs 8-speed brifter indexing to a Sachs 7-speed freewheel, which works great, along with a normal Shimano downtube shifter for the front rings. It's unlikely I'll ever use the Mavic shifter on it, but its nice to have the option to. Now to track down a right-side mount...can't ever have too many options.


wingnut said...

Just so you know, there's a left/front 821 shifter on ebay at present

Andrew Wilkinson said...

Hi, nice post. I am a fellow Mavic fan. I am building up a Look KG 196 with Mavic bits (1992/93 Once TdF spec). I have a pair of Mavic 820/821 shifters but I got stuck mounting them - they have a concave mounting surface (for round tube steel bikes) and they don't fit on the flat-ish carbon frame. I found your post about the non-steel spacers. I have never seen these either. Do you have any spare I could buy from you or would you be happy posting some photos and measurements of them from various angles and maybe I can make something up. I can't bring myself to take a grinder to the mounts to flatten out the mounting surface (I've seen it done). So I will have to put something else on them if I can't solve the issue. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Regards, Andrew

David Staudacher said...

Jeremy: I'm building up a Vitus 992 to match the "all Mavic" one pictured here:
Your "tears for gears" blog has been a frequent and delightful reference. Very nice!

Andrew Wilkinson: Would you by chance be the same Ebay seller who sold me the Mavic brakeset pictured here? (It was shipped from Old Town Florida).
Now I only wish I'd bought your Mavic 631 crankset too as it is proving hard to find one as nice for the same price!

Jeremy: Please *remove* the post from "Văn Sát" above as it is spam and a blemish on your beautiful site!

Jeremy said...

Hah thanks for the heads up on the spam, David. I went and did some scrubbing across the site - Google used to be good about cleaning them out on their own, but they've been neglecting Blogger the last handful of years and I guess anti-spam is one of those areas that doesn't garner as much work.

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