Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday Price Porn: " SIMPLEX" rare ! exceptional derailleur 543..NIB !!

Sold: $826 including shipping.

My snipe: n/a

rare and exceptional in this condition! MINT !!! rear derailleur SIMPLEX 543 , new, new, new ! with cable and box. Only one, no second chance !!

Hilary Stone's excellent overview of this family of derailleurs is here.

The user set an internal limit device according to the number of freewheel cogs on the bike, hence the "5-4-3" designation. The indicator tab shows that this example is set to handle five cogs.

The Simplex pushrod design vanished in the wake of the parallelogram derailleur we all know today, popularized by Campagnolo's Gran Sport.

Classic Rendezvous shows a 543 selling for $1,325 in October of 2001, and examples of type 59 and 60 variants for over $4,000 in 2003.

1 comment:

Grey said...

I can completely understand the beauty of restoring an old quality bike with correct components. Yet, the prices are fantastic!! If someone is spending this amount of cash on a derailleur, what must they have spent on restoring the bike itself?