11th July 2014

Mech of the Week – week three

Mavic 851 SSC

Week 3 – Mavic 851 SSC – 1989

From now till the Tour finale we will be featuring one of the derailleurs on view in our ‘mech museums’ – the displays of rare rear gears on view in both our Leeds and Sheffield shops as part of our Countdown to Paris celebrations.

For week three, we feature the Mavic 851 SS3 derailleur, which is currently on display in our Sheffield shop. This Mavic mech is just like the one Greg Lemond used in 1989 when he overturned a 50-second deficit on Tour leader Laurent Fignon on the 24.5km final stage time trial to win by the shortest margin in Tour history – 8 seconds.

This mech is part of Mike Sweatman’s derailleur collection. When he is not working at the Bike Co-op (which he has done since 1977) Mike hosts a website called Disraeli Gears.

This site is dedicated to a single subject – the rear derailleur – described by Mike as ‘the definitive bicycle component’. Disraeli Gears tells the story of hundreds of mechs through the 20th Century to the present day.

As well as offering carefully researched information on the derailleurs featured, Disraeli Gears comes alive with Mike’s intriguing commentary, which transcends the conventional catalogue format.

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