We conclude this feature in the blaze of colour that is the Paul Powerglide Rasta Rear mech, currently on display in our Sheffield shop.
For week four, we feature the Campagnolo C-Record derailleur, which is currently on display in our Sheffield shop. This Campag mech is just like the one Bernard Hinault relied on for his fifth Tour win in 1985.
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.
For week two, we feature the Simplex Champion Du Monde derailleur, which is currently on display in our Leeds shop. Despite its primitive appearance, this is the mech Jean Robic relied on when he won the first post-war Tour of 1947.
From now till the Tour finale we will be featuring one of the derailleurs on view in our ‘mech museums’ – the displays of rare derailleurs we have installed in both our Leeds and Sheffield shops as part of our Countdown to Paris celebrations.