The Jubilee: Classiest, Lightest Derailer
May 25, 2005
The Huret Jubilee of the 60's and 70's is still the lightest and classiest rear bicycle derailleur.
Derailer, derailleur---OK, I'll go French in honor of it being one of the last great French bike parts.
And I'll even call it SEXIEST rear derailer, in honor of the French, too.
I forget the details, but I recall that it doesn't handle more than 5 cogs and was never very precise or zippy, but it worked just fine.
Heck, there might even be some one-off CNC thing lighter out there now, but I don't HEAR any shifter outbragging it so we'll leave it at that.
Sure, the old Campy has that heart-pounding ribbed look. But I have to give the nod in the end to the ol' Jubilee.
It was on my first bike, too. Along with a Stronglight crank. On that old green'n'white Raleigh Super Course Mk II. Oh yeah! (Anyone have a 24" that needs a good home?)
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