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Sachs - just outta interest(6 posts)

Sachs - just outta interestmuncher
Jun 4, 2001 9:27 AM
Just come back from Portugal (nice roads, great weather, lousy drivers), and noticed that most of the better new roadbikes there (carbon frames, big money etc) have SACHS groupsets - ft and rear derails and levers. Who makes them (I know SACHS do, but are they owned/owners by/of someone else) and why don't I see them anywhere else?

Just curious...
re: Sachs - just outta interestTJeanloz
Jun 4, 2001 9:36 AM
Sachs is owned by SRAM aka Grip Shift. Every few years they try to make inroads in road groupsets, but I think they do it more to be a pain in Shimano's side than anything else.
Aaah rightmuncher
Jun 4, 2001 9:41 AM
Actually, the stuff looked pretty good, though I didn't see any of it loose to be able to price it up in comparison with the big 2. Good to see some competition though - good luck to them I say.....
re: Sachs - just outta interestAndy M-S
Jun 5, 2001 11:01 AM
Sachs never MADE much in the way of road groupsets, but they did ASSEMBLE them. Case in point, Sachs New Success. Campy Record shift levers, but with a Sachs-spec'd shifting disk, so they worked with Sachs 8-speed clusters (which happen, by cool coincidence, to have the same spacing as Shimano (except DA) 8-speed cassettes). The levers even come with Campy badges on the hoods, and "SACHS" screened onto the lever proper. New Success brakes were made by Modolo; I think the crankset and derailers were rebadged Campy, but I'm not certain.

A fine assembly of stuff (and it lets me run Ergo shifters on my Ultegra/600 bike), but most of it relabled.
Can't say for sure about road components.Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2001 10:16 AM
My Porsche mountain bike came new without a single Shimano component. Except for the chain, hubs and headset, it has gradually become a complete Shimano XT bike. Every time I replaced a Sachs part with the equivalent Shimano part I have been amased at how much smoother the bike works.
That's too badmike mcmahon
Jun 6, 2001 10:38 AM
It would be nice to see someone other than C&S in the road market and S in the mountain market just to shake things up a bit.