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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:25 pm 
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Location: Villard de Lans, France (home of the 1st MTB WCS...)
I've worked some years at Vario factory. Nice and funny experience...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:28 pm 
Old School Hero
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another french bike (Decathlon Rockrider 8.1, but not vintage : 2007), bought in 2015

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and now :

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that's my modern bike, but I hardly ever ride with it since I have vintage bikes :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:19 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Décathlon made some good bikes too!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:25 am 
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max39 wrote:
You can add Taillefer (Scrambler Yearling), Vario (No limits), Nakamura (Heavy Tool Special XTR) by Intersport and Manufrance...

Some collection there man! Rare, funky and French!
Are there build threads?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:43 am 
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Hey Nico I love them Shimano wheels on your modern bike in last pic.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:57 pm 
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Location: Penmarc'h, BZH.
max39 wrote:
You can add Taillefer (Scrambler Yearling), Vario (No limits), Nakamura (Heavy Tool Special XTR) by Intersport and Manufrance...


Awesome, did Nakumura make bikes independent from intersport?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:13 pm 
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Nakamura is an exclusive brand of the Intersport group, like Rockrider for Decathlon


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:44 am 
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Just a quick comparison of 2 front derailleurs made by sachs "stamped made in france". I believe the year is 1997, and this is the lower end centera that was sold as Sachs and Sram, most likely due to the takeover. Although at first, one would think the only difference is the stamped name that seperates the 2. Closer inspection reveals a lower quality sram. Noticeably the sram has oxidized faster. The rivets appear to be of lower quality, as do the bolts/screws that have also rusted much faster. Of course, this could all be down to storage/exposure, however I have noticed sachs, even on their lower ended stuff put good quality rivets and screws. The cages are also shaped differently as seen on last photo. Anyway, both suffer the sad aspect of plastic bodies, sad in that these are last derailleurs made in france.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:43 pm 
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kickdown stone edge

Maybe not old enough for some, but really liked these


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:40 pm 
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Rank_21 wrote:
Just a quick comparison of 2 front derailleurs made by sachs "stamped made in france". I believe the year is 1997, and this is the lower end centera that was sold as Sachs and Sram, most likely due to the takeover. Although at first, one would think the only difference is the stamped name that seperates the 2. Closer inspection reveals a lower quality sram. Noticeably the sram has oxidized faster. The rivets appear to be of lower quality, as do the bolts/screws that have also rusted much faster. Of course, this could all be down to storage/exposure, however I have noticed sachs, even on their lower ended stuff put good quality rivets and screws. The cages are also shaped differently as seen on last photo. Anyway, both suffer the sad aspect of plastic bodies, sad in that these are last derailleurs made in france.


I had the Quartz (metal) and Plasma ("plastic") back in the late nineties. The Quartz groupset was one of the most beautiful ever made. Could compete with first gen XTR.


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