I’m itching fer CX content, so this seemed like a perfect staarter post. Or, at least I thought it was perfect. I saw a post on Retroshift’s (@Retroshift) Instagram feed this AM of a fancy new rear shifting device known as a derailleur. Thinking to myself, I’m keen on posting about this release because nieuw CX season stuff. Also, those prices! Alas, journalistic endeavoring sites, Cyclocross Magazine (@cyclocross) and Urban Velo (@urbanvelo) beat me to the punch. However, rather than scrape their posts like [REDACTED], I’ll mention and link them (done, above) as pioneers in the field of reporting on BURD, post a few images available from Retroshift, and perhaps if there’s time, add some thoughts of my own. I love the idea here—creating something inexpensive, yet functionally sound and technically rebuildable. For the racing crowd this makes nothing but sense. Telling anyone who doesn’t make 6 figures their only options are the top two groeps of the usual suspects is a crime. Re: the technicals, it’s all pulleys these days. Cyclocross Mag provides the comprehensive lowdown on why pulleys are important. Retroshift has also provided some comprehensive lowdown in the form of a “FPC (Failure to Pass Chain) Deaths” Flickr gallery. Obviously, it remains to be seen how the derailleur functions, but I like this offering and its purpose. They’re available with regular pulleys ($69USD) and FSA ceramic balleur pulleys ($89USD). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Tom Olesnevich FPC is the greatest gallery. Ever.