Icons of cycling: Campagnolo Super Record derailleur

Bike tech has never looked as classy as the Super Record when it first launched more than 40 years ago

It has been compared to a Breitling watch, and indeed if James Bond had used a bicycle to pursue his evil adversaries, there’s no doubt Q would have equipped it with a Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur. And we hope Q would have impressed upon the insouciant secret agent that it was under no circumstances to be returned scuffed, let alone crushed or bullet-riddled.

Although the Campagnolo Super Record did not double up as a Geiger counter, it certainly did radiate class. It was said to be made from materials more exotic than had ever before been seen in cycling.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.