Shimano RD-6208, 600EX (SIS)
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Category:  Rear Derailleurs
Name:  Shimano RD-6208, 600EX (SIS)
Brand:  Shimano
Primary Group:  600EX
Model:  RD-6208
Years:  1986 - 1987
Country:  Japan
Weight:  204 grams
Added By: JFischer on 10/15/07
Updated By: Flow1976 on 01/25/19
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Outer Plate MarkingsShimano 600 SISInner Plate MarkingsRD-6208 VIA Shimano Japan
MaterialAluminum AlloyDesign CategorySlant parallelogram
Attachment Bolt Size6mm Allen KeyCable Attachment Bolt Size6 mm Allen Key
Shifting SystemsShimano SIS
Shimano STI
Cable AdjusterYes
Cage LengthShortMax Cog Size26
Max Chain Wrap28  
General Information
First Generation SIS Rear Derailleur in the 600 series.  Followed the 6200, this is the SIS indexed counter part to the 6207 which are friction only derailleurs.  Designed for 6speed SIS, but should work for 7 and 8sp as well.
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Component Groups
Primary Group NameBrandQuick InfoBrowse Group Components
600EX, 6200 seriesShimano1978 - 1987, Road RaceView 49 Components
Details:   The Shimano 600EX groupset was made in a multitude of variations and generations.  Often, more than one variation was being produced at the same time.  Included in the Shimano 600EX groupsets is the easily recognizable Arabesque group with detailed engravings and designs.  The 600EX group went from friction shifting at its introduction, to 6 speed SIS shifting later in the 1980's. 
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Shimano Model Number Prefix List:

BB Bottom Bracket BL Brake Lever BR BRake
CB Coaster Brake CJ Cassette Joint CN ChaiN
CP Chain Protecto CR Chain Ring CS Cassette Sprockets
DF chain DeFlector DH Dynamo Hub FC Front Crank
FD Front Derailleur FE Fork Ends FH FreeHub
FS Front Suspension HB HuB HD HanDle bar
HP Head Parts (Head Set) HS Handle Stem IF Inter-3 Freehub
LP LamP MF Multi Freewheel PD PeDal
RD Rear Derailleur RH Rollerbrake Hub RM RiM
RR ReflectoRs RS Rear Suspension SB Shift Brake lever (Nexus, ?)
SC Speed Calculator (cycle computer) SF Single Freewheel Freilaufritzel SG Speed chanGe hub
SH SHoes SL Shift Lever Schalthebel SM SMall parts
SP Seat Post SQ Seat Quick release SS Single Sprocket
TL TooL WH WHeel ST Shift Brake Lever (STI, Rapid Fire, etc)
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