norco team issue steel hardtail, info needed!!!!!!
i just pick up one of these through the classifieds on this site. its made of ritchey prestige tubing. who can tell me more about this bike, info is very scarce and the bike seems to be pretty rare, one of the reasons i purchased it.
what da dilly-yo?
i mean this IS the canadian bike forum, someone out there has to know SOMETHING about this bike!!!!!!!!! . i know LT/FS is all the rage these days, but try to think back to a simplier time, when steel and coil -n- oil were all you needed to tame the trails .
Norco had a Ti Team Issue 2000 and 2001, then 2002 then went with an aluminium frame, so your CrMo frame is likely a 1999 or earlier. You can send Norco an email and ask them.
damn, damn, DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!
no love for old skool canadian steel eh?
I remember the bikes - hell of a deal for a nice frame at the time.
Mind you, NORCO, at that time, was still in the recovery stages from their days as, shall we say, less-than-cool, due to their large number of canadian tire level bikes. Since those days they have much improved, and those old team bikes were a shining example.
I think they would have been decidedly more popular at the time had NORCO branded them differently....
just my two cents.
well, i got the bike...
and itvrides great!, ill post a full review once ive rode it for a while.
Tear it all out!
What info are you looking for? I have a some geometry as I was looking at one at a LBS, but by the time I got it, the size I need had sold.
the geometry info would...
help. the bike fits me very well but it would still be good to know.
Originally Posted by CraigH
Tear it all out!
Depends on the year.
For the 2000 model, this is the info I got from Norco for the 20" size.
For the 22" size, these are the differences:
This info is for the 2000 frames from the LBS that had them for sale:
Model Norco Team 853
Material Reynolds 853, Cr-Mo
Size 20" & 22"
Seat Post 27.0mm
Headset 1" 1/8
Bottom Bracket 68/113
This is the thread I started when I was trying to find out info on the frame:
Have fun with the new bike!
Is it the ti-colored bike, with Ritchey WCS tubing and Ritchey rear dropouts? Congratulations, it is quite an old bike, probably '95 or '96. I think '97 was the year they moved to 853 for the team issue. The Ritchey ones were way nicer, in my opinion. The rear triangle has very elegant s-bend seatstays, whereas the Reynolds bikes had awful z-bend seatstays - it looked terrible.
You lucky dog, for steel mtbs, that has to be pretty close to the perfect bike. Take good care of it.
The team ti bike from norco is also super nice.
Thats My Bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FINALLY! someone knows my bike. its hard to believe its that old, the guy i bought it from kept it in great shape. there's only a couple of scratches on it. the paint is extremely durable. this bike is, like you said, just about perfect. i took it up to Mass to ride the super rocky new england trails. i spent 3hrs carving up tight,technical,rocky and rooty singletrack, and the bike rode like a dream, its hard to imagine a better handling bike. technical climbs, downhills, you name it, this bike handles it . im soooo happy with the ride quality and handling of this bike.thank you so much for helping me identify this sweet riding, old skool classic.
Originally Posted by alinsley
Last edited by edouble; 10-07-2005 at 03:52 PM.
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I also have one of these seemingly rare Team Issues from Norco. I think that mine is a 95. Originally it was as sort of silver colour with black decals. I only bought it as a frame, but I know it came with blue BICI hubs, blue diacomp aheadset, a Marzocchi xc 500. Im not sure the rest of the spec but if you have the complete bike maybe you could enlighten me as to the rest. I would like to get this back similar to original spec.
though i bought mines used...
it was not original spec. mines came with a tomac flat bar, manitou mars elite fork, lx shifters, levers deore brakes and hollow-tech crank, ryhno-lite wheels and fire xc tires. ive changed to titec hellion ti risers avid arch supreme brakes w/ speed dial levers, sram 9.0sl drivetrain, syncros stem and post, xtr crank, manitou black fork, and mavic x618's w/ specialized stout hubs and klein death grip 2.35's using stans . mines is a silverish / ti looking color but with white decals that are somehow still on, as is the norco chainstay protector. also there are very few scratches in the paint. i dont know who or how they painted this bike but its super durable.
Originally Posted by ficnerbike
mines also has a cambria bicycle outfitters sticker on it, so it was probably purchased as a close out frame.
tell me, is yours also made from Ritchey's tange prestige tubing, with the sweet, compliant s-bend stays?. as old as my bike is, it rides better than my custom curtlo. it hurts me to admit that, but its true. the ride quality is amazing, the guy i bought it from would not budge on the price ($700) because the ride quality had him so convinced of its value. after getting the bike and riding it i feel like i got a steal. it handles rocky, rooty technical trails amazingly well and just flies on the smooth stuff. in fact this is my "technical rides" bike. also, im 6ft 2in and 250 lbs and have no flex issue's at all with this bike. simply a hidden gem in the world of mountain bikes, enjoy yours, i know i am !!!!!.
I just got my hands on these original specs...the 95 and 96 frames were identical other than colour.
Frame was: Ritchey W.C.S superlight 34.9 downtube, Ritchey W.C.S superlight 31.8 top tube, Tange Prestige convept outerbutted/ovalized seat tube28.6. Double butted triple tapered s-bend stays, single butted chainstays, and lost wax ritchey dropouts. Claimed weight 1850 grams. If you need more detailed specs send me a PM.
Last edited by ficnerbike; 01-12-2006 at 07:34 PM.
There's actually a pretty much stock one in the bike cage I use at work. Some lucky soul is commuting on it. It is MINT - they must be a new commuter.
XC 500 fork
A lot of Dia-Compe parts - levers, brakes, headset
The stem has been changed, but as it is a norco it certainly had Axiom (Norco House Brand) parts on it. I have an Axiom Ti stem for sale if anybody is interested. Axiom Bar, Seatpost and probably a Selle Italia TT saddle were stock. Grip Shift X-ray shifters. Quite possibly race face turbine cranks, but I can't remember for sure. Blue BICI hubs laced to sun rims, with panaracer tires, probably those white ones were stock. XT derailleurs, possibly an XTR rear. 8 speed. Standard clipless pedals, or possibly shimano 747s.
The Dia Compe brakes and levers were nasty - best was to upgrade to xtr v's. The tires were another good upgrade. The rest of it was pretty standard stuff.
Oh what I would give for those Hubs!!!!....Ive been trying to track down a set to no avail. I have a blue Machine tech (which is similar) but no rear. If he wants to sell the wheels, or trade to something more modern I would be soooo interested.
1996 Norco Team Issue Specs
Norco Team Issue WCS 1996
BB Shell Width: 68mm English
BB Spindle Length: 108 mm
Bicycle Type: mountain bike, front suspension
Bottom Bracket: Axiom titanium, 108 mm spindle
Brake Levers: Avid SD-2.0
Brakeset: Tektro 872 brakes, Avid SD-2.0 levers
Chain: Shimano CN-IG90, 1/2 x 3/32"
Chain Size: 1/2 x 3/32"
Chainstay Length: 16.75"
Component Group: Grip Shift/Shimano Deore XT
Crankset: Race Face LP Compact, 20/32/42 teeth
Fork Brand & Model: Marzocchi XC 700
Fork Crown: triple-clamp
Fork Material: aluminum/chromoly, triple-clamp crown
Fork Rake: 4.80cm
Frame Angles: 71.0 head, 73.0 seat
Frame Construction: TIG-welded steel
Frame Tubing Material: Ritchey WCS Prestige
Front Brake: Tektro 872
Front Brake Lever: Avid SD-2.0
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT top-swing, top-pull
Front Derailleur Type: top-pull
Handlebar: Bontrager Titec 150g
Handlebar Extensions: Not included
Handlebar Stem: Axiom 6061
Head Tube Angle: 71.0
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless Tange Ahead
Headset Diameter: 1 1/8" threadless
Largest Rear Cog: 28
Num Rear Cogs: 8-speed
Pedals: Exus EM-1
Rear Brake: Tektro 872
Rear Brake Lever: Avid SD-2.0
Rear Cogs: 8-speed, 11 - 28 teeth
Rear Derailleur: Grip Shift ESP 900
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Rear Shock Travel: Not applicable
Rim Front: Sun Metal CR17A
Rim Rear: Sun Metal CR17A
Rims: Sun Metal CR17A, 32-hole
Saddle: Ritchey Vector WCS, titanium rails
Seat Post Diameter: 25.6 mm
Seat Tube Angle: 73.0
Seatpost: Titec AL-235, 25.6 mm diameter
Shift Levers: Grip Shift ESP 900
Sizes: 15", 17", 18.5", 20", 22"
Smallest Rear Cog: 11
Spoke Brand: DT Revolution stainless steel, 2.0mm double butted
Spoke Gauge: 2.0mm
Spoke Holes: 32-hole
Spoke Material: stainless steel
Spoke Nipples: alloy nipples
Spoke Type: double butted
Sugg Retail: 2699.00
Tire Front: Panaracer Dart Magic
Tire Rear: Panaracer Smoke Magic
Tire Size Front: 26 x 2.00"
Tire Size Rear: 26 x 2.10"
Tires: Front: 26 x 2.00" Panaracer Dart Magic, Rear: 26 x 2.10" Panaracer Smoke Magic
Top Tube Length: 22.25"
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