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    Bushpig; did you ever determine what the mystery Rocky Mountain frame was with the pump peg?
    There are no "mistakes"; only learning curves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagpipes
    Bushpig; did you ever determine what the mystery Rocky Mountain frame was with the pump peg?
    No I didn't. Definitely a weird bird. That bike lives in Europe now.

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    ... marinoni 'humorous' details ...

    Hey - a few detail pix of the things that may/may not make the Marinoni humorous - the tubing is in fact SL & was used because they didn't know whether they were going to continue with MTBs & they had these sets in the shop - when I visited them in 89, they said that it hadn't been a good experience & weren't sure where they were going - the lugs were for the same reason - this bike is #44 of 75 made - the frame is chromed & then painted.







    The headsets were also a bit silly - Shimano 600 with the fluted nuts - road stuff, but I gotta tell ya - it hasn't given me a bit of trouble in over 20 years of pretty good abuse.



    The U-Brake, while a really great brake [imho], should never have been put under a chainstay - if it's dry, great, but in the wet & muck [especially DH] never mind, it ain't even slowin' you down let alone stoppin' .



    The stem was also 'road' - a very lovely NITTO quill that worked OK but just didn't feel right - I swapped it out for a Tioga T-BONE, which was a pretty good stem in 87 - the brake levers were the long Shimano's & I swapped them out for some shorter ones that I still find perfect for my hand size.





    Anywho, I hope this hasn't bored you all to tears - while these bikes were somewhat OFF, if you get my drift, they were kinda neat & have enjoyed owning this one & riding the crap out of it - doug

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    Here is my "98 Norco Rampage 853 Frame with Ritchey Dropouts, sorry about the pic, only one I have at the moment when it was hooked up to my wind trainer and set up for commuting duty and taken with my laptop:


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    Awww, THAT brings back memories!!
    I had one of those rampages, much abused (even missing paint by the headtube as the previous owner thought there was a crack in the frame, and burnt the paint off, only to find no crack)
    Built it up as the wife's first real mtb about 6 years ago, then when she moved to full squish we sold it off. One of VERY few bikes I really regret getting rid of as it's her nostalgia bike.
    I'd love the chance to reunite her with an old friend, if you decide to dump it could you let me know?
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Is that a British Norco? I could swear the drivetrain is on the wrong side.
    There are no "mistakes"; only learning curves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagpipes
    Is that a British Norco? I could swear the drivetrain is on the wrong side.
    Nope it's regular the picture is reversed from using the laptop for some reason. I bought the bike a couple of years ago from the original owner, I love the frame, I would love to get it repainted some day. Does anyone know if it was factory paint or powder coated? I intend on keeping this one, I wanted to build up a new AM bike and the wife said one of my bikes gotta go, bye bye custom DH bike hehe

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    Thanks for the Marinoni pics!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Proper Pic, well kind of....

    Ok, here is a pic of the Rampage with a proper camera, still in the bike dungeon though so lighting is meh:


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    I've also posted this on retrobike. Here's my restored 1993 Catalyst. I have lusted after a handbuilt Brodie for almost 2 decades and got lucky on craisglist last summer. It's now my daily commuter.




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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
    I've got an 1983 Mikado Kamikaze, same parts basically as that Sasquatch but a different frameset in some important ways (like the american BB shell with a bolted in adapter to take euro BBs, and the gussets under the downtube behind the headtube). It came with original deer-head shimano derailleurs, Takagi XT crankset with all Al rings, alloy rims, dia-compe brakes, suntour shifters, etc. I got it almost all complete and still need to restore it but I'll part with it maybe to another canadian collector. Its kinda small for me and I already got myself an all original 1984 Rocky Mountain FatCityFlyer that's in near-mint shape. Crazy ass seatpost though...nearly THREE inches of adjustable offset but absolutely zero tilt adjustment. The frame has a really short toptube length too. I suspect it was based on a BMX Cruiser design with different dropouts and spacing for 15 speeds.

    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/mikado1.jpg">
    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/mikado8.jpg">
    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/mikado9.jpg">

    Oh and since I've mentioned it... my FatCityFlyer... I've changed to some NOS Joe Murray Maximum Kevlar 2.2 tires since I took the pics, and I'm still trying to figure out some period grips to replace the damaged stock ones. I might just go with Magura Corkies or some Oury's maybe.

    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/fcf1.jpg">
    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/fcf6.jpg">

    Plus everyone knows about my 1988 R.M. Thunderbolt already afterall...

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    There's also my 1987 R.M. Turbo which I'm in the process of rebuilding, this is how it was when I got it 18 months ago...

    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/turbo1.jpg">

    And then there's my custom painted Oryx Team XC frame, and this is how a friend had it built (he painted it, rode it twice and then sold the frame to me, the wheels to a friend of his, etc).

    <img src="http://yoda.densan.ca/kmr/bikes/willbike1.jpg">

    Then I have two True Norths, both late-90s frames... one a XC frame and the other a one-off urban frame (Hugh Black has only ever made TWO such frames and the other was intended for jump/freeriding riding as I recall). I've built the XC frame and its one of my loaner bikes currently, I haven't yet built the urban frame and would probably sell it if I found the right buyer.

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    and while I don't own them anymore but this is how they looked when I sold them...

    early 90s TeamChance (it was a canadian framed version of a Fat Chance, BC made frame semi-authorized by Chris Chance to test a lower-cost model for export sales)...

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    mid-90s Breezer Sky (another canadian-only model)...

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    1991 R.M. Hammer

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    Think it was a 1992 (hazy on the year, figured it out in the past before I repainted it and now forgotten it) R.M. Fusion

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    and there are still others I could post but some have there own threads already like <a href="http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=248093">THIS</a>one.
    Regarding your repainted fusion, looks beautiful. I have a pre-1988 rocky mountain tantalus that I would love to repaint. Could you suggest a place to have it done?

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    damn sansarret, that's cleannnnn...love the finish on the bb area
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    the green tractor

    mid-90s expresso a gift from a girlfriend... anything from my stumpjumper that could fit got moved over (aka dx). the rest pure pacific northwest. used exclusively for expeditions through neighbors flower gardens.
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    That looks great.

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    My Norco Team Issue...

    its a great riding bike. So compliant in the rear and lively handling.
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    That's nice, I've seen an 853 tubed Team before - didn't know there was a Logic tubed version.
    5 is the old new black; 6 is the new new black...

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    I have had several 853 bikes....

    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    That's nice, I've seen an 853 tubed Team before - didn't know there was a Logic tubed version.
    None of them have ridden as good as this bike. My Tange Prestige UltimateVoodoo Bizango is also livelier than any 853 bike I have owned.
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    dekerf and rocky

    '94 Dekerf and early Rocky Titanium
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintageman
    '94 Dekerf and early Rocky Titanium

    I'm not usually a Rocky or a Ti fan...but i'm diggin' that bike. Great build on it.
    -eric-

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    Yeah, seconded! That Rocky Mountain Ti looks great.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    My RM Ti bike

    Recently refinished..
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    93 Mountain


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    Awesome.....but quick! photoshop out that stand!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Freaking radical. Love the Paul brakes F + R. How does that fork work?
    More pics wanted.
    undefined Absolutely must have: Black Machine Tech Zeroflex brake levers (the ones with the rotating leverage adjuster)

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphiller
    More pics wanted.
    Ok.

    Build day.





    A few more from that afternoon.







    Switched to rigid for something to do. A bit on the quick side, Needs a corrected Tuning Fork.


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    Ufo





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    Syncros 1991



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    Rocky Mountain 1991

    Derek Bayley







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    1994 Rocky Mountain TiBolt

    Total Compromise,
    no commitment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jupke

    Thats well done there!
    -eric-

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    I almost got myself a Ti bolt a month ago.
    I don't post to generate business for myself or make like I'm better than sliced bread

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    Thanks guys. Happy to contribute to this fine collection
    Total Compromise,
    no commitment

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    Brodie Esxpresso Frame and Fork

    Anyone see this auction?
    Cool bike!
    17 Bids and $843
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...R10ngnFVM%253D


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    the furry cup runneth over.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Anybody hazard a guess what the deal is on the crank set in the lower right pic? Adjustable arm length?
    Quote Originally Posted by sansarret

    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    The caption says: "Syncros parts. Titanium forks and the world's lightest hollow nivachrome crankset aren't available yet in Japan."

    The red text on the first page says: "It might be due to the loud hard rock playing, but Syncros parts are full of spirit."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jupke
    My '96 Blizzard

    That Blizzard looks like it has pretty modern geometry for a '96. That's a nice looking bike and I'd like to pick up one of those frames.

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    Brodie Romax

    Saw this chained up and had to take pics and thought I should share.

    A full fillet brazed Brodie Romax from 1988 or early 1989. Of most interest is the gatorblade, it has raked legs with tange prestige stickers.

    Despite being a city beater, the paint is original, with only a few bad rusty spots.

    I wanted to leave a note offering to buy but did not have a pen. Found a pen and paper and went back but it was gone.
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    Post this in the Blue Collar Classics thread. Cool bike.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    Post this in the Blue Collar Classics thread. Cool bike.
    Just looked in that thread, it has been posted there before, a night time shot.

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    Found my syncros stem and set the bike up properly.

    1989 Brodie Climbmax
    Repainted in 1995 by Beeks Custom Finishing
    GAtorblade replaced in 1996 due to a steer failure.

    Parts highlights

    Syncros stem and seatpost
    Brakes - Pauls's front, grafton rear
    Nukeproof superfly hubs
    Ritchey logic crank
    Cooks Bros ti bb.
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    just dug this out of the basement - have a few projects on the go and am thinking this will be one for the new year

    brazed brodie - no serial # (perhaps the paint is to thick on teh BB)

    need to either settle on a set of syncros forks or dig dig and dig some more to find another gator blade - any thoughts, is it worth waiting for a brodie fork?
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    Wanted - Rasta Stem and Seatpost (31.8 or smaller)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    Anybody hazard a guess what the deal is on the crank set in the lower right pic? Adjustable arm length?

    Guessing adjustable arm length for different riding terrain or perhaps for tandem application?
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Marinoni Moose, circa 1985. I'm sorting out the fit for a dirt drop build, so it's not much to look at right now, but the geometry is interesting, long stays and plenty of rake on the fork. Columbus tubing, roller cams on the forks and chainstays, nice lug work, and I love the 'Italian flag' fade paint job. I have no idea what the original build was like, the only parts left when I bought the frameset were the brake calipers and one Mavic crank arm.







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    I love some Canadian Steel!

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    talking about canadian steel...this is still original....1990 Blizzard.



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    Nice, true classic Rocky Mountain. love it.

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    that moose is special

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    My 1994 Off RoadToad, purchased frame new in 94, raced it hard for many years, still the only Mtb I own, still ride the hell out of it , classic Canadian steel ! Thanks Rod where ever you are !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtack View Post
    My 1994 Off RoadToad, purchased frame new in 94, raced it hard for many years, still the only Mtb I own, still ride the hell out of it , classic Canadian steel ! Thanks Rod where ever you are !!!
    Cool bike!

    Welcome to the forum, if you look around long enough, you'll probably find you need more than one MTB.....
    WANTED: Fisher Paragon, blue/green, Ritchey dropouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marley mission View Post
    an overpriced - however nice - vintage miele
    read the stickies new guy
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    read the stickies new guy
    ????

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    hardtack....

    awsome ORT....can you shoot some "better", "bigger" detail pics?

    sweet cranks too!


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    man thats megatron!!!! sweet ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketboy2000 View Post
    mid-90s expresso a gift from a girlfriend... anything from my stumpjumper that could fit got moved over (aka dx). the rest pure pacific northwest. used exclusively for expeditions through neighbors flower gardens.
    man thats a sweet ride!!! love it !!

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    Hot!
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Oh that's Rediculous !!! Man alive what a ride! If I had a time machine I would go back and scoop one up , and one of every other classic bike on this site ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126 View Post
    Guessing adjustable arm length for different riding terrain or perhaps for tandem application?
    Adjustable length. It was the first iteration of the cranks, before they were readily available. They tossed them into some ads early on and eagle-eyed folks spotted them. Never went to production that way (as far as I know).
    Show me your Toads. Old Brodies, too.

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    Great Brodie!

    Sweet Sovereign! Is it a 16/17" and is it for sale?
    Just posted on a WTB on PB in search of a steel Sovereign or Expresso (17" or 16")


    Quote Originally Posted by ShiverDC View Post
    just dug this out of the basement - have a few projects on the go and am thinking this will be one for the new year

    brazed brodie - no serial # (perhaps the paint is to thick on teh BB)

    need to either settle on a set of syncros forks or dig dig and dig some more to find another gator blade - any thoughts, is it worth waiting for a brodie fork?

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    did i post here already? can't even remember..... my 1990 RM Blizzard


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    DFA - Really enjoyed your build photos and the Golf!

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    This bike is still a work in progress, Brodie Kinetic (2001 I think...originally a blue colour scheme). When I got it was just the frame / fork / cranks.





    In the mail is an SS kit, some brake line, seat post and a 34T chainring.

    From my measurements it's a 19" frame but the geometry seems smaller than most frames that size...in particular the reach (tt length). The sizing seems to suit me pretty well so maybe down the track some better upgrades will be warranted (wheels are really old, fork is the original manitou sx and stem / bar are some cheap old ones I had). For now I just want to get it going and rideable!!!

    Feels nice and light compared to some bikes I've had!

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    this frame was found in dumpster behind Bikes on Broadway in 83. was ridden by B on B mechanic for a while then hung in garage till I got it as is in 2012. I looks like it was stolen at one point and badly splatter painted. It has the brazed Ritchey bars and a Ritchey decal but it has a crappy fork which looks to be orig with frame. My best guess is that this one of the Japan tig welded Ritchey's that were rejected by Tom and ended up at B on B. ????
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    That's what we call patina.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    I believe that your Ritchey is a first/second year Fisher Montare.
    End of '83/'84.
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    I guess I can add my Norco Sasquatch to this thread.



    anyone happen to have any old Norco decals laying around? I really wish I could find the head badge for this thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    this frame was found in dumpster behind Bikes on Broadway in 83. was ridden by B on B mechanic for a while then hung in garage till I got it as is in 2012. I looks like it was stolen at one point and badly splatter painted. It has the brazed Ritchey bars and a Ritchey decal but it has a crappy fork which looks to be orig with frame. My best guess is that this one of the Japan tig welded Ritchey's that were rejected by Tom and ended up at B on B. ????
    Wow this huge early frame cleaned up really good. Hard to believe that Japan welded this frame. Excellent brazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    Wow this huge early frame cleaned up really good. Hard to believe that Japan welded this frame. Excellent brazing.
    Why? Some excellent bikes comes out of Japan.

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    I believe Fisher bikes put out a green one like my bike in the above pic and a pink/red one as seen on the fork steer in late '83... Mine is also a large...22" 'ish seat tube.
    My bike seems to be all stock, except for the tires, judging from the pedals on the dumpster bike, as mine has the same....I thought they had been replaced.
    I guess a rebirth from a dumpster to lovingly rebuilt in Canada would count as "Canadian Steel". It does look good raw.

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    I'm curious about the paint colors as I do see some green over the red/pink on the raw bike...
    Does anybody know?
    Maybe the red/pink was late '83 and green was painted over for '84?
    Although my buddy had a gray/silver Montare he though was a '84 of which he bought new.

    I asked CK but he said he was "not an expert", who else would be?
    Go fish.

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    I would guess these two bikes were made at the same factory around the same time Ritchey split from Fisher could be from the same order with different decals. Mine was green& a maroon colour ser # H03369. Is your # similar?

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    You maybe correct...I found this a while ago and bookmarked it.
    Here is the link to the article.
    home.comcast.net/~cyclofiend/bikes/Montare83.html
    And here is a little blurb from it or just search '83 fisher images. Couldn't post the pic.s from it for some reason so I just took a screen shot.

    {The Montare was the first production frameset through "MountainBikes". "Designed by Tom Ritchey" appears on the right chainstay. (the following year had "Designed by Gary Fisher"). Plenty of clearance in that frame, eh? The photo above left was probably pretty early on, as it still had the big motorcycle brake levers. At some point, I realized that they had a crack running through them, so I upgraded to some other levers."}.

    From this I assume that my green bike is an '84 (says GF designed on the chainstay) and do believe that yours could be a '83 by judging from the paint color on the fork steer.
    I was not aware that Ritchey put out any tig welded bikes this early.
    I could be missing some of the points of the thread though....?
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    OK back to Canadian steel well er Japanese

    87 Norco Bigfoot behind big brother Sasquatch.
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    I spoke to Pippin Osborne today and he believes this bike was tig welded at the Toyo factory 1982 by a young apprentice by the name of Chris DeKerf working under the eyes of Tom Ritchey himself I will ask Chris myself. A Ritchey frame welded by a Canadian in Japan. Now thats Canadian steel!

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    would that be true of all Norcos of that era? my '84 Sasquatch looks a lot like your Bigfoot, and used to have the same head badge...

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    Sorry the Chris DeKerf comment was in reference to the old tig welded mtb that was found in a dumpster in Vancouver. The ser # 4H00336 say's Canadian lugged for export Ritchey.
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    There were ALOT of Japanese bicycle manufacturing plants in the early 80's I think Norco's were made at the Nishiki parent Co "Kawamura" which was probably welded in Japan before Norco's were made in Tiawian

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    ah, gotcha. my mistake. (I was really quite confused, actually, as the norcos don't look anything like ritcheys!)

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    My first mtb bike was the Sasquatch and it wasn't cheap in 81. I remember exactly $790 [drained my bank acc] had to have it the second I saw it. My buddy bought a Maruishi MT18 on the same day and we off roaded those first mtbs everwhere toured with racks, rode same crazy stuff until I saw my first Ritchey then there was nothing else. Fond memories of my Norco, that was the beginning of something more life altering than Rock & Roll.

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    there's a Maruishi AT-15 at a pawn shop near my house. looks to be in good condition...bullmoose bars, nice blue paint...I haven't stopped to actually see what components are on it, but I think he's asking only $75 for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    I spoke to Pippin Osborne today and he believes this bike was tig welded at the Toyo factory 1982 by a young apprentice by the name of Chris DeKerf working under the eyes of Tom Ritchey himself I will ask Chris myself. A Ritchey frame welded by a Canadian in Japan. Now thats Canadian steel!
    If this is true, I'd like to hear the story. If you talk to Chris please tell us what he says.
    Thanks.

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    1990 Rocky Mountain Blizzard

    Best regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by classen View Post
    If this is true, I'd like to hear the story. If you talk to Chris please tell us what he says.
    Thanks.
    Chris replied promptly…..{gotta love the customer service} saying he did work at the Toyo factory only for a month and he wasn't welding Ritchey's. He confirmed it was a Japanese production bike this one for Canadian export and others that were identified in the MountainBikes catalogue as production frame sets selling for quite a bit less. The tig welded frames sure ride different than the fully brazed bikes that were sculptured. Both nice just one is over the top. R

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    83 Canadian Ritchey ser 4H00336

    I think I will name this one T Rex, its so big. nicest tig welded bike I have seen.

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    Pictures might help
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    cool handlebar!
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    Anybody have full bike shots of one of these? 1989(?) Rocky Mtn Team Blizzard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats View Post
    Anybody have full bike shots of one of these? 1989(?) Rocky Mtn Team Blizzard.
    From the '89 catalogue.
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    Show me your Toads. Old Brodies, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats View Post
    Anybody have full bike shots of one of these? 1989(?) Rocky Mtn Team Blizzard.
    And I assume you saw this one, courtesy Retrobike.
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    Show me your Toads. Old Brodies, too.

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    Much obliged Geoff. I had seen the first, but missed that second colour shot.

    Do you recall if the entire extended seatpost area was sleeved (as this picture suggests)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats View Post

    Do you recall if the entire extended seatpost area was sleeved (as this picture suggests)?
    Im not an alterego of Geoff. Seattubes always had those extensions.
    No, I am not retro.... I am way ahead of my time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GonaSovereign View Post
    From the '89 catalogue.
    Love this frame! Rode one in the mid-90's while living in Morocco...and then I bought a Dekerf. I dig the lineage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen View Post
    Im not an alterego of Geoff. Seattubes always had those extensions.
    I know they are extended, I can't recall if the seat tube was sleeved at the top tube / seat stay junction. But thanks anyway not-Geoff !

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    Rags to riches

    very very close to the 1st overnighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauricer View Post


    1990 Rocky Mountain Blizzard

    Best regards

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    I think the 1990 was the balls, but the 1988 (I think) with the front and rear u-brakes was even cooler. I love those Sycros forks.

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    that rocky is beautiful...very nice!
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    My Rocky "Experience"


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