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Old 05-14-18, 10:35 PM
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Mystery Norco BMX

Anyone out here a norco or BMX wizzz from the 80's? Found this old beauty at a yard sale.
Anyone know what it is? Serial number is 171570
Has a different gusset/stiffener then any Norco BMX anyone i have talked to has seen.
Came with red anodized seat posts, brake lever and clamp, front sprocket and pedals.
Tange TX1200 forks.
Skyway Tuff I front and Tuff II on back.
5ugino Chain wheel.
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Anyone out here a norco or BMX wizzz from the 80's? Found this old beauty at a yard sale.
Anyone know what it is? Serial number is 171570
Has a different gusset/stiffener then any Norco BMX anyone i have talked to has seen.
Came with red anodized seat posts, brake lever and clamp, front sprocket and pedals.
Tange TX1200 forks.
Skyway Tuff I front and Tuff II on back.
5ugino Chain wheel.
I had never heard of Norco, I checked BMXMUSEUM and they have over 100 of them on there to compare yours too, have fun!
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Norco was and is a Canadian brand. Pics would help but it sounds like it has some awesome parts on it.
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I had never heard of Norco, I checked BMXMUSEUM and they have over 100 of them on there to compare yours too, have fun!
Have already gone them all and none that are similar
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Norco was and is a Canadian brand. Pics would help but it sounds like it has some awesome parts on it.

Tried uploading pics but im a new member...... stupid.
Cant until 10 posts
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I'd be interested in seeing pics... I have had a few older 80s Norcos.
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Tried uploading pics but im a new member...... stupid.
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Well you can look though here and see if you can find it https://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/norco/
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^ I think he already did a quick sweep through the museum...

I'm wondering if its a mid-year Desert Rat or Samurai or something... I have had a few that I haven't seen posted before due to the weird decals and colorways.
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Well you can look though here and see if you can find it_____

Yea already looked through them all. Even talked to norco and the bmx specialist wasnt sure but asked if i wanted to sell lol
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I'd be interested in seeing pics... I have had a few older 80s Norcos.

A few more posts and ill be able to. Its a pretty rad bike
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So the forks are stamped A0 Indicating January 1980 and i believe these are original but i cant be sure.
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^ I think he already did a quick sweep through the museum...

I'm wondering if its a mid-year Desert Rat or Samurai or something... I have had a few that I haven't seen posted before due to the weird decals and colorways.



Its the same frame as a early 80's Shamano 4000 frame. Same gusset and everything
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Originally Posted by LegendaryGanja View Post
Its the same frame as a early 80's Shamano 4000 frame. Same gusset and everything
Hmmm! Now I'm really interested in seeing it. That's not the kind of bike for someone to slap random decals on. Never seen one even remotely like that... get that post count up and post a pic or two!
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Originally Posted by LegendaryGanja View Post
A few more posts and ill be able to. Its a pretty rad bike
What are you doing, get posting

We got Grease_Factory here and the guy seems to really know his Norcos, me I'm just curious as the bike sounds really cool!
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What are you doing, get posting

We got Grease_Factory here and the guy seems to really know his Norcos, me I'm just curious as the bike sounds really cool!

"You are allowed to post 5 posts in 24 hours. Please wait for this amount of time."

Been a slow process but one more post now and i can post pictures lol
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Hmmm! Now I'm really interested in seeing it. That's not the kind of bike for someone to slap random decals on. Never seen one even remotely like that... get that post count up and post a pic or two!

The badge on the front looks pretty original or i would of assumed its not a norco
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First of all... COOL!

I'm not an expert with Norco serial numbers... back in the early BMX days a lot of bikes were made in Japan by various companies for export brands like Norco and Nishiki. I'm going to guess based on the serial number that that is a 1977 frame. Being a loop tail and having that style of gusset are screaming late 70s to me. As far as model, I haven't a guess. Your bike is older looking than I was expecting.

if I'm wrong, the other possibility is that it could be a 1981 frame... I cant remember what order the date year and month were stamped on the norcos...

some of the parts you have appear to be newer than the bike. Those Tange TX-1200 Champion forks could be as old as the bike or they might be a few years newer. The date is clearly stamped on them. You will have to remove them and look on the steer-tube for the word "Tange followed by a number and a letter". The number is the year code and the letter is the month code. It might help date the bike a little bit better.

What are your plans with the bike?

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First of all... COOL!

I'm not an expert with Norco serial numbers... back in the early BMX days a lot of bikes were made in Japan by various companies for export brands like Norco and Nishiki. I'm going to guess based on the serial number that that is a 1977 frame. Being a loop tail and having that style of gusset are screaming late 70s to me. As far as model, I haven't a guess. Your bike is older looking than I was expecting.

if I'm wrong, the other possibility is that it could be a 1981 frame... I cant remember what order the date year and month were stamped on the norcos...

some of the parts you have appear to be newer than the bike. Those Tange TX-1200 Champion forks could be as old as the bike or they might be a few years newer. The date is clearly stamped on them. You will have to remove them and look on the steer-tube for the word "Tange followed by a number and a letter". The number is the year code and the letter is the month code. It might help date the bike a little bit better.

What are your plans with the bike?

Yes the forks are stamped A0 indicating January 1980. They are also marked MX which is something which is uncommon aswell

And i planned on just building a daily rider out of it. Never thought it would be this rare lol
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Cool, Great looking bike!
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Being Canadian I have seen a lot of Norco's but I have never seen one like that. It has quite a lot of good parts on it so either someone built it up or it wasn't a cheap bike.
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wooow! Very nice, bro!
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