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Old 07-22-12, 12:31 PM
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What year would you say this is?

Hey Guys,

I recently dug this out of a bike-dungeon (yes, they really do exist!) and am currently refurbishing it. I was wondering about it's model-year, though. Norco's site is totally opaque to contact from the general public (they have few ways to contact them and never seem to respond).




Serial #: S1741159

It's got the fancy-schmantzy triple-butted Japanese tubing and I know many of these guys were the same as contemporary Nishikis. I'm in Canada, but don't recognize the serial number as being in line with the references I've seen, though.

Anyway, any info provided will be much appreciated.
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Old 07-22-12, 12:42 PM
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1987. Based on the logo, the colour scheme and components I'm 99% sure.
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Old 07-22-12, 01:11 PM
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Thanks, dude. That's the number I was guessing at, too.

Further opinions more than welcome, of course.
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What year would you say this is?
2012. Why? What's your calendar say?



Anyway, I know nothing about Norco, but was anyone still using the combination of exposed cable brake levers and downtube shifters in 1987? That looks a bit older, maybe 1984-5, to me.
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Anyway, I know nothing about Norco, but was anyone still using the combination of exposed cable brake levers and downtube shifters in 1987? That looks a bit older, maybe 1984-5, to me.
Yup, Norco was... Found another one online - an '87 Monterey SL - same paint scheme, same components... Should help verify things.
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Anyway, I know nothing about Norco, but was anyone still using....downtube shifters in 1987? That looks a bit older, maybe 1984-5, to me.
What other shifter options were there in 1987? Pretty sure the first brifters were still a few years off. It looks '87 to me just looking at the components. Brake levers may not necessarily be original.
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I think Norco is mainly an Importer. By the Early 1990's the frames were TIG welded, so the late 80's ID seems pretty solid. Cool bike!!!
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Everything about this bike looks late 80's circa 87-88. The paint scheme the components. If we knew the shifter dr type brand and if it's 6speed or 7 speed indexed we could likely tell the exact year. It looks to have 6peed accushift which would make it an 88.
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What other shifter options were there in 1987? Pretty sure the first brifters were still a few years off. It looks '87 to me just looking at the components. Brake levers may not necessarily be original.
I realize DT shfiters were the preferred option, I'm surprised that a bike with DT shifters had exposed brake cables in 1987; I would have expected either aero levers with DT shfiters, or older style levers with the exposed cabling with stem shifters. (Does that make sense?) Maybe Norco didn't like stem shifters so much?
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When did Norco start branding road bikes? I have seen the name on some newer road bikes, but I am used to only the mountain bikes from the 80's.
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