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Old 05-04-16, 07:51 AM
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Early 1980s Norco? - ID help

I have this bike that I bought from someone. I believe she said it was from 1982? Any help in identifying the model?

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Old 05-04-16, 09:00 AM
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I don't know much about Norcos - but most makers were running cables under the bottom bracket by 1985. Between that and the components it looks to be an early 80s bike.
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Old 05-04-16, 09:58 AM
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1982 is probably not far off the mark. The hi-tensile frame with stamped dropouts and 27" wheels with aluminum rims and QR only on the front points towards a Monterey, which was 2nd from the bottom of the line.
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Old 05-04-16, 10:45 AM
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Love the attempt to mimic the Reynolds decal! Bike is similar to the Magnum SE I got at a garage sale for my wife. All Shimano 600 group except headset for some reason...and no fake Reynolds decal!

Nice rider too. I think @randyjawa had one or two Monterey's.
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Old 05-04-16, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
1982 is probably not far off the mark. The hi-tensile frame with stamped dropouts and 27" wheels with aluminum rims and QR only on the front points towards a Monterey, which was 2nd from the bottom of the line.
Would you consider this to be ~2400 Sekai? Looks to be about the same componentwise as well as frame.

OP, would you mind terribly supplying a serial number? Should be located on the bottom of the BB shell.
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Old 05-04-16, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
1982 is probably not far off the mark. The hi-tensile frame with stamped dropouts and 27" wheels with aluminum rims and QR only on the front points towards a Monterey, which was 2nd from the bottom of the line.
I saw the beginnings of an M and I'm fairly certain it is also a Monterey. I see lots of them for sale here in Vancouver.
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Old 05-04-16, 11:19 AM
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I am pretty sure that is a Monterey. I worked at the bike store that bike was purchased from in the 80's.
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Old 05-05-16, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
Would you consider this to be ~2400 Sekai? Looks to be about the same componentwise as well as frame.

OP, would you mind terribly supplying a serial number? Should be located on the bottom of the BB shell.
Given the era, I's say this is at least a step, possibly two, below the 2400. The circa 1982 Sekai 2400 were Mangalloy versus hi-tensile and had forged rear dropouts with an integral derailleur hanger versus stamped dropouts. A 1982 Sekai 2400 would have been roughly equivalent to the 1982 Norco Magnum Touring.

Like your yourself, I'd appreciate the serial number. I'd also like to see a drive train photo.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
I am pretty sure that is a Monterey. I worked at the bike store that bike was purchased from in the 80's.
Then we probably met at one time or another. Whenever I was in Ottawa for a race, I used to stop in to see Denis. We've known each other since the early 1970s, when Pecco's was located around the corner on Parent Street.
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Small world. I'm originally also from Ottawa and I still own a Norco Monterey. Granted, mine is from 2002...
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Then we probably met at one time or another. Whenever I was in Ottawa for a race, I used to stop in to see Denis. We've known each other since the early 1970s, when Pecco's was located around the corner on Parent Street.
I remember when it was on Parent Street. My brother bought his first Sekine there. Sadly Pecco's in Ottawa is gone, the land was worth more than the store, so Denis closed it up and just runs the Hull (Gatineau) store.

I loved working at that store.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Given the era, I's say this is at least a step, possibly two, below the 2400. The circa 1982 Sekai 2400 were Mangalloy versus hi-tensile and had forged rear dropouts with an integral derailleur hanger versus stamped dropouts. A 1982 Sekai 2400 would have been roughly equivalent to the 1982 Norco Magnum Touring.

Like your yourself, I'd appreciate the serial number. I'd also like to see a drive train photo.
I've actually seen a sticker or two proclaiming to be high tensile mangalloy... IIRC it was actually on a 2700 series, 1977 again IIRC
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Like your yourself, I'd appreciate the serial number. I'd also like to see a drive train photo.
Thanks everyone! I don't know a thing about bikes but was just curious.
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Here's another shot of a Monterey, looks correct,
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Thanks everyone! I don't know a thing about bikes but was just curious.
Thxs. The serial number appears to be Y1E2501, in which case it was manufactured during weeks 9-10 of 1981 by a Japanese company called Yamaguchi. Consequently, it is a 1981 model, as opposed to 1982, though it may have sat in the shop for almost a year, before being purchased in 1982.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
I remember when it was on Parent Street. My brother bought his first Sekine there. Sadly Pecco's in Ottawa is gone, the land was worth more than the store, so Denis closed it up and just runs the Hull (Gatineau) store.

I loved working at that store.
Yes, I remember Pecco's carrying Sekine at the Parent Street store. They also carried CCM. I recall these two brands in particular because I was managing a shop that also carried these two brands. Denis and I used to compare notes on them, especially the top models, the SHX and Tour du Canada. Denis would order a dozen CCM Tour du Canada and strip them for the Campagnolo (Nuovo) Record parts, because it was cheaper than buying the parts through the distributor. There would be a line of purple CCM TdC frames hanging on the wall. Sometimes, when I was into the store and they were swamped with customers, Denis would enlist me to answer questions.

I only recall four specific personnel from the Murray Street store. Besides Denis, his father would come in and build wheels. I believe that the name of the manager, who occupied the mezzanine office was named Greg? IIRC, I was told that he left to start his own LBS? I also recall a really nice, shorter fellow, with dark curly hair, whom I believe was named Guy? I recall him also being at the Gatineau store and that he may have been a sales rep for one of the distributors at one time? Do the names and details sound right? I'm terrible with names.

Since I've retired from competition, I don't get to Ottawa much. The last time that I was to Pecco's, which was several years ago, I met Denis' son who was running the store and is the spitting image of Denis. He told me that Denis comes in occasionally but was generally occupied with his real estate ventures.

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