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Old 11-26-21, 08:26 AM
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Revisiting this thread, I'd forgotten about this Norco

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Old 12-29-21, 06:10 PM
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So I know itís not a great picture but Iíll be looking at this one tomorrow and was hoping you guys could fill me in on some stuff: I believe it to be 1994-1995-1996 but would like to nail it down. Also can you give me some insight to componentry? Iím sure tires are not original but the blue hubs?








Thatís all the pics seller posted; but asking price seems reasonable, especially if itís a quality steel frame!
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Scanned from 3" x 5" photos so are poor quality.

This is my friend's Norco Bush Pilot circa 1985 or so. Images take during a two weeks long cycling trip along logging/mining roads near Matachewan, Ontario, Canada. The bike and the racks performed well for many such tours.



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Old 12-30-21, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
So I know itís not a great picture but Iíll be looking at this one tomorrow and was hoping you guys could fill me in on some stuff: I believe it to be 1994-1995-1996 but would like to nail it down. Also can you give me some insight to componentry? Iím sure tires are not original but the blue hubs?Thatís all the pics seller posted; but asking price seems reasonable, especially if itís a quality steel frame!
Yes, the poor non-drive side photo doesn't help but the the combination of Gripshift and cantilever brakes should put it 1994-1996, as you state. Components during this era were a mix that varied from year to year but you should should get some XT, at least the rear derailleur. The wheels appear to be aftermarket. The frame should be True Temper OS or Tange Prestige, again depending on the exact year, which we should be able to determine, if you purchase the bicycle.
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Old 12-30-21, 11:52 AM
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I had an early '90's Nitro, good quality frame.
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Old 12-30-21, 12:30 PM
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Bike is home with me; photos forthcomingÖ
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So here they are:




XT rear derailleur, STX special edition front, LX crank

Grungy!

Daveís Bicycles 1711 W. Rose, College Place

Designed and Assembled in Canada

Marzocchi XC51 is flat

Serial number

Balance branded hubs front and rear, 8 speed so at least 1995

Neat cable routing; rear der and rear brake along top tube, front der along down tube, under BB shell

Threadless headset in 1-1/8Ē, Dia-Compe PC-8 Versa brake levers, SRT-500 grip shift in 8 speed. Pretty sure itís a 1995Ö

No tubing decals to be found anywhere.
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Full S/N from BB shell:



ORS4A T9309 3716
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Old 12-30-21, 02:35 PM
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It's a 1994 model, though I don't know who the identity of the manufacturer. The tubeset was an unspecified, oversize, True Temper.
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Thanks so much, T-Mar! Really appreciate what you do on this forum.
Any thoughts on the wheels? I think they are non original, but they are using Norco branded QRís, very similar to other labeled aftermarket cheap QRís of the era (Tranz-X, Iím looking at you!). Araya RM-395 Team XC rims laced up with double butted Wheelsmith spokes and blue anodized nipples. Prolly aftermarketÖ
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Interesting detail on the non drive side seatstay:





Nice embossed dropouts

Thanks for looking!
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Old 12-30-21, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
Thanks so much, T-Mar! Really appreciate what you do on this forum.
Any thoughts on the wheels? I think they are non original, but they are using Norco branded QRís, very similar to other labeled aftermarket cheap QRís of the era (Tranz-X, Iím looking at you!). Araya RM-395 Team XC rims laced up with double butted Wheelsmith spokes and blue anodized nipples. Prolly aftermarketÖ
OEM wheels specs were Deore XT hubs with Ritchey Rock rims.
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Thank you T-Mar. Iím questioning whether or not the fork is original as well. Headset looks a little fishy as the top bearing cup is a Dia-Compe Aheadset, but the bottom bearing cup is Tange Japan. Any help?


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Old 01-01-22, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
Thank you T-Mar. Iím questioning whether or not the fork is original as well. Headset looks a little fishy as the top bearing cup is a Dia-Compe Aheadset, but the bottom bearing cup is Tange Japan. Any help?
The Marzocchi XC-51 fork is Norco spec but unfortunately the headset isn't mentioned.
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Old 05-09-22, 05:44 PM
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Which Norc have we here? U-brake down below.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-road-bike/wi...els/1616363024

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Old 05-10-22, 07:17 PM
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Which Norc have we here? U-brake down below.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-road-bike/wi...els/1616363024
The photograph is quite fuzzy but it looks like it may be a circa 1989 Norco Bigfoot.
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Early Norco Sasquatch on Kijiji

A big Saquatch for sale near Toronto
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Mid '80's I guess. The handlebars look cut down.


Norco Sasquatch
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A big Saquatch for sale near Toronto
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Mid '80's I guess. The handlebars look cut down.


Norco Sasquatch
$400. For that. The seller appears to be working in an industrial environment and probably in closed air shop which uses contact cement solvents.
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A big Saquatch for sale near Toronto
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Mid '80's I guess. The handlebars look cut down.


Norco Sasquatch
It appears to the be the 1984 model. At least the stem and rear derailleur are not OEM.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The photograph is quite fuzzy but it looks like it may be a circa 1989 Norco Bigfoot.
Ah ok. I haven't gone to see it yet (not on a usually travelled route). He still has it up for $165. I'd offer him significantly less but I already know the answer. I'd rather just hold off until something else comes along. Those low-mount u-brakes aren't for me.
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'89 Cherokee

Late to the game here. Here's a genuine "4th line mucker"! 5 speeds. Looks like a late 80s, but components confirm 1993. Would love to see a '93 catalog to confirm! A freebie off Kijiji, here in Alberta. She will be my son's daily commuter to university, once we swap the steel rims for aluminum, replace the bar grips, and get some new tires. You really sit upright, on this one! Very cool ride, gears shift effortlessly, after sitting on the side of a shed, unused, for years. WD-40 is an amazing product!


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Originally Posted by Everton FC View Post
Late to the game here. Here's a genuine "4th line mucker"! 5 speeds. Looks like a late 80s, but components confirm 1993. Would love to see a '93 catalog to confirm! A freebie off Kijiji, here in Alberta. She will be my son's daily commuter to university, once we swap the steel rims for aluminum, replace the bar grips, and get some new tires. You really sit upright, on this one! Very cool ride, gears shift effortlessly, after sitting on the side of a shed, unused, for years. WD-40 is an amazing product!
This bicycle is older than 1993. The 1993 version was an actual ATB, with a triple crankset and cantilever brakes, while this one is configured like the earlier city bike version, with a double crankset, side-pull brakes and dual purpose tyres. Based on the graphics, I'd place it circa 1990 but that year's model had a six speed freewheel, so the presence of 5 sprockets may indicate slightly older than even that. While It's always possible that some of the components have been upgraded, the absence of cantilever studs on the frame indicates it is not 1993 and that the brakes are likely original equipment

The date codes, in conjunction with the frame's serial number, would help determine if the components in question have been replaced. Also, owners rarely replace parts with the exact same model, so photos of these components may also help.
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This bicycle is older than 1993. The 1993 version was an actual ATB, with a triple crankset and cantilever brakes, while this one is configured like the earlier city bike version, with a double crankset, side-pull brakes and dual purpose tyres. Based on the graphics, I'd place it circa 1990 but that year's model had a six speed freewheel, so the presence of 5 sprockets may indicate slightly older than even that. While It's always possible that some of the components have been upgraded, the absence of cantilever studs on the frame indicates it is not 1993 and that the brakes are likely original equipment

The date codes, in conjunction with the frame's serial number, would help determine if the components in question have been replaced. Also, owners rarely replace parts with the exact same model, so photos of these components may also help.
Shimano Singapore componenets. Date code NF - 1989. I thought it was older than a '93. Thing is, nowhere online has a 1989 Norco Cherokee! Must have been very few of these produced in '89. I've changed the title of my post, and signature, accordingly!
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Shimano Singapore componenets. Date code NF - 1989. I thought it was older than a '93. Thing is, nowhere online has a 1989 Norco Cherokee! Must have been very few of these produced in '89. I've changed the title of my post, and signature, accordingly!

A component date code of June 1989 raises the possibility of it actually being a 1990 model. Most manufacturers start building the new models around September and the component manufacturers even earlier than that. That 5 speed freewheel could be a replacement. The frame's serial number may increase our confidence level in a model year.
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A component date code of June 1989 raises the possibility of it actually being a 1990 model. Most manufacturers start building the new models around September and the component manufacturers even earlier than that. That 5 speed freewheel could be a replacement. The frame's serial number may increase our confidence level in a model year.
Might be a '90. Here's a '90 Bigfoot - same paint job.
https://www.mikesbikeswork.com/blog/...-norco-bigfoot

Serial # - 91106700, so should I assume it's a '91?

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