In the process the Balfa, Oryx and Mikado brands were all terminated abruptly with almost zero notice to their dealers. I worked at the largest procycle brands dealer in eastern ontario at the time, and still remember the day the VP of Procycle came into the store on a dealer-sales tour around quebec/ontario, and just said Balfa, Oryx and Mikado were being eliminated, and we're not sure if you'll get to carry Rocky because we have too many rocky dealers in ottawa already. That was about a week before the canadian dealers bike show in montreal.
The Oryx & Balfa race teams were essentially dead at that moment, though some racers were bumped over to the Rocky team (marie-helene premont for example). But it also left a lot of dealers scrambling to find alternative brands to carry for the following season.
My ol' Balfa Minuteman was the best all-purpose hardtail a man (or woman) could ask for... and the BB7 was easily one of the 2 or 3 fastest DH bikes I ever rode. I miss that company.
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