I'm stoked to find there are a lot who are as chuffed about old hardtails as me. I was thinking a site like this was needed and was very pleased to find it. I think a pendulum is swinging somewhere...
I lived on the bald cold prairie of Canada until I was 38, then had the amazing fortune to be able to move to Vancouver last December.
I got started in this stuff in Spring 1988 when my roommate at the time bought a Rocky Mountain Fusion. I got swept up and bought a Tech Nova - anyone remember those?
By autumn, I was drawn in deeply enough to get an RMB Avalanche. I used my student loan money to do it, too
In a sense, it took me about 15 years to pay that bike off.
It wasn't long before me and all my mates were riding Rockys. In our group, we still have a 1990 Blizzard, two Strati 90 and 92 - all original owners. Helps if you live in Canada. Our favourite place to ride was Jasper, Alberta. It's XC heaven.
I got a new Blizzard in 98 for myself - last of the ones with ritchey tubesets. Freaky fast and very upwardly mobile.
Rocky took a decidedly strange turn when they got absorbed by larger corporate interests - way of the world, I guess. I'm really disheartened by the whole direction change they took in emphasizing the hucker side of the equation. Blizzards were only available as a frameset for a couple of years there.
Rocky is making custom road bikes again. I hope there is a movement approaching critical mass for simpler machines.
I am looking in to getting a deKerf custom built for myself - he was with Rocky in some of their best years. If I get a good fit and ride, there'll likely be some old rockys for sale then...
All RMBs except one
91 or 92 Altitude
92 Cirrus - new today!
99 Turbo LTD road bike
and a 1940's Schwinn