So dug around... And came across this from my training log, entry for Monday, Sept. 19, 1988
- paid Gary $1000 for Colnago & I picked up Rocky Mtn Stratos - rode to work & then home. Bike has nice feel to it. Light & responsive,
- ribs sore where hit with fridge door 2 weeks ago. Not sleeping well.
So I bought my Stratos in the fall of 1988 (and apparently was accosted by a refrigerator some time while I was at work at the Albany Club - King St. - where I used to work as a waiter). I suppose, as a model, it could be an '89. But the rear derailleur and U-brake might be a hint that shows the other here was a 1989, and mine an '88 (but the catalogs you shared don't match either - my 1988 isn't not that first year gawd awful test case, lol).
Now it did come with a U-brake, and that was the Deore U-Brake. I upgraded later to an XT U-brake, but as late as May 1989, see below, I was still riding it with the original brake and a Deore long cage derailleur, RT-MT60, which was sold in 1987-1988 -not a Deore DX, so again, maybe mine is earlier. Here you can see them on the bike, and note that the U-brake was mounted on the chain stays, not the seat stays
... and a stock phot from velobase.com:
This is me - May 18, 1989 - after my first mountain bike race ever, at Etobicoke (Toronto), Centennial Park. Finished 2nd
Other goodies this bike is outfitted with back then that also suggest it was 1988, not 1989 includes the crank set and chain rings - it came stock
: with a Sugino crank arm set
. Unlike the stock photo you show it was not
sold with BioPace chain rings) - at least not in Canada.
Other parts stock included:
Deore SIS shifters
Deore Front Derailleur
Wolber AT-20s rims
Sugino seat post (25.4 if I recall)
I think it was stock with Deore cantilevers but replaced them with XT
Vetta Gel Saddle
Specialized water bottle cages
So still a bit of a mystery because my late 1988 isn't the 1988 that appears in the catalog but also doesn't have the same equipment as the possibly 1989 here!
and there you have my old trusty steed. Rode and raced it through 1997 BTW.