My Equipe says E 17.5 and B9608 0310. I think it must have been built in Vancouver because it's a Blizzard frame and Blizzards were made in Vancouver for a good few years after that. The E presumably means Equipe, 17.5 is the size and I wonder whether B might stand for B.C., or even Blizzard.
You have H and T9409 2899, so say H means Hammer, 9409 means built in September 94 and normally you would think the T meant The Bicycle Group, a big Taiwan company that makes frames etc. I can't think what else it might mean. So maybe they had already transferred Hammer production offshore even a few years before the ProCycle takeover?
I would think it would certainly suit a more heavy duty fork, maybe a Z2 if you want to stay fairly close to period. And the more heavy duty the fork, and the riding you plan to do, obviously the stronger is the argument for using a nice wide riser bar.
Only Google result is this place?
TBG The Bicycle Group Inc
Address:381 Railway St,
Sales:$500,000 - $1 Million
Employees:Approximately: 15 employees work at this location
I was hoping this would become a lightweight steel flyer for singletrack and basic cross-country however if this is the case then i won't hesitate to "Hammer" it around
guess it's good news.
Do the alu Rockys have stamped dropouts?
My 96 Marin doesn't yet my 95 Muirwoods steel did - which suggests to my sleep deprived brain that the 95 steel bikes were still USA made and my 96 alu is made in Taiwan.
My pals 95 Eldridge came with stamped White cranks whereas my 96 IFT came with sugino made decal'd White cranks.
The sticker on the Hammer frame states made in Canada, not that i'm bothered(ish) although a lot of buyers at that time may have had grounds for court action for misleading branding?
I guess it doesn't matter a squat if it's the same tubes and it doesn't fall apart, huh.
"Hand built bikes since 1983, Canadian brand, Rocky Mountain are built for riders by riders in a place where the riding rules. Perfecting the art of hand crafted bicycles, in a process that has many steps and takes a significant amount of time. Rocky Mountain pride themselves in taking a great deal of care when transforming tubes into beautifully finished, performance oriented bike frames, from concept to prototyping, wheel building to the final coat of paint, it’s all done in the Rocky Mountain HQ in Vancouver BC."
let's have a cup of tea...