Last weekend I bought what I believe to be an almost stock 1994 Norco Rampage in very nice condition. The previous owner replaced the original Marzocchi suspension fork with an aftermarket rigid cromolly one. For those non-Canucks, Norco is one of the Canadian brands that started up back in the 60's when Canada had significant tariffs on bicycle imports to protect the domestic market. Norco sold under a number of brand names - Norco, Sekai, Fiori, Nishiki are some I know of. Bikes were designed here and manufactured overseas. I would guess that Norco is one of the few old companies that managed to be competitive in the free trade market we have today. Their bikes were never particularly exciting back in the 70's and 80's, but in the early 90's they started to produce more exciting products. Based on my faulty memory I believe this bike's predecessor (1992 was the first year) was a key milestone on that transition. Tange prestige tubing, a mixed XT/LX build and suspension geometry optimized for suspension. I drooled over this bike when my boss brought one down to Moab.
I bought this to replace my Zaskar as my work bike because the Zaskar just seems to beg to have a suspension fork mounted on it and be ridden on the trail. Besides, GT's just look stupid with racks and fenders. I'm torn though - its a fun bike to ride.
Some of you may have read my thread on canti cable hangers over in the chat room. This is the bike that generated that thread. Paint's in pretty good condition. Some deep chips, but not any significant rust. I'm going to rust proof the chips and touch them up. Previous owner also cut the bars down short. I've got an Axiom flat bar that I'm going to replace these on (for at the least the short term) because I want a bit more width.
I can't believe the length of the stem - holy stretched out position. Did I really ride like that 20 years ago?
Cheap, light and strong. Pick two.
1992 GT Edge; 1996 GT Zaskar; 2000 Rocky Mountain Hammer Race;
2012 Norco CCX monster cross custom build