Still a hot issue in my daily goings; determining what the actuall model name is of this now called 'Rocky Mountain Mysterious'....
Lance Bohlen is owner of Kore Products and I thoughed there must be a way to contact him. Via some detours I ended up with him mailing with the question 'you where looking for me?'.
Well, we emailed a bit back and forward about the details of these frames. Some details he mentioned fit this frame, some didn't, here's the last email I got from him this morning.
This is why I really like the internet so much...
Now that I think about it, because of the 130 spacing, I suspect you have a
1986 Blizzard - the first year of production. It makes sense because of the
serial number too. I think it decodes to - January 1986!
The original colour was a very light Sky Blue. Look for that colour inside
the frame. I'm not positive of the model year, it might be 1987 but probably
it is 1986. Its Definitely not an '88. If so, you have a very rare frame as
we probably only made a few hundred of those bikes.
The first Toyo Blizzards had 130 spacing because we used a Dura-Ace cassette
road hub with 130 spacing. At that time it was the only cassette hub
available (Deore and XT at that time only had screw-on freewheels). I also
remember that it was the first year of the "U brake". No 3-hole plastic
cable guides were easily available so we used brazed-on loops. Later bikes
had 135 spacing and plastic cable guides.
Its also possible a pump peg was used. Probably designed for a Silica
(Italian) road frame pump which came in about a 100 different lengths. The
pump body could be painted to match the frame!
Original decals would be impossible to find I'd imagine. That was 22 years
ago. Any decals that old would be dust by now. Digital files? Did we even
have digital back then?? I think that was before fax machines! My brother
(now deceased) designed the decals by hand and we mailed the artwork to the
I'm sure I have an original catalog in my files back home. I'll be there in
about 3 weeks (I'm in Taiwan now). So drop me a line then and I'll have more
info. Who knows what I might have in an old box somewhere
. Maybe I have
something I can scan for you....
Thanks for the trip down "Memory Lane"!