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Morrison of New Zealand
New Zealand's first mountain bike 1)
In 1963 Morrison Industries produced lawn mowers and bicycles sourced “almost completely from New Zealand made parts” 2) so that by the 1970’s ninety percent of all bicycles sold in New Zealand were locally made. At the time, New Zealand restricted imports of bicycles and companies, such as Morrison, licensed outside bicycle designs 3). When the import bans were lifted around 1985, almost all local bicycle manufacturing ceased 4) and the Morrison bicycle brand ended. Morrison continues to make the lawn mowers they initially started with: Morrison Outdoors. 5)
Morrison Lawn Mower
The components are labeled Suntour, the rims Araya, and the frame has a Miyata sticker on it. Perhaps it's not quite 90% Kiwi, but it has many unique touches in its bmx frame/forks, welded on kickstand, cable routing and bmx bars. It's very similar to its namesake, the Schwinn Sidewinder.
- Price: NZ$390, about US$250 in 1983.
1983 Sidewinder chainslapmag
The date is completely uncertain.
1984 Sidewinder flickr
Another guess on the date, although it's likely a 1986. The Sidewinder went through yearly evolutionary incarnations, finally acquiring a triple front derailleur around 1986.
1985 Sidewinder flickr