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Rocky Mountain Overview
In 1978, a couple of guys in a Vancouver bike store modified a few Nishiki road bikes with wide tires, straight bars and thumbshifters with gears. This was the first experience with “mountain bikes” for the soon-to-be Rocky Mountain founders. They needed a more durable frame with aggressive geometry to withstand the harsh trails of the West Coast. So, they called Tom Ritchey and began to import his version of the mountain bike. The founders accompanied Tom Ritchey to Japan to explore the world of durable components and frame tubing that could be fashioned into mountain bikes. And, in 1982, they created their first production model, and Canada's first homegrown fat-tire bike, the Sherpa. missoulabikesource 4) 5)
Rocky Mountain continues to build bikes in Canada: https://www.bikes.com
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The only pic of an authentic, un-“restored” Sherpa can be found in their 1982 catalog.
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1983 Sherpa Super Scooter
Also hard to find with all original parts, as most users understandably remove that top sticker 6)
1983 Scooter mtbr
Rocky Mountain Ritcheys
Rocky Mountain resold Ritcheys starting in 1983. They eventually arrived in three varieties: Japanese TIG welded, lugged and fillet brazed. The 1983 Rocky Mountain Ritchey was TIG welded by Toyo in Japan and is identical to the 1983 Montare Mountain Bikes sold in the US by Fisher.
The difference is in the decals. Note the uniquely weird faux-biplane forks.
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1983 Fisher Montare mtbr
1984 Fat City Flyer pinkbike
A better name for the most northerly of all mountain bikes. 8)
1985 Blizzard retrobike
This is what you get when you google “super scooter.”
Rocky Mountain went on to solidify their brand of bad names by releasing 9)
- 1982 Super Scooter : drugs must have been involved
- 1985 Transpo : for “light trail riding”
- 1988 Hammer : for “pounding the hills”
- 1990 Wedge : a Breezer Series I with an elevated chainstay
- 1991 Équipe & Expérience : Accents required for the Québecois
- 1993 Bolt : “Nail” would have worked better with “Hammer.”
- 1996 Element : worked for Honda
- 1997 Spice : in 1997, the Spice Girls ruled supreme
- 2009 Element 50 : Also known as Tin.
And probably many more.
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