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1986 Norco Spitfire

1986 Norco Spitfire

My tribute to all things 80's Freestyle

I picked up this Norco frame from a local friend years ago, and always had the build in the back of my mind's eye. Just had to get all the pieces together. Four years later, here we are. Not done... I'd like to add a Dyno D2 brake guard, but done enough to submit. This one has taken a long, long time to come together. Took my time, did it right. I might never build another 80's freestyler, and if I don't, I know I did it justice. I wanted to throw as many 80's FS gimmicks at this one as I could, without it looking like a cartoon. That was the plan from the get-go, and like how it has turned out. Hope you like it too. 


Frame: 1985-86 Norco Spitfire (Anlun-made. Partial Serial number ******1784 -- stamp was crooked and faint, can't read the first digits, and powdercoat doesn't help.) 
Fork: Spinner (yes, it has a 5" HT, so I've had to use spacers. But I'm tall, and I didn't want to chop the steerer tube. Coupled with the 7" rise Schwinn bars, it's a great height.) 
Stem: Norco Fakelifter 
Bars: c. 1987 Schwinn Yo! / Predator bars, 7" rise 
Headset: Tioga Beartrap II
Grips: New A'me Waffle grip, with pink Jive Nuts.
Wheels: Hutch OGK mags. (These took years to clean. The rear mag had been spray-painted red.) 
Tires: Kenda K55, bubble-gum pink
Brakes: Shimano Tourney, with Dia-Compe adjusters
Brake Pads: Skyway
Brake Levers: Dia-Compe 128
Crank: Redline 401 Flight, 175mm (survivor)
Bottom Bracket: Redline Flight
Pedals: Victor VP888
Chainwheel: Redline Flight, 40t
Seatpost: Alps
Seatpost Clamp: Tioga, quick-release
Seat: Viscount 
Detangler: Columbia
Chain: KMC
Pegs: rear Tioga framestanders, front Spinner, with grip tape
Number Plate: Dyno Dynosaur
Custom decals: I had my decal guy recreate the awesome vintage Norco Freestyler 'Signature Series' decal set, in pink / magenta, except spelling out 'Anlun' instead of Norco, to honour the maker. Also added a bunch of period decals to the numberplate. Pink Dyno dice valve caps and OG 'Tab' soda pad to finish it off. 

Thanks, and acknowledgements: Colin Ashe, Attila Sarlosi, Pat Fisher, Harry Mougoyannis, Clayton at Backpeddling (Guelph, Ontario, Canada.) 

Submitted by OG'89

  • Freestyle / Flatland
  • Company: Norco
  • Model: Spitfire
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Toptube length: 18.5
  • Headtube size: 1"

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