Is this true? I genuinely don't know. I've been down so many rabbit holes on this, and seen so many stories, I just don't know.
I've included pics of a '92 Altitude I used to have and you can see the seat tube / top tube junction is brazed while the rest of the bike is tig welded, and this is (supposed) to be evidence of work done here in Canada.
What's important to me is the effort that Rocky put in to this bike's appearance. Dark metallic green paint fading at the rear of the bike to a champagne that matches the Rock Shox Judy fork. RaceFace Turbine cranks and BB, RealSeal headset, and a Rocky-branded seatpost clamp all in gold. This bike was the only way to get these RF parts in gold.
The Brodie Brake Booster seemed like a good idea when I noticed that you could see the seat stays flex outwards when you applied the rear brakes. With fresh brake pads - and the ceramic coating on the SUN rims - these might be the strongest brakes I've got on any bike I own right now. They genuinely feel as strong as the XTR discs on my '05 Blizzard. But I imagine the pads won't last long.
Last item to discuss is that Brooks Swallow saddle. I like it, but not on this bike. I'll probably swap it over to my Metro. A Brooks Cambium would look good I think, or maybe the Flite I have - though it's pretty ugly to be honest.
This bike is as comfy as any bike I have - that Titec bar is just perfect, and while the stem would be considered insanely long by any modern bike rider, it's actually medium long by 90's standards.
I don't ride a lot of aggressive singletrack any more, mostly rolling open gravel trails, and it rides beautifully. I got the Innova tires for cheap on AliExpress, so I don't know if they'll last but they're terrific so far.
I've had two Altitudes in the past, and got rid of both for reasons I can't remember or understand, so this one... it won't be for sale for a long long time.