Ross Signature Triad
Earlier today, I was given a 1986 Ross Signature Triad by the original owner. I wish I'd had time to talk to her more about the bike, as I honestly knew little about the Ross company prior to seeing this bike posted on Freecycle and doing a quick Google search. The bike uses lugged Columbus SL tubing with Shimano 600 components all around. It's a surprisingly light and responsive ride. While I've owned quite a few road bikes over the years, this is the first one I've owned with high-quality tubing and components. I have no interest in selling the bike, but I am quite curious if anyone knows anything about this bike, what it originally sold for, and what it might be worth today. Thank you!
You need to post pics, please.
Some Ross Signatures are very high-end; most are distinctly middle-end. It's certainly a good sign that it's SL. Is there someone's "signature" as a decal on one of the chainstays? As I say, pics are necessary to really tell the story.
I'm going to try to clean it up a bit this weekend, so I'll post some pictures afterwards. I did talk to the previous owner a bit about the bike though. She bought the bike in 1986 for $800. Not being a serious rider, she swapped out the original Shimano 600 brake levers and pedals for cheap Dia-Comp levers with "cheater levers" and platform pedals. Unfortunately, she long ago threw the originals out. She also changed out the original wheels and tires - which were sew-ups - for modern clincher rims/tires, and changed out the seat. The rest is original, and aside from some nicks in the pain, in very good condition. The shifters, derailleurs, brakes, crank, hubs, quick-releases, and seatpost are all original Shimano 600, with Cinelli handlebar and stem. Here's a quick photo I took with my phone when I first got the bike home:
Originally Posted by Picchio Special