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Old 07-19-11, 08:54 PM   #1
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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!

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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.
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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:

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Old 07-26-11, 07:30 PM   #4
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Following are some pics of the bike. It could use some touch-up paint in places and needs to be disassembled to be cleaned fully, but it's otherwise in fantastic shape. I plan to take it for a long shake-down ride tomorrow.








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