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Ross Mt. Bear?
Hey, this is my first post here.
I recently picked up a bike for free, and it appears to be an early mountain bike made by Ross. On the top tube, it says Mt. Bear, and after much Google-ing, I can't seem to find any mention of such a model on the internet.
From what I've read, most Ross bikes are poo, although they made a few good bikes. I'm confused as to which category mine falls into. I think it might be some crap made in Taiwan, due to the Tracer cranks on it, but it also has Suntour derailleurs with indexed shifting for the rear, center pull Dia-compe brakes, and aluminum 24" Araya rims, which I understand are somewhat higher-end. All of the decals have been scraped off or somehow removed over the years, so I can't really tell it's origin or value.
Also, why does it have 24" rims? The frame seems somewhat normal sized, but the brakes are all in the right place, so it's not something that was thrown on later.
It's got scrapes and a bit rust all over it, so I plan to re-paint it. Is it worth anything? Is it even worth repainting?
edit: The rims are actually 26". I measured them with a tape measure, but the rims are stamped as 26 x 1.5". I guess I've been around road bikes too long.
Most of the Ross bikes aren't Poo, just most people think they are. It's an Internet thang.
I haven't heard of the Mt Bear, but it must be at least an '87 model as that's when Suntour came out with indexed shifting. Here's a website that can help date the bike by the production codes on the components... http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm