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Ross Centaur year? value?

Old 06-24-20, 08:00 PM
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Ross Centaur year? value?

Ross Centaur picked up really cheep & figured to flip about $70 to $100 tops but then started looking it over. Not just a basic bike like a Huffy or Murray 10 speed. Cro-Molly butted frame, mid grade Shimano derailleurs, good quality Weinmann side-pull brakes, Shimano Biopace crank, Victor resin (not plastic) pedals. A little more looking on eBay, Google etc. & it seems some people think it's a $250 -$400 bike. I've de-rusted & restored to good condition except for the paint (lots of scratches on the blue paint). Handlebar wrap is new, Bontrager tires used but in good shape, all bare metal bits shined up, Rides, shifts, brakes well. So, what model year (serial# RK7B33181) & what's it worth?














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This bike presents well and looks ready to ride. I believe the aspiring road cyclist on a budget is your target audience. I would have replaced the turkey levers to give it more road cred. Make sure the Light Action indexing is dialed in and make that a focal point when selling. Other focal points are ready to ride and everything works like it should. Your photos already stand out from the clutter and reinforce this thing is ready to roll.

I just used this same approach on a Raleigh Technium 420 and sold it in 2 days. Very similar build. Listed at $160 and sold at $150. Your Ross might be a slightly better bike but a less recognizable brand to the target audience. Iíd try listing at $180. You can try higher but I donít think it will generate activity over $200.

p.s. straighten out the brake cable for your feature photo.
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Definitely not a $250 - $400 bike. There is a lot of damage to the paint. Don't get me wrong, it is a decent frame, but has lower level components and I'm thinking you'd be lucky to find a buyer at $150.00. I'm happy to be wrong and you might be in an area where bikes are scarce and you might get more than normal.
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For those that ride as a C&V bicycle enthusiast, they will most likely avoid anything Ross for more than 75.00 in my area. However, put sentimental with rarity and you may find a buyer for significantly more.
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Originally Posted by plonz View Post
This bike presents well and looks ready to ride. I believe the aspiring road cyclist on a budget is your target audience. I would have replaced the turkey levers to give it more road cred. Make sure the Light Action indexing is dialed in and make that a focal point when selling. Other focal points are ready to ride and everything works like it should. Your photos already stand out from the clutter and reinforce this thing is ready to roll.

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I just bought a 1985 ROSS Signature which is in slightly better condition than the OP's. The chain was dry so I decided to take it off and give it a thorough cleaning before lubing it. When I tried spinning the crank, it was super stiff, so I checked the headset and hubs, same thing. All of the grease had dried up. It's now completely disassembled and will clean all of the old grease and repack all of the bearings.
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es1bkacsur , it's a good bike and looks to be in good shape. As I stated in my previous post, the bottom bracket, headset and hubs may need to be repacked. Short of doing that, I think $125.00-$150.00 is a fair price.
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I'll defer to others on value but as to the age, it is a 1987 model manufactured in February 1987.

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Thanks for all the info. I figured $150 tops but want to make sure I wasn't selling too low.
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branko 76 said "just bought a 1985 ROSS Signature which is in slightly better condition than the OP's. -----. It's now completely disassembled and will clean all of the old grease and repack all of the bearings"
On the Ross I repacked the bottom bracket, headset, & pedal axles. Replaced spokes & tires on both wheels. Disassembled cleaned & lubed brake calipers & levers, replaced cables & sprayed lube into cable housings, cleaned & lubed derailleurs & chain. New handlebar wrap cause that black foam 80's stuff was just too cheesy. Plus all chrome and bare aluminum polished to bright finish cause shiny things make people happy.
Had a Ross Signature 294S with full Campagnolo Triomphe component set, paid $50 on eBay with local pick up, about another $40 for pedals, handlebar wrap, got it shaped up like I did with this Ross & sold for $365. Still regret selling it even though I really needed the money at that time.

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I think you could get $250, but only if you swap hooded levers, perhaps a little more if the hoods are aerodynamic cabling.

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I found the OEM specs for the 1987 Centaur. The tubing is plain gauge CrMo. Original MSRP was $289 US. It's a perfect match for picture, except for new tyres, new handlebar tape and missing brake lever hoods.
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I found the OEM specs for the 1987 Centaur. The tubing is plain gauge CrMo. Original MSRP was $289 US. It's a perfect match for picture, except for new tyres, new handlebar tape and missing brake lever hoods.
Thanks for the info. Original tires were completely dry rotted, new handlebar wrap cause that black foam 80's stuff was rotting & just too cheesy. brake lever hoods were also rotten & hiding bright shiny aluminum.
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Originally Posted by es1bkacsur View Post
On the Ross I repacked the bottom bracket, headset, & pedal axles. Replaced spokes & tires on both wheels. Disassembled cleaned & lubed brake calipers & levers, replaced cables & sprayed lube into cable housings, cleaned & lubed derailleurs & chain. New handlebar wrap cause that black foam 80's stuff was just too cheesy. Plus all chrome and bare aluminum polished to bright finish cause shiny things make people happy.
In that case, I would ask for $250.00
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