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Ross Signature 290s

Old 01-07-10, 01:47 AM
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Ross Signature 290s

"61cm
Ishiwata EX tubing - same tubing as Bianchi uses
new tires/tubes and bar wrap
maroon/silver
Signature 290S series- mid 80's( i do not know the exact year)
good candidate for a fixed gear/singlespeed conversion,
or keep it as is."

Does anyone know what components are on this bike? Its on craigslist for $150. Should I get it?
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Old 01-07-10, 02:26 AM
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Well, as a rider that could be an ok price depending heavily on the condition. That's not a good flip price. Velo-base has the catalog specs for the 1985 model, which lists the tubing as 4130 Cro-molly. I know the model up, the 292s had the Ishiwata EX tubing because I used to have one. The components are fine but nothing flashy.

It's a decent quality bike. The 290s is the lowest level of the signature series road bikes... which still makes it a high end Ross. The signature bikes are actually pretty cool, Ross employed Jim Redcay and Tom Kellogg at seperate times to oversee the signature lines. Some of the really nice ones were actually built by them and have a signature on the chain stay. The 290s was built somewhere overseas but I cannot remember where. My 292s was too big for me but it left me wanting to find one that fits me. What I would really love is to find the Super Record equipped Ross, that would be SWEET!
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Old 01-07-10, 02:31 AM
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I think these were Shimano 600? You could always just go and take a look... I don't know that I would pay $150 for it, maybe $125 tops if it was in great shape and fit.
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Old 01-07-10, 04:13 AM
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I think these were Shimano 600? You could always just go and take a look... I don't know that I would pay $150 for it, maybe $125 tops if it was in great shape and fit.
The 292s, which is the model up had Shimano Golden arrow equipment which is pretty much 105. One of the crappier Ross bikes came with Shimano 600 Arabesque and a high ten frame, I think it was the Gran Tour.

For what it's worth, I sold my 292s for $250.00 but it was in really great condition.
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Old 01-07-10, 07:15 AM
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I had a mid 80s Aristocrat, which was Ishiwata tubing with 600 arabesque gruppo. Beautiful. I sold it for $275, but it was absolutely mint, and fully overhauled.
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Old 01-07-10, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
One of the crappier Ross bikes came with Shimano 600 Arabesque and a high ten frame, I think it was the Gran Tour.
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Ross Professional Grand Touring. 1020 steel and great components. Actually most of the Ross Professional bikes had better components than frame material, but these frames were put together in the US (Allentown, PA) by hand. Even the basic model (just Ross Professional) had coterless cranks, mid level Shimano components (Eagle/titlist) and alloy front wheel. Lots of Ross bikes at this part of the planet and all of the Allentown-made (boat anchor steel or not) are pretty well put together (Think Chicago 60s and 70s boat anchor Schwinn bikes).

The Signature series (as well as their MTBs) were a late attempt by Ross for survival... unfortunately did not work, because the public's perception of the brand did not go well with their high end bikes they were producing and trying to sell at high prices (about the same thing that would have happened if Kia offered a supercar that was trying to compete with Ferraris in Ferrari prices...)
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Old 01-07-10, 05:53 PM
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If a 290 Signature at any level came up in a size I could ride, 54-58cm. and if it was available for $150, it would last as long as it took me to write the e-mail that says "I'll buy it". I had a 48cm frame 290 that had a bent fork that I picked up in 06. It was the first road bike that I had as I was an MTBer at that time. I really liked that bike but it was hopelessly too small and the bent fork didn't help. I still loved that soft ride of that frame. I've come across a lot of Ross bikes, I've got a Gran Tour in the basement now, but no Signature series.
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Old 10-26-11, 09:49 AM
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I've got the 290s with 4130 tubing and basic shimano gruppo. A really light and responsive bike with great riding characteristics. I bought it for a hundred in a garage sale from the original owner.
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At 150, I'd say it is a pretty good buy.

Ross bikes from this period are pretty nice. Even just before the Kellog/Redkay there were a few decent ones (the aforementioned aristocrat, a model just above it-- the Paragon-- and the Grand Tour XVs were all Ishiwata 024 framed bikes).
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Old 10-31-11, 04:37 AM
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It is Hallowe'en, after all. And it's a Ross...
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I paid $16 for a 290S and a Grand Tour II. I kind of like the 290S. I'd really like it if it didn't have those mid-eighties Shimano shifter bosses.
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That's an amazingly good deal, Top 506
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