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What's it Worth - Ross Signature 294S

Old 04-28-10, 08:13 AM
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What's it Worth - Ross Signature 294S

Not hard to tell I'm a newb here, but "it's not my first rodeo."

I have a 294S that I bought new in 1985 from a small bike shop in Burke, Va. I rode it for about 2 years (< 100 miles), and then hung it upside down in my basement till now. It's in very good shape (a little dusty) with a few minor scratches and no rust. Ishiwata 024 CRO-MO Lugs & Botto, original Ross tires, Campagnolo Triomphe Crank set, Campagnolo Triomphe Stem, Campagnolo Triomphe Quick Release - front & rear Spokes, Campagnolo Triomphe Pedals, Campagnolo Triomphe Headset and Campagnolo Triomphe Chain. It has all original parts, except the seat.

I tried to do my homework here and found one post with an estimate of $400 to $2,100 depending on frame and Campagnolo set. An estimated value would be greatly appreciated. Photos attached. Thanks.

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Old 04-28-10, 11:09 AM
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I had a Signature when I first returned to road cycling in 2006. It was too small (49cm) and had a bent fork, but I loved riding that bike. I sold it cause it just didn't work for me. Still I really liked that smooth ride.
You have the top of the line of the best bike Ross made, the 294S. Full Campy, and in great condition.
Now for the not so good news. It's a Ross, the Rodney Dangerfield of bicycles. Many folks will not consider a Ross and many more will not pay anything close to $400 for one. Add to that, it's a large frame which is not as desirable as a medium or small frame.
Still, if you find the right buyer I think you can get your $400 or maybe more. As for $2100, if you find that person, sell it quickly, but insist on cash. IMHO, no way it will sell for more than a rare high end Raleigh or Bianchi. Others may differ.
In order to get top dollar, you have to carefully consider your selling strategy because you are only going to appeal to a very small niche of the classic & vintage buyers. You have a rare, beautiful bike, but that doesn't always equate to folks lining up at your door ready to buy at your price.
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Old 04-28-10, 11:21 AM
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Ishiwata 024 and Campy Tromphe make this a lower valued signature bike. But looks in great shape. I think about $250 on a good day from a buyer who respects Ross Signature models. This is a post Tom Kellogg bike built in 1985. Here is the catalog page for your bike:



That was actually the second of the top Signature model in the Ross lineup in 1985. The top model was the Columbus SL/SP frame and Shimano 600 equipt Signature Triad 508 that was about 1.5 lbs lighter than your bike.

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Old 04-28-10, 11:30 AM
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On the other hand, the really valuable signatures are the ones with Columbus frame and Super Record bits, like this model from the '82 Ross Catalog:

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Rare plus beautiful plus Ross = $250 in an average market. And it would take a while to find a buyer. $400 to $2100? Not a chance around here.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Rare plus beautiful plus Ross = $250 in an average market. And it would take a while to find a buyer. $400 to $2100? Not a chance around here.
I sold a 292s for $300.00 pretty easily. I think $350 - $400 could be had but it may take some patience.
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Here is the link with the cost estimate to which I was referring:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...highlight=294s

I agree that to get more than that minimum it'll have to draw the interest of a committed collector. That said, as an auctioneer will tell you, "you never know." Thanks for the help.

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Originally Posted by zich6 View Post
Here is the link with the cost estimate to which I was referring:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...highlight=294s

I agree that to get more than that minimum it'll have to draw the interest of a committed collector. That said, as an auctioneer will tell you, "you never know." Thanks for rthe help.
That thread had one person make that value judgment. No one else has weighed in at that mark. It would be interesting to hear from TMar on this topic now, as that was five years ago. I don't know any committed collectors going for Ross 294s bikes. But all it takes is one! Good luck!
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Rare plus beautiful plus Ross = $250 in an average market. And it would take a while to find a buyer. $400 to $2100? Not a chance around here.
I have to concur with Wrk...it's a Ross...and while it has Campy, it's very low end Campy. I'd be thrilled at selling for $250 and would take anything over $175.
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TMar, are you out there?
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