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Ross Compact - Details?

Old 05-27-13, 06:40 PM
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Ross Compact - Details?

Hello,

I'm looking to sell an old Ross bicycle I bought used a few years ago. I know very little about bikes in general and I was hoping to get some guidance from this forum so that I can provide as much information as possible about the bike. Most of the bikes on Ebay have details I am unable to provide about mine at this point and I want to ensure that it actually sells. It's a Ross bicycle that I believe is from the 1980s, and it says the words 'Compact' and 'Shimano' on different parts of it. That is as much as I know about it. I've attached some pictures of the bike. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Old 05-27-13, 07:57 PM
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value as is about 25$ or less. Probably not worth an ebay sale; packing hassle and such too much bother for too little money.

Ashtabula crank, claw hanger, etc.

I know there are some Rosses on the bay that seem to be quite valuable, at least given the asking prices. Don't be fooled; they're not selling and most all of them have been up there over a year. Not worth the type of coin the sellers are asking.

I'm not in any way dismissive of Rosses as bikes. I own three. The reason I'm familiar with the Rosses on the bay is I'm actually looking for a particular Ross model.
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Thanks both of you for your help! I didn't realize that about the ones on Ebay. That is pretty deceiving. I was planning on doing local pickup only, though. I guess any money I can get from it would be good (I'm moving and selling a lot of things). Now I know to set the price low. I'm a little frustrated because I definitely paid a lot more than $25 for it from a bike shop, but the exact amount escapes me.
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If you have a local Craigslist, post it there. If you fix it up (cleanup, new tire and tubes) 75-100$ isn't out of the question once it is rideable. The problem is the fixup will likely eat up your profit.

I'm not sure what happened to the price of Rosses on the bay. Ebay is not noted for realistic pricing, but the Rosses are way out there. I think one seller decided to charge a lot, and the others have followed suit, even without any sales. There are some fairly base level Rosses there for over a thousand dollars. Even the better Rosses aren't in that range. They just sit, month after month, with no takers.
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+1, that is an entry level Ross model, the bottom of their derailleur equipped models. It was called the Compact because it came with 26" wheels in place of the normal 27". This allowed them to build a 17.5" frame, which was shorter than their standard 19" step-though frame. It bridged the gap between a kid's bicycle with 24" wheels and an adult bicycle with 27" wheels. It was a practical alternative for very short females who did not want the stigma of being seen riding on a kid's 24" bicycle. This is probably the marketing point that I would emphasize; the smaller frame and wheel size, appropriate for very short adult females.

It appears to be mid-1980s though I can't say the exact year. We may be able to determine that from the serial number.

The frame is almost certainly hi-tensile steel as I can't see any tubing decals and this the material used on other Compacts that I've seen. I can't positively identify any of the components from the photos other than the aforementioned Front Freewheel System crankset, though all the components appear to be steel, with the exception of the brakes, stem and shift levers.
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Thanks for the info everyone!
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Hi Did you ever end up selling this bike?
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