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Old 10-30-17, 05:10 PM
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Ross Bicycle

My friend passed a way a short time ago. His widow is thinking of selling his 70ish (??) mid line Ross Bicycle. It hasn't been used in a long time and I'm not sure which model it is. Is it worth getting into running shape by putting some lighter components on it?
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Old 10-30-17, 05:54 PM
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Unless you already have the parts sitting around, probably not.
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Just for fun, get some pics of it up here so we can have a look, full on both sides, closeups of the seatlug, BB, fork crown, dropouts, etc. you never know.


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My friend passed a way a short time ago. His widow is thinking of selling his 70ish (??) mid line Ross Bicycle. It hasn't been used in a long time and I'm not sure which model it is. Is it worth getting into running shape by putting some lighter components on it?
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Old 10-30-17, 08:15 PM
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Ross was a bread-and-butter line whose road bikes were mid-range and below, with the exception of the Signature series, and some of these were done by American framebuilders like Jim Redcay or Tom Kellogg but these are rare finds. The mountain bikes were generally better across the range but some of them were cheapos also. Pix required for certainty.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Ross was a bread-and-butter line whose road bikes were mid-range and below, with the exception of the Signature series, and some of these were done by American framebuilders like Jim Redcay or Tom Kellogg but these are rare finds. The mountain bikes were generally better across the range but some of them were cheapos also. Pix required for certainty.
Even the "nice" mountain bikes were heavy tanks- they were just pretty and chromed.
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I agree, if you want to make an 80s MTB light, make it a single speed. If you want to spend a lot of money buy carbon seatpost/handlebar/stem/fork. Those are probably the cheapest/heaviest parts to swap. Even going to aluminium (except for the fork) will help a ton.

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Old 10-31-17, 11:02 AM
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Even the "nice" mountain bikes were heavy tanks- they were just pretty and chromed.
I sold enough Ross bikes to be familiar with the brand. I still maintain that the mountain line outshone the road line except for the custom bikes.
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Old 10-31-17, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Ross was a bread-and-butter line whose road bikes were mid-range and below, with the exception of the Signature series, and some of these were done by American framebuilders like Jim Redcay or Tom Kellogg but these are rare finds. The mountain bikes were generally better across the range but some of them were cheapos also. Pix required for certainty.
My old man has a Grand Tour that isn't half bad to ride.

If Colorado Kid has some sentimental attachment to the bike (because it was his friends), then it might not be a terrible idea to get it going. Likewise, if his friend really liked the bike, it would be a shame to get rid of it.
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Ross was okay and I do not dispute anyone's reasons for keeping/treasuring one. The company built them here (Allentown PA) for years and they had decent parts on them but certain stuff drove me nuts. I absolutely hated the "safety" fork tips. They were just flat ugly, almost never properly aligned, and the fork tips were embrittled during the manufacturing process so if you tried to use the Park/Campy fork tip aligning tools one or more fork tips would likely snap off. I assembled hundreds of the bikes and broke dozens of the forks trying to get them right. We always had at least one Ross on warranty hold awaiting a replacement fork. The problem with the tips was that unless correctly aligned a front QR wheel was not truly QR. You could not just flip the skewer open and release the wheel; you'd need to unscrew the nut because the fork tips were not parallel so you needed more "skewer slack" than the mechanism could provide. And closing the skewer was the same process in reverse. Maddening, and simply the result of crappy manufacturing and quality control.

OP, good luck with your bike. I hope you like it, but DO NOT attempt to straighten the fork tips if they are not already perfectly aligned (and I'll bet you money they are not).
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I had a 1979ish Ross Super Grand Tour Professional with those fork ends (above), and while the fork ends seemed to do their intended job just fine, the bike itself was without a doubt the worst frame I have ridden in my 56 years.

There were some pretty nice Rosses built BITD; not a lot of them, mind you; that definitely wasn't one of them.
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Still waiting on pics, and more detailed info as well. And while I have no hands on experience with Ross, I have seen plenty of favorable reviews, especially as stated above of the Signature series which I have seen a few of that were pretty nice.


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My friend passed a way a short time ago. His widow is thinking of selling his 70ish (??) mid line Ross Bicycle. It hasn't been used in a long time and I'm not sure which model it is. Is it worth getting into running shape by putting some lighter components on it?
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my gf rides a kellog signature ross. excellent 531 frame. its a little whippy for me but she just thinks its comfortable.
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