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Anyone know anything about aluminum Rossins?

Old 04-25-19, 10:16 AM
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Anyone know anything about aluminum Rossins?

Now that the 'new' Rossin RL is on the road, I'm toying with a thought, but know nothing about the frames themselves, so I'm hoping that someone in the group would have some information.

The newest (chronologically) bike in my collection is an apparently stock early 90's Diamondback Expert, given to me (free!) by one of my longstanding customers, in good condition. Nothing particularly special about the bike, Shimano RSX 7x3-speed (it's my only briftered bike), Tru Temper frame, but it is a pleasant ride. I normally use in in the place of my Rossins during the winter because it's got clincher wheels. I refuse to deal with Tubasti in below 50F temperatures.

Occasional forays onto eBay has me coming up with aluminum Rossin frames, some I wouldn't touch, some seem to be in good condition. They're all European sales, so I assume the bike was never imported into the US. Given my fixation on Rossins, I'm seriously tempted to pick up one of the better frames, transfer all the Diamondback components over to it, and sell the Diamondback frame.

Does anyone here know anything about these frames, or have any personal experience with them? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

And yeah, I'm entertaining all this work and expense to replace a perfectly good 'off-brand' with another Rossin. Even though it's probably nowhere near as good as the three steel Rossins I currently own.

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