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Ross Mt. Hood xc

Old 10-19-05, 08:09 PM
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Ross Mt. Hood xc

I was looking for info on Ross bicycles. Found quite a bit of interesting info here. But wonder if anyone knows anything about this specific model. My husband picked it up at a flea market some years back for $125.00. We were cleaning out our storage unit and thought about selling it and may still.I just got curious about the Iv`e talked to has ever heard of Ross.
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Old 10-19-05, 08:51 PM
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I don't know much either, but my wife and her sister had Ross road bikes as kids. I think they were basically inexpensive, mass-produced, heavy steel bikes sold through major dep't stores at the time (Sears, Monkey Wards, etc.), similar to Huffy. My father in-law likes to say how expensive and nice they were, but expensive to him (and to my folks as well) was maybe $80 in the late 70's when we got our first "real" bikes.

Without knowing how old it might be or what it looks like, I'd have a hard time believing it's worth more than $50, no matter the condition. Depends a lot on where you're located.

Have you used the Search on this forum? It seems there's been a couple of discussions on Ross bikes in the past few months.

Good luck.
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My first mountain bike was a Ross Mt. Hood, black, lugged frame with bullmoose handlebars and gold rims. These were one of the first mass production mountain bikes, mine being a 25" model with a huge frame. It was a great looking bike and great to ride, but the frame was so big (like a road frame) that it was easy to get tangled up in it when crashing. Ross was an east coast company that went out of business; bad for the warrenty. The frame eventually broke at the dropout on the chain side and I retired the bike. Years later someone resurrected the company and I put in a warrenty claim. They gave me a strange cream colored very heavy gas pipe welded kind of thing with chrome unicrown forks and transfered the other parts over.
The bullmoose bars broke, as they tended to do, and now it's happily a single speed runabout, still in service. I have no idea what the bike is worth, but if it's black and gold its one of the earliest mountain bikes and should be collectable in some way shape or form. You might try to get ahold of whoever runs the Mountain Bike Museum in Crested Butte, Colorado and see if they can help you.
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