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Old 04-12-06, 10:11 PM
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Rossin Bikes

I have just come across an older Rossin bike. I am looking for information on the manufacturer, and the models. The only reason I know this is Rossin is that there is Rossin cast into the top of the seat stay bevels near the seat tube. Other than that, there are no markings or decals. It is just painted a bright red color. Can anyone provide any info on this bike? It has campy drivetrain and brakes, steel lugged frame. I don't know if this is an old bike or not so I am taking a chance that someone here has some info., or can direct me somewhere.
Looked for some threads on this but didn't find much. Any help would be appreciated.
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Search the archives at www.bikelist.org in Classic Rendezvous. My impression is that they made some very nice bicycles.
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s70rguy has 2 Rossin's iirc. he really likes those bikes.
I'm sure he will chime in at some point.

Classic Rendezvous also has some info on Rossin.

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Originally Posted by bigrider
I have just come across an older Rossin bike. I am looking for information on the manufacturer, and the models. The only reason I know this is Rossin is that there is Rossin cast into the top of the seat stay bevels near the seat tube. Other than that, there are no markings or decals. It is just painted a bright red color. Can anyone provide any info on this bike? It has campy drivetrain and brakes, steel lugged frame. I don't know if this is an old bike or not so I am taking a chance that someone here has some info., or can direct me somewhere.
Looked for some threads on this but didn't find much. Any help would be appreciated.
And Lotek said: 's70rguy has 2 Rossin's iirc. he really likes those bikes.
I'm sure he will chime in at some point.'

Well, actually I have four (4!). Yes, it got out of hand. This is the info I have.
Catalogues: https://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/rossin/
My Rossins: https://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/Freeks-racefietsen
Pro-Teams that rode on Rossin: https://www.sini.nl/cycling-history.c...arch=team&fc=R (scroll down a bit)

7-11 used the Rossin for their 1983 team. Mario Rossin worked for Colnago in the early 70s. He left in 74, to start his own business, just across town from Colnago.

What I like about Rossin frames is their straightforwardness, and the way they ride, if the right size. It's not a criterium bike, so much is certain, but for an Italian bike it's very responsive and agile.
If you want decals, try banana brain on ebay.
I don't consider them exquisite frames, just well built and well riding. Maybe that's why they supplied so many pro teams in the early 80s.

Here's a pic of Hennie Kuiper and Bert Oosterbosch in the Trofeo Baracchi 1982 (two-up time trial, 100 km?). They were on their way to win that year, but Bert had neglected to eat and so Hennie had to ride in front for the last 25 kms. They got second if memory serves, by not a very big margin.

Edit: yes, I'm correct here. The margin was 24 seconds! It was won by some other favorites of mine: Daniel Gisiger and Roberto Visentini.
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I especially like the Rossin Mondarian bikes
(which s70rguy has one), but then I'm partial to bikes
with over the top colour schemes (think de Reus).

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I just purchased a Rossin frame, that I've fixed. I love it, but find the steel lugged frame a little soft, the transfer of power from legs to drive train is distorted. I am told that was the attraction, they helped riders develop in training, by being softer, they were softer on riders, not beating them up, and by being a bit softer helped build muscles that were needed when they got on the stiffer frames.

I love the over the top paint, although it has been called "too gay" to ride.

I took the frame, added Sugino track cranks, a Surley 1x1 hub laced to a red ma3 (48x16/18), with the tan Brooks saddle, I replaced the stem with a Salsa stem for the Dedi track bars, it came with Campy head set and bottom bracket, it's a great ride.
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I've got the same frame as naisme's, got it as a freebie from one of my bike club brothers as I was helping him move to SC - it'd been sitting in a dirt floor shed for the last five or so years. No longer had any Campagnolo, was done up with a mixture of late 80's Shimano, and 27" clincher wheels!

I'm slowly redoing it 7400-series Dura Ace, almost got it done. Still need crank arms, front derailleur, and rubber hoods for the non-aero brake levers (or a set of aero levers would be wonderful).

I absolutely adore the bike! It's easily the favorite of the four in my garage. Definitely a confidence inducing frame, I have a wonderful time riding it. So much, that I'm keeping a lookout for a couple of others in 56/57cm. Wouldn't mind having on of the modern ones they're now making, as I decided that I really don't like the 03 Fuji Finest that's my one modern bike.

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Rossin's are quite nice Italian bikes that were popular with the Eastern Bloc National cycling teams.

I know a Latvian guy who worked at Rossin for a few days because they were late filling in the order he was picking up!

If you'd like any details about the factory location or what not I'll ask him, but it will be only after the World Championshps are over in a few weeks.
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The Rossin I'd like to find is a Track frame to go with my Bianchi Reparto Corse. If it is anything like the current frame, but a track geometry it will be a fun ride as well.
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Originally Posted by naisme
The Rossin I'd like to find is a Track frame to go with my Bianchi Reparto Corse. If it is anything like the current frame, but a track geometry it will be a fun ride as well.
I just had the chance to buy a Rossin frame. Sadly it was one of the 24" front 28" rear frames like this one. It was cheap too.....

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I have a Rossin track bike. It's real nice. I can't compare it to my colnago, cause it has bad wheels ATM, but as is, it's still very nice, quick.
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
I just had the chance to buy a Rossin frame. Sadly it was one of the 24" front 28" rear frames like this one. It was cheap too.....

What an insane, sweet ride, it reminds me of a 3Rensho I saw with a "swayed" top bar. Nice, thanks for sharing.
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Here's my '88/'89 Rossin MTB with virtuall 0 miles I just picked up original Rossin decals also

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finally got my rossin track bike to a point I am happy with.

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I've been watching the modern Rossin frame that's currently on eBay (190043701096), but it's only 55cm, a size under what I usually ride. I'm curious as to how good the modern ones are, and hopefully will replace the frame on my Fuji Finest with it.
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so, i too am a little bit in the dark with these frames....check this link to a ROSSIN frame on ebay. the seller says its a MONOC. (confused seller???) its cheap , but its in australia.

https://cgi.ebay.com/Monoc-Alloy-Trac...QQcmdZViewItem
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Thank you for the info about Rossins. I have what I believe to be a mid-eighties 56cm RLX with an SLX frame. I bought it as a frame from a friend in Germany who had it lying around in his basement for several years. I bought for $125 in '90 or '91 and took it home and hung it on a peg for another year. My main ride at the time was a 1983 Pinarello Record 57Cm (c-t) built up with Super Record, later converted to Chorus.

One Sunday afternoon in '91 or '92 I decided to build the Rossin up with my Super Record components and some extra wheels I had. I couldn't believe how well the Rossin rode. Comfortable, good for long distances and not a bad climber either.

It quickly became a welcome change to my Pinarello. Later, I put the Pinarello away to maintain it's like-new condition and road the Rossin. It was originally maroon and white with those horrible stripe/crosshash decals all over it. I had it repainted in '95 or '96 to a white fade into maroon front to back. I also upgraded to a mix of Chorus/Athena components (mainly for the indexed shifting).

I recently pulled my Pinarello "out of mothballs" and started riding it, alternating with the Rossin, until I broke the rear derailleur hanger off mid dropout. I don't think I hit anything - it just broke while riding at 20 mph on a flat road. Soooo, I am looking for a replacement and am considering a NOS Rossin frame from Brick Lane Bikes. Has anyone had any experience with Brick Lane?

Any response would be welcomed. :-)

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Zombie alert. (Let me know if you find a large sized Ghibli...WANT WANT)
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i just had the chance to buy a rossin frame. Sadly it was one of the 24" front 28" rear frames like this one. It was cheap too.....

ouch!!
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I clicked on that WoolJersey link, even thinking "oh great, that site's been gone a long time- It's back"

ugh.


Someone here posted a chrome Rossin- that's left a mark on me.
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I had a Rossin EL/OS frame that had no serial number on it a few years ago. I emailed someone at Rossin and actually got a reply a day later (telling me it was a race team frame). If you contact them you'll probably get an answer. These were my Rossin's, both sold.




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Hi guys, do we have a Rossin specialist here?
2-3 months ago I purchased a very nice Rossin frameset, the seller claimed it is a Ghibli, however, I did not find any similar Ghiblis on the internet. I would be very grateful if you could provide me with any information about this frame since I know only that it is a lugged Rossin steel frame, probably from the early to mid 80s. The frame has 126mm rear spacing, on the bottom bracket there is engraved only a "58" indicating the seat tube length and four holes drilled for the shifting cables + one for the cable guide. It does not have internal cable routing as the newer frames have. The frame is quite light for a steel frame with its 2015grams (fork is 750g approx.), it is supposed to be an SL or SLX, I am not sure. The drops are Columbus. I have already contacted Mr. Chiarini from Rossin bikes as someone suggested earlier on bikeforums, his colleague replied me on his behalf but they did not reply my answer...
The only helpful information engraved on the frame are the following ones: Fork: on the steering tube is engraved RT310, on the front and 58 on the back
Frame: RT 274 COLUMBUS on the left rear drop and 58 on the bottom bracket.
If anyone could help me identifying my frame I would be very grateful!
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It's not a Ghibli as the They have crimped top tube, seat tube, and down tubes as seen below.

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It's not a Ghibli as the They have crimped top tube, seat tube, and down tubes as seen below.
Well, it wasnt hard to find out its not a Ghibli...
Do you have any suggestion what model do I have? IMO the Rossin engraving on the seat stays could be quite important since it does not jump out of the frame as on most Rossin frames but it is engraved. Ive seen such frames but I guess its rarer.
BTW what is that tiny "button" on the lower chromed end of the right seat stay? Ive got it on my frame as well but I dont know what is its purpose..
Thanks!
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Well, it wasnt hard to find out its not a Ghibli...
BTW what is that tiny "button" on the lower chromed end of the right seat stay? Ive got it on my frame as well but I dont know what is its purpose..
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It's used to hang your chain when wheel is removed.
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