Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Anybody know the history of Ross bikes?

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Anybody know the history of Ross bikes?

Old 08-17-09, 08:30 PM
  #351  
Scrape
Newbie
 
Scrape's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the link bpeder, those files have helped me a great deal. My bike is a Mt. Hood for sure and the Model # is the same as under the pic in the catalog. I still have the paper work from the bike shop where I purchased it that had that info in it...never mentioned it being a Mt. Hood though. It's strange that the bike had the signature decal though and I'm kicking myself for not caring more about it at the time. I really don't know what would make it any different than the bike in the catalog but maybe it was just a sales technique. I purchased it in Rochester NY new and made corrections to the info in the catalog file that I took off my bike:



I saw your bike pic in mtbr and it's a little different from mine in a good way...great find! You know from experience also how fun this bike is to ride...that's why I still have it! Besides, the current market can't give me enough money to part with it. I'm older now anyway so it's a good bike for me to cruise around on with the other geezers. LOL
Scrape is offline  
Old 08-28-09, 07:42 PM
  #352  
bpeder
Member
 
bpeder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 31

Bikes: Summer 82 Ross SG Tour IV Winter 85 Ross Mount Hood

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Decals

Scrape, not to worry about your decals. Unless you really want to. I read a comment somewhere about decals that seemed wise to me. "Decals tell the person looking at the bike what to think about it instead of letting the bike speak for itself" When I look at your Mount Hood I think it looks like a beautiful chrome MTB that has been well cared for and is in great shape seeing as it is one of the early MTBs Personally, I love a chrome frame. I took good pictures of my Ross and then peeled the decals. All but the head badge and the tubing decal. I like how it looks better now. Don't let that bike hang up too much ya' hear?...
bpeder is offline  
Old 12-22-09, 10:52 PM
  #353  
daveross
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just unpacked and assembled my latest acquisition - a 1984(?) Signature. Instead of the frame builder's signature on the chainstay, though, it reads "Triad." I'm posting some pics in hopes the sages here can fill me in on this model.
[IMG]file:///C:/bike/DLR%20bikes/Ross%20Signature/thumbnails/tn_Signature%20044.JPG[/IMG]
[IMG]file:///C:/bike/DLR%20bikes/Ross%20Signature/thumbnails/tn_Signature%20027.JPG[/IMG]
[IMG]file:///C:/bike/DLR%20bikes/Ross%20Signature/thumbnails/tn_Signature%20027.JPG[/IMG]
[IMG]file:///C:/bike/DLR%20bikes/Ross%20Signature/thumbnails/tn_Signature%20005.JPG[/IMG]
[IMG]file:///C:/bike/DLR%20bikes/Ross%20Signature/thumbnails/tn_Signature%20001.JPG[/IMG]
[IMG]file:///C:/bike/DLR%20bikes/Ross%20Signature/thumbnails/tn_headbadge%20010.JPG[/IMG]
daveross is offline  
Old 12-22-09, 11:00 PM
  #354  
daveross
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ross Signature Triad - 1984?

OK, let's try this upload image thing again ...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
tn_Signature 027.jpg (32.3 KB, 140 views)
File Type: jpg
tn_Signature 012.jpg (97.1 KB, 144 views)
File Type: jpg
tn_Signature 005.jpg (46.3 KB, 144 views)
File Type: jpg
tn_Signature 001.jpg (95.8 KB, 162 views)
File Type: jpg
tn_Signature 044.jpg (51.4 KB, 137 views)
File Type: jpg
tn_headbadge 010.jpg (60.3 KB, 133 views)
daveross is offline  
Old 05-10-10, 11:51 PM
  #355  
RossEurotour
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Men's Ross Eurotour 1973

25 Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30673301@N04/

This is a model year 1973 Ross Eurotour that I am restoring.


Last edited by RossEurotour; 05-17-10 at 12:37 PM.
RossEurotour is offline  
Old 05-14-10, 06:07 PM
  #356  
neovintage
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have a bike just like this one, I paid $160 at a flea market. to some the price might seam high, but the shimano 105 golden arrow and high quality ishiwata tubing makes this bike well worth it. don't you guys think?
neovintage is offline  
Old 05-15-10, 12:12 AM
  #357  
RossEurotour
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
@ neovintage: which one?
RossEurotour is offline  
Old 06-10-10, 10:02 AM
  #358  
jcmiles
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Posts: 9

Bikes: Jamis Nova, frankenbikes

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hello, I just saved a Ross Mtn bike from the junk pile but I am having a lot of trouble finding information on it.
It says signature on the frame, and also that it is Made in the USA.
But this frame is aluminum, 7000 series tubing.
Does anyone have information on this bicycle?
Just to restore it will be some work I think
It says: Bryce Canyon, Signature Series on the top tube.
jcmiles is offline  
Old 06-11-10, 03:11 PM
  #359  
thetick1959
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mijome07 View Post
Hey McDave, those are some nice looking bikes. Well, I did a little research and found out I have a 1982 Gran Tour. The 2nd best out of Ross' top 3 models. What is the difference between 1020 Hi-tensile and 4130 Chro-Moly steel? This bike is going to need some work. There is rust on the frame, the seatpost is frozen, maybe a new paint job, etc. Still, it was a great find and I am glad I bought it. Thanks a lot guys for this thread. It was very helpful.
I'looking at a grand tour II later for 75.00 cl add says rides nice,good paint.
thetick1959 is offline  
Old 12-02-10, 01:42 PM
  #360  
Roger M
Senior Member
 
Roger M's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Snohomish, WA.
Posts: 2,067
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Excuse me for bringing back an old thread..

I just picked up an old Ross Mt Rainier(minus the wheels). I've been looking for a XL size MTB for a while, and this showed up on CL. It's a big ol' thing, but it looks like a pretty decent built frame with decent components(I think they are original to the frame). I havent found much information on this model, other than one catalog scan from 85. I am guessing mine to be an 84. It has an Ishiwata sticker on the seat tube and the rear dropouts are vertical.

I'm not sure how they measured the frames on these, but the seat tube is 21.5 inches c-c or 23" c-t. It doesnt have the shoulder strap bosses as seen on some of the chrome framed Ross bikes. Everything is in real good shape, only needing a good cleaning, the paint has been touched up at some point and needing more. Not many miles on it, and looks to have been stored indoors(no rust).

If anyone can enlighten me more on this model, I would be grateful. I'll post up some better pictures later, but here are photos from the sellers ad.





Last edited by Roger M; 12-02-10 at 04:36 PM.
Roger M is offline  
Old 12-02-10, 07:06 PM
  #361  
Roger M
Senior Member
 
Roger M's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Snohomish, WA.
Posts: 2,067
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I borrowed the wheels off of my other bike just to get it rolling, unfortunately the tires are a little on the fat side for this frame. Probably going to stick some 1.95 tires that are more road/trail friendly. The fenders will go back on as well. I will get some better daytime pics up when I get some permanent wheels on it.



I haven't ridden it yet, but the bars feel pretty good, as I'm used to straight bars on MTBs. The frame seems to be big enough but the damn seatpost is only about 7-8 inches long... and I would be happier if it were about 1/2-3/4" longer.

Roger M is offline  
Old 12-02-10, 07:19 PM
  #362  
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Posts: 9,553

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount, 84 Nishiki Medalist

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Roger,
That's a great find. Those bars are worth some bucks. You might want to look into the early history of Ross MTBs. You'll find around the time they manufactured your bike they sponsored one of the best mountain bike teams and yes, they rode Ross manufactured bikes, not another brand with Ross decals.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline  
Old 12-02-10, 07:27 PM
  #363  
Roger M
Senior Member
 
Roger M's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Snohomish, WA.
Posts: 2,067
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
Roger,
That's a great find. Those bars are worth some bucks. You might want to look into the early history of Ross MTBs. You'll find around the time they manufactured your bike they sponsored one of the best mountain bike teams and yes, they rode Ross manufactured bikes, not another brand with Ross decals.
Thanks for the info. The guy that I bought it from... he bought it just for the pedals... to put on his vintage BMX bike... then posted the frame on CL.
Roger M is offline  
Old 12-03-10, 12:58 PM
  #364  
Roger M
Senior Member
 
Roger M's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Snohomish, WA.
Posts: 2,067
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I did read up on some of the history. Looking at some old Ross race team photos was pretty cool... I never realized Ross made any bikes that weren't sold at dept. stores.

The bike is done except for tires, although I will be looking for a matching front rack. These tires clear the frame, but trying to get the old feders to clear them is very not doable. I have some 1.95 Crossroads Armadillos that should fit right.

This turned out better than I hoped, and will take over duty as My sons Trail-a-bike(btw,he can reach the pedals now, and is a pretty good stoker).

OK, who frequents this LBS??



I have only ridden it up the street, so I dont have any opinion of it yet, but it fits great and is a stout feeling bike. I'm assuming it is 4130 tubing. I switched the position of the barake levers with the shifters, and the brake lever feel is 500% better this way.




Last edited by Roger M; 12-03-10 at 01:01 PM.
Roger M is offline  
Old 12-03-10, 04:25 PM
  #365  
idiot
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here is my $20 garage sale ROSS
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
ross2.jpg (94.3 KB, 207 views)
idiot is offline  
Old 12-03-10, 04:37 PM
  #366  
roccobike
Bike Junkie
 
roccobike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Posts: 9,553

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Specialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount, 84 Nishiki Medalist

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
That Gran Tour looks really clean. Nice find for $20.
__________________
Roccobike BF Official Thread Terminator
roccobike is offline  
Old 12-03-10, 11:49 PM
  #367  
fuji86
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Flagler Palm Coast, FL
Posts: 1,959

Bikes: 1986 Fuji Allegro 12 Spd; 2015 Bianchi Kuma 27.2 24 Spd; 1997 Fuji MX-200 21 Spd; 2010 Vilano SS/FG 46/16

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_%28bicycles%29

Founded in NY, USA, the first one I knew about was early 1980's a college roommate bought a mountain bike and it was a pretty nice bike. I thought they were a Pennsylvania bike, and the wiki confirms they eventually wound up there.

Last edited by fuji86; 12-03-10 at 11:55 PM.
fuji86 is offline  
Old 12-11-10, 08:47 AM
  #368  
Kobe 
Senior Member
 
Kobe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Schwenksville, Pa
Posts: 2,518
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I have been looking for one of these chromed Ross Mt. bikes for a while. When I found this one on Cl in close to my size I picked it up.

I am not sure what year or model (probably around '86), but a really neat bike. I still need to clean and tune it up, but hear it is in the found state with a little bit of rust.

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

[IMG][/IMG]

I think some bigger(2.1's) tires and bullmoose bars are all that I will change about it.
Kobe is offline  
Old 12-11-10, 10:38 AM
  #369  
Roger M
Senior Member
 
Roger M's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Snohomish, WA.
Posts: 2,067
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Nice find Kobe. It looks like an 86 Mt Hood. I hope to find one exactly like yours to pair up my Mt Rainier. I've only had it for a few weeks, but it is now my favorite bike to ride in this wet season we are having. I like the U-brake feature, which came out on some Ross bikes in 86(I think).


Roger M is offline  
Old 01-23-11, 01:02 AM
  #370  
april.e
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi. I'm pretty amateurish when it comes to bikes, so I apologize ahead of time for my lack of knowledge.
However, the stars aligned and I found a bike being thrown away today (which is lovely because my Schwinn got stolen a month ago). It is a black Ross Armstrong 3-speed that looks a lot like a late 60's Raleigh Armstrong. The logo says ROSS Chain Bike Corporation.
Also, the only mention I noticed in this thread of this type of bike is on page 7 and it is brief at most.
I'm curious about my new treasure!
april.e is offline  
Old 01-23-11, 04:10 AM
  #371  
marley mission
people's champ
 
marley mission's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: joisey
Posts: 1,517
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
my ross

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
rossmixte1.jpg (101.3 KB, 177 views)
marley mission is offline  
Old 05-10-11, 06:49 PM
  #372  
Pwnt
( 8n(|) DOH!!
 
Pwnt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denver
Posts: 851

Bikes: Scattante R670

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I am really excited on this one. This bike was given to me. I've been reading up on it and its not the best tubing (1020) but man this thing is beautiful. I will post more pics when I get it home. Just wanted to share. Sorry its non-drive side.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
IMG00117-20110510-1448.jpg (98.3 KB, 189 views)
__________________
_____________________________________________

I love noodles.

Last edited by Pwnt; 05-10-11 at 06:53 PM.
Pwnt is offline  
Old 06-14-11, 02:04 PM
  #373  
tazzman3sr
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
80's Ross mountain bike

back in the early 80's I had bought my son a 16 or 18 inch ROSS chromolly MOUNTAIN BIKE....it was a perfect replication of the larger adult version ....gearing,shifters,everything that the larger bikes had....I taught him to shift the gears properly and all....he rode with me everywhere....I made the mistake of trading it in on a new larger bike as he out grew it...I was wondering if anyone may know of one of these selling anywhere....it's the only major toy/bike I ever got rid of and have regretted it ever since....would really like to get one for his kids...it would be neat....
any info ......d_bresler@sbcglobal.net

Last edited by tazzman3sr; 06-14-11 at 02:15 PM.
tazzman3sr is offline  
Old 06-23-11, 07:03 PM
  #374  
muniversity
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts


My Ross GT Professional II, Got it for 45? Spent the last two days cleaning it. Not sure what the next step would be after that though.
What are the usual first purchases? I'm thinking of replacing the seat first because its pretty tough on the butt.
And I'm not sure exactly about the components, but the derailers and shifting system is shimano, the handlebar is Sakae Randnner, and the crank is Takagi.
muniversity is offline  
Old 06-23-11, 07:21 PM
  #375  
Amesja
Cottered Crank
 
Amesja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 3,493

Bikes: 1954 Raleigh Sports 1974 Raleigh Competition 1969 Raleigh Twenty 1964 Raleigh LTD-3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This thread will never die :-D

Here's my Big Dumb Mt. Ross:



More pictures here. These old Ross MTB's are good starting points for fun tank projects. Once you get rid of that derailly thingie all things are possible.
Amesja is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.