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Old 11-09-09, 08:00 PM
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Did Ross make any decent bikes?

Someone near me is selling a "Ross Professional Super Grand Tour" on the cheap, apparently it was "ridden very little". It has a huge frame, but I rememer hearing that these came with a Shimano 600 group. I am thinking of picking up the bike to strip the components (if in fact it has the 600 group). Are these special and I shouldn't consider harvasting it or is it fair game?

Any thoughts?

I asked the seller for close ups of the crankset and derailleurs and this is what I got...

That looks like a 600 crankset to me.
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I thought that I had heard there were some pretty poor Ross Professionals. By poor, I am referring to the tubing which was low to mid range. I don't know about the components. As for yours, I don't know. I've never owned one myself. Why not search the forums here? I'm sure you will find some info.

As for the title, I have heard that there are some really nice Ross bikes. The Signature line comes to mind. Search for that too.

Here is something about a Professional.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...highlight=ross
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Old 11-09-09, 08:08 PM
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I would think that bike would be fair game to harvest the parts. Maybe build it back up with lower end stuff - I am sure it would make a fine neighborhood/campus sort of ride.
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Yes, I have seen some fairly low end Ross bikes sporting a Shimano 600 arabesque group. The downtube shifters on that one look very promising.

They made some other nice models too. The signature line was pretty nice.
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I have had a couple of these......one was Ishiwata 022 with 600 Arabesque......the other was 4130 and also had 600 Arabesque. Both were 63cm so I parted them. The Ish 022 are of decent quality and I have been told they are rare.....though I have seen 3 or 4 pop up on Chicago CL this past summer. I think there is good value in them either way.
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I have one just like the photo. Beautiful components on a heavy low-end frame. But... it's also a very nice riding frame IMO and will certainly make do until something better comes along. It would make an excellent beater frame or winter bike or whatever. I wish mine was a bigger size like that one.
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I hate going into Ross with my wife
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Oh, one other thing. They don't use a "standard" stem diameter. It's that smaller size 21.15mm or something.
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The Super Gran Tours are pretty nice bikes (for an American bike).

These were the top of the line for Ross's assembly line bikes. If it's cheap you have nothing to lose.
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I hate going into Ross with my wife
Huh?
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Huh?
https://www.rossstores.com/
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This guy has been riding his Ross for over twenty years.

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I believe that... it looks like he is carrying about 30 years worth of soda
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I have an old Ross someone gave me. It has 600 ex parts. The frame is so low end that ( huffy) i just assumed that the parts were not original. After reading through the posts maybe they are original.
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Like mkeller234, I've run across this exact bike. A super sluggish frame inexplicably gussied up with Shimano 600 Arabesque.
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empty cups,clothes pins,bamboo stick?Is this what happens too you when you ride too many years?
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I had a Ross Professional Gran Tour II from '80-'85. I bought it in a pawn shop, on a whim, one day. I got lucky, it fit me like it was built for me. At the time I bought it I knew nothing about bikes at all. I rode that bike in a touring configuration (front & rear racks and panniers) for five years on a daily basis. I didn't have a car or a license. I had no complaints with it.
I still kick myself for letting my ex talk me into getting rid of it.
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My Ross is a Super Gran-Tour. With a sticker that says High Tinsel Double Butted tubing? It has pressed steel dropouts & no derailler hanger. 600 brake calipers, crank, shifters & derailers. Safety brake levers of some type.
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Same as mine.
These photos are before I cleaned it up and replaced the cables and tires, etc.
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It's cool to know the story, I never considered the parts to be original. My decals are a bit different. It only says Ross on the down tube. The Super Gran-Tour decal is much smaller that yours. What the heck is double butted Hi-Ten tubing?
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Ross Aristocrat, Ishiwata 024 tubing, Shimano 600 arabesque group

Suntour drops on the frame, IIRC. Very nice frame, in a sport/touring kinda geo.

If it doesn't rain, maybe I'll ride it on the morrow.
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I bought a clean example of this exact bike specifically for the 600 Arabesque parts group. Had the 600 cranks with the one-key release and Hatta bottom bracket. Also has 600 brakes and levers, Shimano hubs and Araya rims. The frame as others said is solid but unspectacular.

I put the entire parts group (minus the nice alloy seatpost) and wheelset on my Lotus Excelle frame and turned the Ross frame into a single speed.

I met a guy this summer who'd been riding a similar Ross with the same parts group for over 25 years.

If it's cheap, buy it now.
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Just had a friend pick the bike up for me. Seller said there were several people interested in the bike but that she would honor the $25 she had agreed to sell it to me for. I'm very excited for it but I won't be home until Saturday so my excitement must wait.

I also got confirmation that it has the 600 group, hopefully it will all be in nice shape
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25 bucks. DAYAM.
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