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Old 07-24-12, 06:24 PM
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Ross Professional Super Gran Tour

Hi - new to the forum. I have a 20 year old mt bike that I ride, but with my son starting to get into biking I was thinking about buying a road bike. As I was complaining about how expensive bikes are nowadays, my wife suggested I simply use her old bike that was hanging in her parent's garage. She said it was a nice bike that she barely ever rode. I was not expecting too much, but curiosity got the best of me so I went to take a look.

To my surprise, it is a pretty big bike. The horizontal top bar gave away it's age - I can straddle it with both feet on the ground, but just barely. Anyhow, it is a Ross Professional Super Gran Tour, made in Allentown, PA. It has Shimano 600 components, Compagnolo wheels, and a Brooks Professional leather saddle. My wife said she was a teen when her dad bought it for her, so I'm guessing it's an '82 or '83 model.

Anyone know about theses bikes? It looks like Ross went out of business. The bike frame is heavy, but it looks really well built.
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That's one of the better Allentown built bikes. It has a weird combination of the tubing of the frame being slightly lower quality but the components being quite good. Something tells me the wheels and saddle are later upgrades, with the saddle being a personal choice that either works, or doesn't, for the individual (I love my Brooks!).

I find I also fit best on bikes that I can just barely stand over.

The thing will probably work well until, and after, the apocalypse.
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Old 07-24-12, 06:48 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I called my father-in-law after reading it. He said he did upgrade the wheels and saddle, so you really know your stuff. He said whoever knew that would be impressed with his made-to-order Schwinn Paramount.
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I bought one of these once. I got it specifically for the very clean Shimano 600 Arabesque group that I put on another frame I liked better. With the Brooks Pro and Campy wheels, this might be a nice 'donor' bike for a more special frame.
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Thanks for the reply. I called my father-in-law after reading it. He said he did upgrade the wheels and saddle, so you really know your stuff. He said whoever knew that would be impressed with his made-to-order Schwinn Paramount.
We would be impressed with his Paramount! Try to get that one from him to ride...

The Ross is a solid bike but like others said, the parts are nicer than the frame. It sounds like it fits you reasonably well, so my suggestion would be to ride it for a while to see if it's something you really could see yourself getting into and then maybe upgrade the frame later.
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