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    1986 Ross Mt. Whitney

This was the first mountain bike that we saved back to put in the museum.  A local customer brought this in to us in the early 1990's and traded it in on a (then) new carbon Trek. The bike was old enough that it had minimal resale value so we just hung onto it.  We had been collecting older balloon tire and Stingray bikes for awhile and always admired the collections of the folks who started collecting those bikes when they were just "obsolete" bikes.  In the early 1980's, you could buy all the Stingray bikes you wanted for $50 and the forward thinking collectors scooped 'em up.  By the time they became popular, collectors had hoarded all the super cool bikes which also increased the prices of the more common bikes.  It is hard to build a large collection when you have to pay the premium prices.  Using this logic, we figured it might be time to start putting back a few mountain bikes.  Some of the bikes that retailed for thousands of dollars when new were selling for a couple hundred dollars which made them affordable enough to collect them.  This bike was very clean and pretty neat looking so it became MOMBAT.org bike #1.     

Ross was one of the biggest names in the early days of mountain bikes and had a nice line of reasonably priced rides.  I have been told that the fillet brazing on these frames was more cosmetic and was applied over top of a TIG welded frame.  Maybe somebody can confirm that story?  The Ross "eyeball" stems were pretty neat and look similar tot he much pricier Cooks stems.  Other than that, this bike uses almost the entire Suntour XC group including front and rear roller cam brakes.

 

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Frame Tange triple butted Cr-Moly, fillet brazed
Fork Unicrown
Rear Shock NA
Rims Araya RM 25
Hubs Suntour XC
Spokes Stainless steel
Tires Panaracer Smoke
Pedals Suntour XC
Crank Sugino LP w/ Cycloid rings
Chain Suntour
Rear Cogs Suntour 6 speed freewheel
Bottom Bracket Sugino
Front Derailleur Suntour XC
Rear Derailleur Suntour XC
Shifters Suntour XC
Handlebars Steel
Stem Ross
Headset Suntour Superbe
Brake set Suntour XC Roller Cam
Brake levers Suntour XC
Saddle Vetta
Seat Post Suntour XC
Colors Red
Size 20"
Serial #   BI6 E02

 

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