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    It's not a Ritchey, but it does start with R

    I've been nothing but smiles all day after getting this. Found it local on c-list, and have done nothing to it except wipe the dust off and clean the chain a bit. It's such a cool bike. I'm guessing it's a '89 Rossin- if anybody knows for sure feel free to chime in. No tubing decal, but I think it's Columbus Max based on the tubing shapes. It has big fat cool looking lugs, and the paint is gorgeous. As far as I can tell it's all original, full M730 XT. Rear tire was switched from a Ground Control to a Specialized Crossroads, unfortunately, but I have a another G.C. I can put on it. Toe clips are gone too, but XT pedals are still there. And the Specialized Lamda S seat is perched on an American Classic post. One thing confuses me- the thumb shifters are both M730, but the front shifter is a white label XT, and the rear is the newer yellow label. Was it normal to spec bikes this way back then?

    Oh, and check out the mission control-esque bar/stem combo.

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    I see you in your seat post quick release. Check the rear derailleur, it may be M732. If it's an '89, it would also have M732 parts. The levers from your photo angle look like M733's. Is your rear spacing 130mm or 135mm? Nice bike, massive lugs!!

    Shifters look to be M732 7 speed and you also have an XT headset which wasn't available with M730.

    Much better pictures. I understand now.
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    Awesome. That is such a cool bike. Fantastic find!

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    Bike was upgraded from 6 to 7 speed.

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    Wow - super clean. Yep, Columbus ovalized tubes. One of the finest tubesets ever. Love that lug work. Very nice score indeed.

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    great bike!

    yeah, Columbus Max OR tubing. It dents easily. Looks like an 87 withsome upgrades.

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    Very very nice pick up!
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    Thanks guys! I just double checked the Shimano bits, and everything is M730, even the mis-matched thumbies, with the exception of the rear hub, which is M732. So yeah, brake levers, rear derailleur, cranks, shifters, etc, all M730.

    Here's more photos. Check out the chromed chain stay and dropouts.

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    I am so jealous.

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    Very nice! Thats the only other Rossin I've seen. This is mine, virtually NOS, The tubeing is different, I believe this is a early '89 Marathon but it has a XT 6 speed componets.





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    Quote Originally Posted by kb11
    Very nice! Thats the only other Rossin I've seen. This is mine, virtually NOS,

    I've chosen to forget how I let that one escape from my garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    I've chosen to forget how I let that one escape from my garage.

    Oh ya, almost forgot, thanks
    "I think it is heavy and often stupid and doesn't work as well as Shimano, but I keep using it. -- NG

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb11
    Oh ya, almost forgot, thanks

    haha. actually I really did forget how it transpired. It first went to mwr and then to you, right? It was painful is all I remember.

    Very nice choice on the saddle, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Bike was upgraded from 6 to 7 speed.
    I was confused because both shifters say M730- on the mounts. When the bike was upgraded from 6 to 7 speeds the original m730 mount was kept and the M732 shifter installed onto it. That explains it. Took me a while to figure it out for some reason.

    And I guess I need to find a '87 Rossin catalog.

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    Here's a '88 Rossin catalog scan

    "I think it is heavy and often stupid and doesn't work as well as Shimano, but I keep using it. -- NG

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    And I guess I need to find a '87 Rossin catalog.[/QUOTE]

    I'd bet yours is an '89. The '88 and probably '87 had U-brakes/ different stems. Could be the new for '89, XTII componets didn't make it to Italy in time.
    "I think it is heavy and often stupid and doesn't work as well as Shimano, but I keep using it. -- NG

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    RC Haletts was a cool bike shop over here in Albuquerque. R.I.P. Neat bike...
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