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New to the forum I'm mainly a balloon tire guy and don't know much about these early Mountain bikes. I'm trying to identify this early 80's Ross bike Serial #018476043.This bike belonged to my best friend back in the 80s-90s. As long as I can remember he was always into road & mountain bikes. He was killed in a car wreck in 97 and his 2 mtn bike have been in his wife/widows basement since then. He also had a mid 80s Specialized Hard Rock, but this was his pride and joy. It's very dirty from 25 years in the basement, and looks like it was road hard and put away wet literally. But I am going to try to clean service and get it back on the road. From what little I have found so far there was a Force 1, Mt. Hood, Mt. Washington, and other Mt. named bikes, but I haven't figured out how to determine the difference or find a serial number chart. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Looks like a Mt Hood.
 

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Well I started the tear down and cleaning, and have already found 2 date stamped parts. The seat post is dated Feb 83 & the Dia-Compe calipers are March 83. After reading through about 20 threads in this forum and finding 2 matches down to almost every component I'm guessing this is an early 83 Force 1 or later year Mt. Hood. I found this quote from a 2006 thread "According to my '83 /'84 /'85 Ross catalogs , the chrome Mt Hood was a '85 model, in '84 it was all black, in '83 Ross released the black "Force One", later to be renamed in mid '83 to Mt Hood due to copyright issues with the "Force One name." I will continue to look for other date stamps on components to verify, but the question now is with dated components in the first Qtr of 83, and knowing that mid year was when the name change occurred. Who knows exactly when it was actually assembled and sold and under which name. So for now I'm just gonna call it an '83 Force 1/Mt. Hood. Same bike, just different names depending on when it was sold.
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Ross frame black with 024, & Hi-Tec markings, gold ROSS lettering & Gold Head Badge.
Sun Tour AG Derailleur & shifters
Dia-Compe brake Calipers and heavy duty brake leavers
UKAI gold anodized rims
 

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Well I started the tear down and cleaning, and have already found 2 date stamped parts. The seat post is dated Feb 83 & the Dia-Compe calipers are March 83. After reading through about 20 threads in this forum and finding 2 matches down to almost every component I'm guessing this is an early 83 Force 1 or later year Mt. Hood. I found this quote from a 2006 thread "According to my '83 /'84 /'85 Ross catalogs , the chrome Mt Hood was a '85 model, in '84 it was all black, in '83 Ross released the black "Force One", later to be renamed in mid '83 to Mt Hood due to copyright issues with the "Force One name." I will continue to look for other date stamps on components to verify, but the question now is with dated components in the first Qtr of 83, and knowing that mid year was when the name change occurred. Who knows exactly when it was actually assembled and sold and under which name. So for now I'm just gonna call it an '83 Force 1/Mt. Hood. Same bike, just different names depending on when it was sold.
So far:
Ross frame black with 024, & Hi-Tec markings, gold ROSS lettering & Gold Head Badge.
Sun Tour AG Derailleur & shifters
Dia-Compe brake Calipers and heavy duty brake leavers
UKAI gold anodized rims
Hi,
It's a 1984 Mount Hood based on serial which starts with a built date of (0184) January 1984. Mt Hood was called in 1983 and 1984 as only early in 1983 were these called Force 1. I believe the model number is on the BB 386 and it it will be followed by its size and color 1925 or 2125 depending if it is a 19 or 21" frame.

Good luck with restoring it. I think the paint is of good quality so it should shine nicely.
 

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Thank you Santuri32 this is the most solid info I have heard so far. I was figuring with the components dated in early 83 the chances were that the bike wasn't assembled until later in the year and thus a Mt. Hood. Deciphering the frame date confirms that. And, yes Model # on RBB is 386-2125, It did measured 21" so I'm guessing the 25 is for Black. It is all cleaning up well. Sure it shows plenty of chips from use and age, but that's OK with me.
 

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Ed's Ross is cleaning up very nicely. I have removed almost every nut, bolt & part that will come off. Cleaned, lubed, and adjusted where needed. Even first time recovering a mountain bike seat (not fun, I'll stick to cruiser seats). So far been able to save almost every original part, except tires/tubes & grip end caps will be new. Waiting for them to arrive for final assembly.

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Ed's Ross is cleaning up very nicely. I have removed almost every nut, bolt & part that will come off. Cleaned, lubed, and adjusted where needed. Even first time recovering a mountain bike seat (not fun, I'll stick to cruiser seats). So far been able to save almost every original part, except tires/tubes & grip end caps will be new. Waiting for them to arrive for final assembly.
Its looking much better....good job!

Some other facts about the bike. The '83 Force 1/Mt. Hood was one of a handful MTB shown on the first Interbike show in September of 1982. The earliest I've seen had a date of October 1982. Some people call their bike year by their frame built year while the correct thing is to call it for the model year IMO. Three frame changes from the Force 1 to yours are: 1) better tubing in yours (Ishiwattta) vs Ross hitensile "AMLITE", 2) filled Ross decal font vs hollow on the Force 1, and 3) not cable guides on the Force 1. The fork was also different. Enjoy your built. There a Force 1 on sale right now but I could not get the built date from the seller.
 

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Well, the first set of tires I ordered for it came about a week ago. I wanted to go with more of a gravel tire than a mountain tire since gravel and paved trails are more common here in Kansas and MO than mountains. Well, I really liked the look of the Surly Extra Terrestrials but kinda under estimated how big a 2.5" tire would be. Front would work, but the rear rubbed the front derailleur when in lowest inside position. So, back to the order board.
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The Holy Rollers I ordered last week came in, so did the new brake pads and end caps. Basically done, just need the weather to warm up now so I can get out and test ride it and make any final adjustments. Then bring on spring so I can hit the gravel trails!
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