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Ross MX-Time

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Classification Details

Brand Ross
Model MX-Time
Genre Race
Class N/A
Country of MFG Japan
Year of MFG 1982
Finish Original
Condition Used Very Good

Core Structure

Frame Ross MX-Time (made with Ishiwata tubing)
Fork Ross MX-Time (made with Ishiwata tubing)
Handlebars Win Pro
Stem SR MS-423
Headset Tange
Gyro N/A

Wheel Details

Front Hub Suzue sealed
Rear Hub Suzue sealed
Mag Wheel N/A
Rim Araya (20 x 1.75)
Front Tire Cheng Shin (20 x 1.75)
Rear Tire Cheng Shin (20 x 1.75)
Spokes N/A

Divetrain Details

Cranks Takagi Tourney AD (170mm)
Pedals Suntour XC-II braced
Pedal Cage N/A
Chain KMC
Sprocket Takagi 44T
Spider Takagi
Bottom Bracket N/A

Seat Details

Seat Post Clamp Tange SC-2
Seat Post Generic cro-mo straight
Seat Araike Jaguar
Seat Cover N/A

Brake Details

Brake Front Dia-Compe 1020
Brake Rear Dia-Compe 1020
Brake Lever Dia-Compe Tech 2
Brake Cable Rampar
Brake Shoes Dia-Compe

Miscellaneous Details

Grips Tange
Pad Set N/A
Number Plate N/A
Decals N/A
Other Dropout savers (Joe Buffardi specials)

Additional Notes

So here’s my Ross MX-Time, a short-lived but high-spec model with quality, Japanese components. There is a good test on the bike in the July ’83 edition of BMX Plus, and a picture of one adorns the front cover. This particular frameset was found as a complete bike, which matched the spec of the bike in the BMX Plus test. Subsequently parted-out, I grabbed the frameset and 3-piece Takagi crankset, and had them shipped back to their homeland. The frame was made in Japan in September 1982 using Ishiwata tubing, which was also used for the first batch of Skyway T/As and the Procraft Ultima. It has oval tubing and similar droputs to a Laserlite, which is no surprise as Tokyo Kogyo also made some of the earlier Kuwaharas, including my ’83 Laserliite, as denoted by the T-serial. What sets this frame apart is the Redline-esque small gusset behind the bottom of the headtube. The overall condition of the frame is lovely and the welds are excellent. Likewise the bologna cut forks.

So with most of the og parts gone and no desire to go for factory-spec, I decided to build up the bike with a mixture of largely Japanese-made parts, in keeping with the spirit of the original spec, though with a few concessions to get the bike up and running. Hope you like it!