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#1 2017-02-14 3:44pm

MickRich393
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1982 Ross MX-Time

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1982 Ross MX-Time

Not a Piranha or Pantera but an MX-Time!

Being based in Japan, I’m always on the look-out for interesting Japanese-made frames, which usually means from the Tange or Koizumi factories, so when I spotted this for sale on here, I couldn’t resist it! At that stage I knew nothing about Ross Bicycles but in amongst the Piranha and other completes they were better-known for was a short-lived, high-spec model with quality, Japanese components:- the MX-Time! 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. There’s also a great advert from the Feb 1983 edition of BMX Action!! When originally found, the bike was complete and 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 Japan. The frameset 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 dropouts to a Laserlite, which is no surprise as Tokyo Kogyo, who fabricated the frame (as denoted by the T-serial) also made some of the earlier Laserlites (and other Kuwaharas), including my own ’83 version. What sets this apart is the Redline-esque small gusset behind the bottom of the headtube. The bologna cut forks are also very cool! The overall condition of this frame including the chromework and welding is very good. I therefore wanted to do the frameset justice, and with most of the og parts gone and no desire to go for factory-spec, I decided to build 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. Here's the full parts list:- Ross frame and forks made by Tokyo Kogyo with Ishiwata tubing; Takagi Tourney AD cranks (170mm); Suntour XC-II pedals; Win Pro bars; Tange grips; SR MS-423 stem; Araike Jaguar seat; Straight cro-mo seat post (it has the remnants of a Diamond Back decal on it but think it's generic); Tange SC-2 seat post clamp; Dia-Compe 1020 calipers and Tech-2 levers; Rampar cables (made in Japan); Araya rims with Suzue sealed hubs; Cheng Shin tyres (20 x 1.75) with Kenda tubes; KMC chain; Dropout savers (Joe Buffardi specials). Thanks for looking!


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#2 2017-02-26 3:23am

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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

It's 1982/83 I saved up my allowance as a kid and wanted a "real BMX" bike.  Having limits to what I could spend, my dad offered to help me get a bike "directly from Ross" which was based out of Allentown PA (about an hour and a half from our home).  He worked for a trucking company that shipped for Ross.  He could get the bike for a greatly reduced price from retail.  I was in.

He brought home a catalog and I saw the MX-Time, well, it was no longer called the MX-Time, they had changed the name to "The Piranha", it looked almost identical to the MX-Time.  That's what I wanted, it wasn't as cool as a GT, Hutch, or JMC, but it would do for now until I could save and get a better bike in a few years.  My dad placed the order, and I waited, and waited, and waited.....it took FOREVER.  About a month later, I get home from school and the bike is sitting out back.

It was an MX-Time and it had 3 PIECE CRANKS.....3 PIECE CRANKS were the thing of lore back then.  I saw them in mags, but could never afford them, now my bike had them on it!  I was so excited.

Anyway, I made so many changes to that bike over the next few months, utimately ordering a new GT Pro Performer frame with the "new bent downtube" to clear the front brake arm, and then from there a Haro Master F&F from Rockville BMX in 1985.

It's great to see a shining example of the almost-exact bike I had on display here...thanks for sharing!


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#3 2017-02-26 3:41am

MickRich393
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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

Cool story!! I had no knowledge of Ross bitd, so it's great to find out more about them, particularly the elusive MX-Time!

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#4 2017-02-26 8:38am

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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

Cool, never heard of the MX Time.  Ross bikes are very good quality. Many or most are full cromo.

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#5 2017-12-05 12:20am

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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

NICEE. smile


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#6 2017-12-11 12:27pm

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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

Mine's still hanging up in Mom's garage.  Anyone know where I can get the ROSS stickers for the lower tube?  I stupidly removed them as a kid.

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#7 2017-12-11 4:05pm

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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

kearney99 wrote:

Mine's still hanging up in Mom's garage.  Anyone know where I can get the ROSS stickers for the lower tube?  I stupidly removed them as a kid.

Thanks for the comment! Is yours an MX-Time? Not many of these about, so I’d like to see some pics if so. In any case, get it submitted to the Museum! smile

As for decals, I’m not sure if anyone has made copies but I know of people who can. I can take photos and measurements of the og ones on mine if that helps.

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#8 2017-12-30 4:34am

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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

I personally would love to have the photos and measurements if you ever get the chance.


Early '85 Haro Masters are my thing!
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#9 2017-12-30 3:46pm

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Re: 1982 Ross MX-Time

The ad with them standing, I don’t think that bike is the right size for normal riding. I know all my bars come above my waist, unless their giants!


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