The Ross Bicycle’s family legacy dates all the way back to 1940. That was the year Albert Ross launched “Ross Galvanizing Works.” The company originally was in the business of manufacturing pipes, ammunition boxes, fittings, and galvanizing the U.S Military’s ships for World War II.
In 1946, when World War II had ended, Albert wanted to pursue his passion for cycling and start manufacturing bicycles, so he changed the name to “Chain Bike Corp” and went to work. He started producing and designing the best bicycles he possibly could. From 1946-1960, all types of wheeled goods and products were manufactured by Albert Ross’s Chain Bike Corp. The corporation was a huge success.
The love for bicycles runs generations deep in the Ross family. Albert’s son, Sherwood Ross, born April 1921 followed in his father's footsteps and became a brilliant engineer, eventually becoming the president of Chain Bike Corp and Ross Bicycles Inc. Sherwood, or as we called him “Jerry” manufactured bicycles for many years and re-invented all types of wheels over his career running ROSS. He was a great man and contributor to the cycling industry. He held several bicycle-related patents, became President of the Bicycle Institute of America and the Bicycle Manufacturing Association.
Ross manufactured over 20 million bicycles over the years and developed several disciplines to manufacturing bicycles while capturing different markets along with industry trends that are still being used to this day. In 1968, Ross created the “Marlin” with a console stick shift and the Barracuda Beast with a Futura sports car steering wheel. We were known for constantly pushing the limits for what was possible out of a bicycle.
Randy Ross, Sherwood’s son, our current President is the 3rd generation of the Ross bicycle family. It’s no surprise, that Randy naturally developed a passion for cycling and the family business as a child. In 1982, Randy became Vice President at Ross Bicycles Inc under Sherwood Ross and had a vision for manufacturing big-wheeled bicycles. The whole cycling industry; including his father Sherwood, thought he was crazy and that big-wheeled bicycles wouldn’t work. That was the year Ross debuted the first-ever mass-produced mountain bike. There is always a difference of opinion in the cycling industry about who invented the mountain bike, but there’s one thing that is a fact; Randy Ross and his team at Ross were the first to ever mass-produce the mountain bike. It was in those years, Ross had officially solidified themselves as pioneers and innovators to the sport of Mountain Biking.
Shortly after producing the first mountain bikes, Randy launched the first factory-sponsored professional mountain bike race team, the Ross Indians. The Ross Indians are known to be the first mountain bike race team in existence. To this day, Randy Ross is well known in the cycling industry and highly respected for his contributions to the sport of mountain bike racing. From 1946-1989, Ross Bicycles became one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world. The bicycles were American Made, quality, and sold all over the country. The company was always successful with its bicycle division.
Presently, Randy Ross and his son Shaun Ross, the 4th generation of the Ross Bicycles family, along with their investors and bicycle industry veteran staff, have embarked on the path to resurrect the brand ROSS along with their new brand W.A.R, which has already launched on WarBikes.com in early 2020 and sold out almost instantly solidifying W.A.R as another high-performance bicycle brand created by the Ross family.
Below are some great memories, videos, AD’s, articles and images of old Ross bicycles manufactured from 1946-1989.
Get to know the Ross family a little more. In this gallery you’ll find photos of promotions, events, old Ross Bicycles and some amazing memories of times spent with the Ross family.