Yesterday I picked up a possibly even more rare Summit, the Summit Max. I don't think it differed a lot from the RL, but it was yellow instead of white. As you can see from the pic here, this is going to require some work.
There's black hockey tape all over it, which is actually not terrible, because it seems to have spent a lot of time in the sun, so the tape probably helped with the paint fading a little. Also someone has spray painted over the yellow on the down tube and fork. But not all of it - they masked off the Rocky decals.
And it seems like it's maybe been underwater for a while? Every bolt I've tried to loosen has been stuck; the water bottle bolts, the pedals, the headset. I'm really afraid to try the bottom bracket, even though it spins very freely. The seatpost also seems stuck - of course.
Some Internet research says the Max was a special edition of the RL meant for Europe. Some of them I guess never got to Europe and were sold here instead. There's no shop sticker on this, so no help there.
I am this close to cutting the bar and sliding the brake and levers off the other way. I'm not really sure how they're going to come off.
And the best part? Just like the RL, this Summit Max is a 17", so I won't be keeping it. So I guess the question is, how much work do I want to do on a bike I won't ride?
I guess stay tuned to find out.