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Old 08-17-12, 11:22 PM   #1
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Seeking info on '80s DeRosa

Tomorrow afternoon I'm going to view this bike and I don't know squat about De Rosa. The current owner has only had the bike 6 years, doesn't seem to be sure of the model and didn't share any info about the bike's history on the phone or via email (maybe he'll open up in person). My BF/Internet search didn't find sufficient answers or pictures so I turn to the C&V BF experts.

Need help confirming: 1. the model as "Strada Pro"; 2. frame geometry (looks to be about 73 deg STA and HTA); 3. year of manufacture. Any info about the bike is appreciated.

Change the seatpost, dump the computer, clean handlebar tape, spare tubie and away we go.
If purchased, it will get used as a periodic rider and will add the SLX frameset missing from my international grupetto.

Thanks folks - Please help me be more informed before the preview.




Up for sale is a period correct 80's 61cm De Rosa (Strada Pro?) with an SLX tubeset and a Campagnolo C Record group set including Delta brakes. The top tube is 58.5cm. The crankset are 175mm in length. Wheels are Campy hubs laced to GP4 tubular rims with Continental Sprinter tires. It's a great riding bike and should be used more than it currently is. There are a few paint chips but the frame is straight and rides true. The most notable scrape is on the drive side brake stay and exposes the chrome underneath. With the light blue color it helps hide this blemish.
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Tomorrow afternoon I'm going to view this bike and I don't know squat about De Rosa. The current owner has only had the bike 6 years, doesn't seem to be sure of the model and didn't share any info about the bike's history on the phone or via email (maybe he'll open up in person). My BF/Internet search didn't find sufficient answers or pictures so I turn to the C&V BF experts.

Need help confirming: 1. the model as "Strada Pro"; 2. frame geometry (looks to be about 73 deg STA and HTA); 3. year of manufacture. Any info about the bike is appreciated.

Change the seatpost, dump the computer, clean handlebar tape, spare tubie and away we go.
If purchased, it will get used as a periodic rider and will add the SLX frameset missing from my international grupetto.

Thanks folks - Please help me be more informed before the preview.




Up for sale is a period correct 80's 61cm De Rosa (Strada Pro?) with an SLX tubeset and a Campagnolo C Record group set including Delta brakes. The top tube is 58.5cm. The crankset are 175mm in length. Wheels are Campy hubs laced to GP4 tubular rims with Continental Sprinter tires. It's a great riding bike and should be used more than it currently is. There are a few paint chips but the frame is straight and rides true. The most notable scrape is on the drive side brake stay and exposes the chrome underneath. With the light blue color it helps hide this blemish.
Looks like a later 80s Professional.

One of the better climbing bicycles I've ever ridden. Great all day riding comfort when proper fit is achieved.

Need additional pics such as seat stay caps/cluster. Also include fork crowns, bottom bracket area, and drop outs.

Really, these are very nice bicycles. Desirable gruppo and one of my favorite De Rosa colors.

I even like the Sprinter tires/GP 4 wheelset!

A true rider's bicycle. In fact, I am riding mine on an all day ride today.

Big pics please, after the purchase.

Also, bring your tape measure to double check sizing. Many of my biking friends forget to bring one when auditioning bicycles.

edit. I won't get into pricing here, but the asking is very fair for this bicycle if everything checks out on inspection.
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Old 08-18-12, 05:36 AM   #3
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I do not know my DeRosas very well but if this was a 60 I would be next in line behind you. Beautiful bike and I would love to try one of those Croce de Anue groups.

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WOW that's my size. I've always wanted a DeRosa!!!
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On detail... when de rosa changed the badge logo?? That could help to figure it out if that is a respray or is a new bike with the right components or not. That i know of there is not serial number decoding websites like happens with colnagos and serottas for example.
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On detail... when de rosa changed the badge logo?? That could help to figure it out if that is a respray or is a new bike with the right components or not. That i know of there is not serial number decoding websites like happens with colnagos and serottas for example.
You email the serial number to De Rosa.

They respond with simple, direct answers.

Why would you think it is a respray?
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Because the fork doesnt have columbus decals, and because the paint job is not as thick as I have seen in other derosas, but that could mean that the guy who actually painted it in the fatory was good and that they fired the other guys hehehe
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Because the fork doesnt have columbus decals, and because the paint job is not as thick as I have seen in other derosas, but that could mean that the guy who actually painted it in the fatory was good and that they fired the other guys hehehe
I've owned six De Rosas over the years.

Not one of them had Columbus fork decals.

Paint is in great condition on the op's example and doesn't look one bit unusual to me.

I'm riding with a fellow today that has a Professional SLX in the exact same color scheme.

He bought it new when he lived in Treviso, so I'll be happy to ask if it was a custom color.
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Neither of my DeRosa's had 'thick' paint...

TRhe bike is question does NOT have a C Record RD and the freewheel appears to be a Shimano. I dont think the seatpost is period correct.
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Neither of my DeRosa's had 'thick' paint...

TRhe bike is question does NOT have a C Record RD and the freewheel appears to be a Shimano. I dont think the seatpost is period correct.
I think the seatpost would have to go bye bye, but the money you would make from it could go towards a Campy Aero post of some ilk.

Here's one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Campagno...item4169a22a8b

Here's a pic from the ad showing the freewheel and rear derailleur.

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I THINK that's the Chorus rear derailleur, and I actually found that it shifted better than the c-record. De Rosas didn't really have models then, they were just De Rosas. Call it a Professional, an SLX...whatever you want; it's a De Rosa. That one is beautiful and has parts that are worth quite a few dollars. I was never wild about the drive train on that era Campy, but the deltas are really cool and work better than a lot of folks realize (so long as you are OK with thin tires).

Nothing on that bike is screaming respray to me, most De Rosas had thinner paint...so I'm not sure what that comment is about and I've never seen a Columbus sticker on a De Rosa fork. It's a De Rosa - everyone knows the fork is columbus, would someone think it's hi-ten?

I agree with others - sell the post, get an aero campy. If you have a few bucks to burn, maybe a Cinelli stem! Awesome bike - best of luck getting it.
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That is a Croce de Anue RD it is the only one I ever heard of with a operating rod like that. VeloBase boys Velobase!!

http://velobase.com/ViewGroup.aspx?G...4-a05b1e58b328

Also a close look at the Deltas shows them to be CdA as well.

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It is a late 80's Professional with a complete CdA group, other than the C Record crank, and maybe shifters. It is not a repaint. The poster who suggested that clearly hasn't a clue.

The date can be approximated by the seatstay cap logo and the IC brake bridge. I doubt there is a useful serial number on the bike. In the 80's there was liable to be a letter, designating where it was exported to, but no serial number.

Nice bike, worth the price, if the fit is right.
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To the op, just a word of caution.

If you want this bicycle, I wouldn't linger.

I know of folks that are constantly buying these older De Rosas.

Myself included, but I won't touch this one.

I waited on one this last spring and it was a mistake.

A lot of people can see this ad and this post. This De Rosa is priced fairly and likely won't last all that long.
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BG has a MUCH better eye than I have! I can't really tell cda deltas from c-record without seeing them from behind. I don't see the price, but De Rosas are probably the most desired of the 80s Italians and that gruppo has value as well. Anything under $1500 is a VERY good price.

I'm extremely grateful to a former member for helping me get my steel De Rosa - there was a line knee deep for it and he got me to the top of it.

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I think the seatpost would have to go bye bye, but the money you would make from it could go towards a Campy Aero post of some ilk.

Here's one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Campagno...item4169a22a8b
$300..Yikes! I'm glad I have an extra one of those...
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but I won't touch this one.

I waited on one this last spring and it was a mistake.
Why is that?
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If that computer is a period Avocet, don't throw it away as many C&Vers are looking for those for their C&V rides.
Yes, they are simple and basic, compared to modern ones, but tha and their reliabilty is what attract people to it. The Avocet 20 that I bought in the mid 80's for my Peugeot is still on it and has worked flawlessly since.

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Croce d'Aune not Croce de Anue... Asking price seems to be $1200 which seems excellent, I hope the OP didn't hesitate too long on this one.
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Why is that?
Op wants it and I have zero dollars in my bike fund.

Bike is worth quite a bit more than asking.
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That is one dreamy bike. All it really needs is an aero campy post. If you can't find on that is long enough, a miche sypertype will make a reasonable stand in at a fair price.
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Thanks to all for your quick comments.
I know this bike is a fit and I intend to buy if it is all it appears to be in the photos. The seller seems totally legit, just hasn't shown any expertise or enthusiasm for divulging info; sooo.... I have suspected it to have some mystery or secret in its past, that's what I'll be looking for.

Someone commented about no real model names in the 80's but no one mentioned Strada Pro? Where's that name coming from.

One of the draws for me is that I have no vintage Campy, but all my modern roadies are Campy10sp.
And yes, the wheelset is a definate positive as you shouldn't go tubular with only one bike, this would be the 2nd.
Is SLX too light weight for a 200lb rider on a 61cm frame? Honestly, my interest has been stronger for a Merckx with TSX.
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Croce d'Aune not Croce de Anue... Asking price seems to be $1200 which seems excellent, I hope the OP didn't hesitate too long on this one.
I have an appt to view this one in a few hours so I am assuming I'm first in line. No hesitation on my part, cash in hand.
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Is this one worthy of an appeal to DrilliumDude? I think so.

He's sorta local to me but I think he's shipping out soon.
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Thanks to all for your quick comments.
I know this bike is a fit and I intend to buy if it is all it appears to be in the photos. The seller seems totally legit, just hasn't shown any expertise or enthusiasm for divulging info; sooo.... I have suspected it to have some mystery or secret in its past, that's what I'll be looking for.

Someone commented about no real model names in the 80's but no one mentioned Strada Pro? Where's that name coming from.

One of the draws for me is that I have no vintage Campy, but all my modern roadies are Campy10sp.
And yes, the wheelset is a definate positive as you shouldn't go tubular with only one bike, this would be the 2nd.
Is SLX too light weight for a 200lb rider on a 61cm frame? Honestly, my interest has been stronger for a Merckx with TSX.

Weights fine.

I just sold a gorgeous Merckx Century-Team Kelme built from Columbus TSX.

Was a nice bicycle.

Any questions, ask.

I think between three posters here in this thread, we have owned 15-20 De Rosas.

No offense to DD, he's still working on his first.
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