I'm looking for some older Italian steel, and I have a couple of possibilities that I want to consider based on my research on the web... let me tell you what I am looknig for.
I have a Klein Quantum fram from the early 90's and I feel that I would prefer a bit more relaxed geometry, a little more 'road' and a little less 'crit' in the feel. A bike that will run on rails a bit more. My research seems to indicate that many of the Italian frames of that time are more to that geometry, but there is almost universal support for a more comfortable geometry in a bike like a De Rosa and even moreso probably a Merckx. A Colnago and others less so.
So... I'm on the hunt for a vintage De Rosa, but I want to unerstand a bit more about what the models were back then so I know what I am looking at.
It seems that they made a Neo Primato and Nuevo Classico in the late 90's and I'm not sure what other models. Looking at the two in today's catalogue, they appear to have precisely the same geometry specifications, but some of the other build specifications are slighty different. Can anyone tell me if there are any real handling differences among the various models of De Rosa bikes?
I have a possible lead on a late 90's Nei Primato frame anf fork that is the right size (54) but it has a factory carbon fibre fork. I've seen a few comments by people on the web to get one with a steel fork, so I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what the issue is with the CF fork from the time, other than it doesn't have the classic Italian handbuilt cachet?
The frame and fork I'm looking at looks a lot like the De Rosa in this posting (just found on the web to show an example of the CF fork):
Can anyone hazard a suggestion of the fair market value of a f/f in good condition?