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Old 05-12-12, 02:20 PM   #1
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Saw A DeRosa Today=Are They Good Road Bikes?

It looked pretty sweet, but I dont know how it stacks up to the big boys, does anyone here own one, or know if they're pretty good?
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Old 05-12-12, 02:49 PM   #2
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The brand perse is a legend. Top quality stuff...
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Not as good as your Lemond.
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rode last year with a guy on a DeRosa.It was a beautiful bike,i asked him where do you take it for service? He just looked at me in disbelief and said i dont let it out of my sight.
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Which De Rosa? I have a Neo Primato as my "just tooling around" bike. Sweet, probably could race it, but it's not set up that way.
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Old 05-12-12, 03:45 PM   #6
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rode last year with a guy on a DeRosa.It was a beautiful bike,i asked him where do you take it for service? He just looked at me in disbelief and said i dont let it out of my sight.
Wut? Are the gruppo and wheels proprietary DeRosa too, serviceable only at certified DeRosa dealerships or it invalidates the warranty?

For goodness sakes, it's just a bike.
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how it stacks up to the big boys
De Rosa is one of the original "big boys."
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Just bought one today. Purchased a De Rosa Rock Racing X-2 Frame/Fork with Nano-Carbon technology. Looks awesome
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I want a De Rosa Merak SOOOOO bad!!!
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BTW, to answer your question, they are very high end Italian frames with a storied legend and race pedigree. Mine was made in Italy, painted in Los Angeles Ca. in Rock Racing colors to the tune of $1k per frame, paint only.

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BTW, to answer your question, they are very high end Italian frames with a storied legend and race pedigree. Mine was made in Italy, painted in Los Angeles Ca. in Rock Racing colors to the tune of $1000.00 per frame, paint only.
Glad you cleared that up and very specific with the decimal point. I dunno, it if was like, $1000.57, I don't think I could swing it.

As for the "nano-carbon" technology, that's marketing rhetoric.
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De Rosa, Colnago, Pinarello, etc... Famous Italian bike making doodz...

But also the De Rosa R848: http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspo...-vega.html?m=1
It's said to be an open mold frame made in China branded as an entry level De Rosa. Doesn't mean it's bad and looks nice too.
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Who has that matt black De Rosa King here? It is pretty much my favourite bike on BF.
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Which De Rosa? I have a Neo Primato as my "just tooling around" bike. Sweet, probably could race it, but it's not set up that way.
Not sure which one, it had bad ass paint job on it an orangey chrome color
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Wut? Are the gruppo and wheels proprietary DeRosa too, serviceable only at certified DeRosa dealerships or it invalidates the warranty?

For goodness sakes, it's just a bike.
To those of us who know how to swing a wrench, the thought of some random hack touching such a nice bit of kit is enough to cause a shudder. When it's all carbon, torque specs really matter.

Guys like me know nobody else gives as much of a damn.

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Glad you cleared that up and very specific with the decimal point. I dunno, it if was like, $1000.57, I don't think I could swing it.

As for the "nano-carbon" technology, that's marketing rhetoric.
Your right, pompous statement, I changed it. And actually Nano tube technology is very real and used in carbon lay-up process's and UD (Uni-Directional) molds. It is of a cross-linked molecular structure which adds thermal and electrical conductivity and adds uber strength.
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DeRosa, Cinelli, Masi and Colnago were the Big 4. Both DeRosa and Colnago (the actual men) built bikes for Merckx back in the day. So far as I know DeRosa has kept control of his name; unlike Masi which are now generic bikes though, from what I hear, a good value. Because of that DeRosas, like Colnagos tend to be highly valued and expensive though the collectors are after the vintage steel frames.
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Your right, pompous statement, I changed it. And actually Nano tube technology is very real and used in carbon lay-up process's and UD (Uni-Directional) molds. It is of a cross-linked molecular structure which adds thermal and electrical conductivity and adds uber strength.
Is uber strength the technical term or just a trade name?
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Thanks Kimmo for clearing that up,could not have said it better.I believe the DeRosa the guy had that i rode with was steel with campy,and was about 1983 model.Looked like new.
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Just bought one today. Purchased a De Rosa Rock Racing X-2 Frame/Fork with Nano-Carbon technology. Looks awesome
I could be wrong, but I highly doubt that is from De Rosa. Rock Racing went from De Rosa('08), Fuji/Kestrel('09) and eventually to their current self-branded framesets from open carbon molds.


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Same here. Actually, a Merak II would be perfect.
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I don't get to see any De Rosa's under normal circumstances, but there are a few that show up on the organized charity rides that I often do. They are definitely great looking bikes, although I am a bit partial to my Colnago.
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Is uber strength the technical term or just a trade name?
German jargon for utmost in strength.
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I commute to work every now and a guy/girl uses a DeRosa, Orbea, or a Colnago to ride to work, same spot/same lock. After 3 months I have yet to figure out who it is. He/she gets in before I do and leaves before I do. All of them look like they ridden hard...
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