I thought I would post my opinion of the new De Bernardi frame I built up. I took it out for a test ride yesterday in 15 degree weather with a wind chill that drops it to -5. Brrr. The bike, itself, handled well and is set up with 73 gear inches and that makes it rather easy to attack the short steep hills in this part of Ohio. The one scary bit was a long decent on a completely iced over road with a local cowboy following to close behind me and the bike starting to fishtail in the icy slush. Sure does make the leather pucker in the Brooks saddle. I just rode it out and kept resistance on the rear wheel without skidding. No unpleasant suprises considering I was riding with slick tread tires(Avocet 23mm). The bike is a very stable handling machine. Not as twitchy and squirrly as the Cinelli. That may be due to the road type fork with the attendant less aggressive steering rake. Altogether a pleasant bike for the money. Not too much road shock is transmitted. My only criticism is the paint job. It is less than perfect what with areas that were not cleaned prior to painting and the attendant sloppy surface underneath the paint. I know that some Italian paint jobs are notorious for this type of problem but it is the first time I have experience it. Probably a fact of life what with the cheaper price of the frame in comparison to others I have owned. Now if I could just figure and inexpensive way to eliminate the hole in the front fork all would be perfect. I may have my torch friend braze it up and touch up the paint. We shall see.