Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Road Test/Bike Review (1990) SEROTTA Davis Phinney

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Road Test/Bike Review (1990) SEROTTA Davis Phinney

Old 09-13-21, 12:48 PM
  #1  
SpeedofLite 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
SpeedofLite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Henderson, NV, USA
Posts: 1,399

Bikes: Litespeed (9); Slingshot (6); Specialized (2); Kestrel (2); Centurion (3); Cervelo (1); FELT (1); Cannondale (1); Fuji (1); Trek (1)

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 319 Post(s)
Liked 1,018 Times in 460 Posts
Road Test/Bike Review (1990) SEROTTA Davis Phinney





__________________
WTB: Slingshot road model (1990s era; 18" L or 20" XL frame size)
WTB: Slingshot promotional documents (catalog, pamphlets, etc).
WTB: American Cycling May - Aug, Oct, Dec 1966.
WTB: Bicycle Guide issues 1984 (any); Jun 1987; Jul, Nov/Dec 1992; Apr 1994; 1996 -1998 (any)
WTB: Bike World issue Jun 1974.












SpeedofLite is offline  
Likes For SpeedofLite:
Old 09-14-21, 06:38 AM
  #2  
thinktubes 
weapons-grade bolognium
 
thinktubes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Across the street from Chicago
Posts: 5,699

Bikes: Battaglin Cromor, Ciocc Designer 84, Schwinn Superior 1981

Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 762 Post(s)
Liked 1,112 Times in 504 Posts
105 seems like an odd group choice. Wonder home many of these frames are in the wild.
thinktubes is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 08:28 AM
  #3  
Erzulis Boat
3rd Grade Dropout
 
Erzulis Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Santa Barbara Calif.
Posts: 1,433
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 200 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 96 Posts

I have the non "budget" iteration of the frameset (also in SLX) and although the workmanship/straightness is the best that I have ever seen in lugged steel, it is also the least lively and "dead" frameset that I have encountered.

Left chainstay has the curve and all.
Erzulis Boat is offline  
Likes For Erzulis Boat:
Old 09-14-21, 11:13 AM
  #4  
velomateo
Senior Member
 
velomateo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: California
Posts: 803

Bikes: ‘86 Mike Walton, '87 Serotta Colorado,'96 Moots VaMoots, Bertoni MAX

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 51 Posts
Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post

l.
That frame has some serious patina. Is that a 55?
velomateo is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 11:17 AM
  #5  
Erzulis Boat
3rd Grade Dropout
 
Erzulis Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Santa Barbara Calif.
Posts: 1,433
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 200 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 96 Posts
Originally Posted by velomateo View Post
that frame has some serious patina. Is that a 55?
56 ctc
Erzulis Boat is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 11:26 AM
  #6  
velomateo
Senior Member
 
velomateo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: California
Posts: 803

Bikes: ‘86 Mike Walton, '87 Serotta Colorado,'96 Moots VaMoots, Bertoni MAX

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 51 Posts
Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post
56 ctc
Darn…I’m local, wouldn’t mind taking that off your hands - but alas I’ve sworn off the 56’s now and stick to 55’s. I currently have a 55 Colorado, but it’s not without it’s issues. Cool frame you have there, love the sun fade.
velomateo is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 11:53 AM
  #7  
Erzulis Boat
3rd Grade Dropout
 
Erzulis Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Santa Barbara Calif.
Posts: 1,433
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 200 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 96 Posts
Originally Posted by velomateo View Post
Darn…I’m local, wouldn’t mind taking that off your hands - but alas I’ve sworn off the 56’s now and stick to 55’s. I currently have a 55 Colorado, but it’s not without it’s issues. Cool frame you have there, love the sun fade.

Too late! looks like this now.


Last edited by Erzulis Boat; 09-14-21 at 11:56 AM.
Erzulis Boat is offline  
Likes For Erzulis Boat:
Old 09-14-21, 12:31 PM
  #8  
SurferRosa
Señor Member
 
SurferRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 4,826

Bikes: Old school lightweights

Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1982 Post(s)
Liked 2,332 Times in 1,268 Posts
Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post
Too late! looks like this now.
Still feel "dead" with that nice new paint and rebuild?
SurferRosa is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 12:52 PM
  #9  
Chinghis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Southern California
Posts: 357

Bikes: Historical: Schwinn Speedster; Schwinn Collegiate; 1981 Ross Gran Tour; 1981 Dawes Atlantis; 1991 Specialized Rockhopper. Current: 1987 Ritchey Ultra; 1987 Centurion Ironman Dave Scott Master; 1992 Specialized Stumpjumper FS

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 144 Post(s)
Liked 93 Times in 60 Posts
Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Still feel "dead" with that nice new paint and rebuild?
Hah, yeah, that's kind of my question, too. That's a sweet looking paint job. Kind of looks like a fishing lure, but I've been on a fishing kick lately, so could just be me.

Sad to hear it feels "dead" though. I've always kind of wanted a Serotta.

Eidt: Oh, and thanks for making me look up Davis Phinney. I started reading the article and thought, "Gee, wonder what he's up to these days?" Now I see that he has Parkinson's disease, and a Foundation for it. Kind of a downer, but great to see that he's tackling it.
Chinghis is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 12:56 PM
  #10  
Ronsonic 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sunny Tampa, Florida
Posts: 1,533
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 97 Post(s)
Liked 42 Times in 34 Posts
Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
105 seems like an odd group choice. Wonder home many of these frames are in the wild.
That era's 105 was just an amazingly well dialed in group. I just installed one and although the paint / powder coat / whatever finish isn't as pretty as the higher, anodized and polished groups I believe it works as well as anything with indexed DT shifters ever did. The brakes are excellent.

Great budget choice until brifters became mandatory on the market.
Ronsonic is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 01:20 PM
  #11  
DMC707 
Senior Member
 
DMC707's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Oklahoma City
Posts: 4,581

Bikes: Too many to list

Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1183 Post(s)
Liked 519 Times in 351 Posts
Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
105 seems like an odd group choice. Wonder home many of these frames are in the wild.
Keeping the price down to $1200 bucks for a complete bike -- A frameset alone in those days wouldve cost almost that much
DMC707 is offline  
Old 09-14-21, 02:13 PM
  #12  
Erzulis Boat
3rd Grade Dropout
 
Erzulis Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Santa Barbara Calif.
Posts: 1,433
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 200 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 96 Posts
Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Still feel "dead" with that nice new paint and rebuild?
It has a little help (dead feel) with the very stiff wheelset, but it's not a bad "dead", rather smooth but without any liveliness. It feels like my track bike in that regard.
Erzulis Boat is offline  
Likes For Erzulis Boat:
Old 09-14-21, 02:35 PM
  #13  
Mr. 66
Senior Member
 
Mr. 66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 1,930
Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 599 Post(s)
Liked 524 Times in 342 Posts
I guess I'm relegated to riding on the back seat of a Fiat.
Mr. 66 is online now  
Old 09-14-21, 06:39 PM
  #14  
thinktubes 
weapons-grade bolognium
 
thinktubes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Across the street from Chicago
Posts: 5,699

Bikes: Battaglin Cromor, Ciocc Designer 84, Schwinn Superior 1981

Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 762 Post(s)
Liked 1,112 Times in 504 Posts
Originally Posted by Ronsonic View Post
That era's 105 was just an amazingly well dialed in group. I just installed one and although the paint / powder coat / whatever finish isn't as pretty as the higher, anodized and polished groups I believe it works as well as anything with indexed DT shifters ever did. The brakes are excellent.

Great budget choice until brifters became mandatory on the market.
Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Keeping the price down to $1200 bucks for a complete bike -- A frameset alone in those days wouldve cost almost that much
Yeah - I missed that it was a price-point bike. And yeah, those 105 brakes are good. I have them on my Battaglin and like them a lot.
thinktubes is offline  
Old 09-15-21, 04:37 AM
  #15  
velomateo
Senior Member
 
velomateo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: California
Posts: 803

Bikes: ‘86 Mike Walton, '87 Serotta Colorado,'96 Moots VaMoots, Bertoni MAX

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 51 Posts
Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post

Too late! looks like this now.

Nice. Great build, I really like how you have it geared. Did you add the long cage to that DA derailleur, or is that original?
velomateo is offline  
Old 09-15-21, 08:29 AM
  #16  
Erzulis Boat
3rd Grade Dropout
 
Erzulis Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Santa Barbara Calif.
Posts: 1,433
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 200 Post(s)
Liked 185 Times in 96 Posts
Originally Posted by velomateo View Post
Nice. Great build, I really like how you have it geared. Did you add the long cage to that DA derailleur, or is that original?
Original and pretty rare Dura-Ace medium cage. I am running a semi-compact Sugino crank setup.
Erzulis Boat is offline  
Old 09-15-21, 09:44 PM
  #17  
vascoboy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 127
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 9 Posts
w shimano 600 ultegra groupset


My 1st road bike; has newer drop bars since pix…i remember a vid of Durianrider (i think thats his name) showing all of his bikes; but serotta dp was the one he paused to talk about the most…
vascoboy is offline  
Likes For vascoboy:
Old 09-16-21, 07:47 AM
  #18  
rccardr 
aka: Dr. Cannondale
 
rccardr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 6,624

Bikes: Lots. Just...lots.

Mentioned: 187 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1585 Post(s)
Liked 1,054 Times in 500 Posts
Bought this about 10 years ago from Big Bossman, if my memory is correct it was an '87.
Gorgeous bike but was never able to get really comfortable on it despite trying several different groups, saddles, bars, stems, etc.
Could probably do a much better job of fitting it today, we've all learned so much over the past decade.

__________________
Hard at work in the Secret Underground Laboratory...
rccardr is offline  
Likes For rccardr:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.