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Old 08-17-05, 04:52 AM   #1
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Modern Classic - my new De Rosa (warning: large pics)

Hi all,

Well, got the bike itch once again and decided to have a steel bike built up. I came super-close to building up a Cervelo SuperProdigy (bought the frameset) but decided in the end that a classic-styled frame is what I really wanted. I'm sure the SuperProdigy would have ridden nicely, but it had to go. It was quickly replaced with a 2004 De Rosa Neo Primato in Molteni orange colour. I also wanted to outfit the bike with some classic Campagnolo C-Record parts, while using modern Ergopower shifting (don't like friction, and Campy's Syncro shifting was horrible). Here's the parts build-up.

De Rosa Neo Primato lugged steel frame, carbon blades fork with cromoly steerer
C-Record crankset with 9-speed chainrings
C-Record front derailleur
C-Record Delta brake calipers
Record 9 Ergopower shift/brake levers
Record 8 rear derailleur with 9-speed pulleys
Record C9 chain
Record carbon seatpost
Record headset and bottom
Veloce 9-speed cassette
Campagnolo Neutron wheelset
Vredestein Fortezza Tri-Comp tires
Selle San Marco Regal Girardi saddle
ITM Millenium stem
3A carbon handlebars

Now, just to make it clear, the purpose of this bike is not performance-oriented. This is a bike for my leisurely rides. Strictly emotional and nostalgic. I took it out on its first ride a few days ago and this thing is smooth (maybe the silky tires had something to do with it ). I still need to get used to it as I'm used to riding a Calfee with 650c Zipps (VERY different ride). This is the third steel bike since I began riding many years ago. I have other great rides but this De Rosa is the most beautiful of them all.















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Old 08-17-05, 05:04 AM   #2
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Now THAT is a sweet looking bike!

Love it.
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Okay, I don't venture into the "check out my new ride" threads (mostly because of my insane jealousy! ) but that is one beautiful bike! I really like the mix of old and new. Very cool.
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Old 08-17-05, 05:43 AM   #5
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Very very cool. Love the C Record brakes.
Drool......
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Old 08-17-05, 05:51 AM   #6
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what a beautiful way to start the day. thank you for the bike pr0n!
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Old 08-17-05, 05:54 AM   #7
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Mannnn...that is one sweet ride...nice delta brakes...watch those downhill sections with them

I must say that the Vredestein tyres look great...care to give me a little review of them?
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Old 08-17-05, 05:54 AM   #8
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It looks old school without looking old school, if you know what I mean. Awesome ride.
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Gorgeous bike. Those C-Record Delta brakes are real head turners. Here's some history on them for those that don't already know.

http://www.campyonly.com/roadtests/delta.html

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Gorgeous. Only thing I would change is put sewups on it,
bike like that deserves something like Clement Seta Silks. . .

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dead sexy. you selected the best of everything [from an aesthetic perpective].
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It's awesome. Love the brakes.
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That is bloody beautiful. My Cervelo Prodigy rides really nicely, but I'd swap it in a heartbeat for one of these. Good choice.
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Old 08-17-05, 06:50 AM   #14
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Stunning!!!
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man, that is gorgeous!!!!!!!!
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Absolutely stunning.
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Get the cover plate on the deltas sprayed the same colour as the frame, then YOU can become il Presidente of the OCP club!
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Wow.....$$$$$. Very nice.
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Drool..... Gorgeous bike.
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My sentiments exactly. I've loved the Neo Primato for a long time--and your part selection is perfection. Are you going to ride it or just stand around on street corners soaking up the admiring stares?
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My sentiments exactly. I've loved the Neo Primato for a long time--and your part selection is perfection. Are you going to ride it or just stand around on street corners soaking up the admiring stares?

I am wondering the same thing. How could you risk scratching such a beautiful bike. I just dont think i could pay this much and see it be harmed. I guess that is why I ride steel frame with 105.
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oh man...one of my dream bikes for sure!
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anyone have a towel?
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Nice paint job. And bike.
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