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DeRosa Bikes

Old 08-30-08, 07:15 AM
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DeRosa Bikes

I saw a couple in the classy bike thread and I have to say WOW! Incredible looking frames, are these bikes still in manufacturing? or they old classic frames, they look old but in a classy way. I would love to get my hands on one someday.
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Old 08-30-08, 08:12 AM
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you can usually find them on eBay going for a few thousand dollars.
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It doesn't appear that they produce a lugged-steel frame like you want, but this is pretty sexy:

http://www.derosanews.com/derosa/mod...0-99-02530.jpg
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Old 08-30-08, 11:48 AM
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yeah, they're top notch
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hot.
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A few DeRosas
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Old 08-30-08, 03:02 PM
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my buddy just got a 73 de rosa.
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Sheldon Brown has a nice overview of De Rosa:
"One of the major vintage lightweight race bikes. Many consider the top three to be Masi, Cinelli, and DeRosa. Ugo DeRosa represents the next generation of master builders. His bikes from the late 60's and early 70's are very rare. Bikes from the late 50's to early 60's are so rare that a price estimate isn't even possible. Bikes from around 1970 feature prominent cut-outs in all the lugs, unlike the modern examples with few cutouts. Early models were true hand-worked masterpieces, while the present day bikes have lost much of that flavor. All DeRosa bikes, new or old, do ride wonderfully. The geometry works, and the bikes are very well balanced. By late 70's or early 80's some unexpected flaws became somewhat more regular - gaps in brazing, for instance, are more common than one would anticipate. It really doesn't matter - the bikes still ride great and look pretty awesome too!"

Here is a photo of mine before it was stolen:

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Originally Posted by dddave View Post
my buddy just got a 73 de rosa.

Awesome! out of curiosity where did he get it, or find it. What a treat.
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Originally Posted by TNCLR View Post
Sheldon Brown has a nice overview of De Rosa:
"One of the major vintage lightweight race bikes. Many consider the top three to be Masi, Cinelli, and DeRosa. Ugo DeRosa represents the next generation of master builders. His bikes from the late 60's and early 70's are very rare. Bikes from the late 50's to early 60's are so rare that a price estimate isn't even possible. Bikes from around 1970 feature prominent cut-outs in all the lugs, unlike the modern examples with few cutouts. Early models were true hand-worked masterpieces, while the present day bikes have lost much of that flavor. All DeRosa bikes, new or old, do ride wonderfully. The geometry works, and the bikes are very well balanced. By late 70's or early 80's some unexpected flaws became somewhat more regular - gaps in brazing, for instance, are more common than one would anticipate. It really doesn't matter - the bikes still ride great and look pretty awesome too!"

Here is a photo of mine before it was stolen:

Thanks for the info. Stolen! that sucks. I had my car stolen and my apartment robbed and ransacked. Humans generally suck and I say that as a christian. That was a beautiful bike, I hope you get another one.
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De Rosa still makes some killer bikes. Google it up and check it out.
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http://www.wrenchscience.com/De+Rosa...es/Frames.html
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Originally Posted by SingleSpeeDemon View Post
It doesn't appear that they produce a lugged-steel frame like you want, but this is pretty sexy:

http://www.derosanews.com/derosa/mod...0-99-02530.jpg
Wrong, they still do a lugged steel model, Neo Primato in track and road. Frame/fork are around $2K I believe.


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Originally Posted by Adam G. View Post
Awesome! out of curiosity where did he get it, or find it. What a treat.
not too sure, i'll ask him. bad photo, but only one i got yesterday.

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Early 80s Professional, built for the Alfa Romeo/De Rosa team as a winter trainer.



Mid-late 80s Professional SLX.

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Originally Posted by redxj View Post
Wrong, they still do a lugged steel model, Neo Primato in track and road.
Frame/fork are around $2K I believe.
http://wrenchscience.blogspot.com/20...-neotrack.html
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Some old dude on one like this dropped me on an incline today... bastidge lol
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Originally Posted by TNCLR View Post
Sheldon Brown has a nice overview of De Rosa:
"One of the major vintage lightweight race bikes. Many consider the top three to be Masi, Cinelli, and DeRosa. Ugo DeRosa represents the next generation of master builders. His bikes from the late 60's and early 70's are very rare. Bikes from the late 50's to early 60's are so rare that a price estimate isn't even possible. Bikes from around 1970 feature prominent cut-outs in all the lugs, unlike the modern examples with few cutouts. Early models were true hand-worked masterpieces, while the present day bikes have lost much of that flavor. All DeRosa bikes, new or old, do ride wonderfully. The geometry works, and the bikes are very well balanced. By late 70's or early 80's some unexpected flaws became somewhat more regular - gaps in brazing, for instance, are more common than one would anticipate. It really doesn't matter - the bikes still ride great and look pretty awesome too!"

Here is a photo of mine before it was stolen:

I've got the red version of this bike. My friend got it complete on ebay with a record pista grouppo (not quite period specific as the cranks are 151 bcd). That was at least 6 or 8 years ago. I just traded with him for it as it never really fit him that well. Haven't gotten the chance to ride it yet. It needs t be cleaned up and probably will get repainted soon. It won't be my daily bike.
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Here is a buddy of mines mid 80's Columbus SLX De Rosa. He has a Cinelli SC, couple of Eddy Merckx's, newer Steelman and has ridden countless others vintage high end steel bikes (Masi, Colnago, Rossin, Guerciotti, etc.). He always comments the De Rosa is the nicest riding bike he has ever owned or ridden. Ugo De Rosa was a master frame builder. He really wants to find an older EL-OS tubed De Rosa Primato in his size to build up.
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