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Old 08-16-15, 02:52 PM
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Which De Rosa is your Favorite?

I had a 1983 De Rosa Professional once. I loved it. It had beautiful pantographed super record and I did something very very stupid. I sold it. I love vintage frames and the aesthetics of vintage components but prefer my modern comforts. I told myself that it should go to someone who would enjoy it for what it was.

Years later I still lust for a De Rosa. I want to start hunting for my grail bike but I don't know which model to search for.

Which De Rosa is your favorite? Pics recommended. Here, I'll start with some bike porn.

1983 De Rosa Professional



You can also tell me that there is NO difference, and I should shut up and build up my beautiful Colnago instead.

Not a De Rosa

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I honesly don't get De Rosa's pricing as they make currently two steel frame & forks. The Neo Primato & Neo Classico the base price is over two thousand bucks with no chrome, and no internal cable routing.

I had a De Rosa in the early 90's it rode nice, but like I said at over 2K fork a plane jane frame & fork ill pass.


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1986 Professional in SLX. Red.


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Originally Posted by TheManShow
I honesly don't get De Rosa's pricing as they make currently two steel frame & forks. The Neo Primato & Neo Classico the base price is over two thousand bucks with no chrome, and no internal cable routing.

I had a De Rosa in the early 90's it rode nice, but like I said at over 2K fork a plane jane frame & fork ill pass.


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Originally Posted by Epicus07
I had a 1983 De Rosa Professional once. I loved it. It had beautiful pantographed super record and I did something very very stupid. I sold it. I love vintage frames and the aesthetics of vintage components but prefer my modern comforts. I told myself that it should go to someone who would enjoy it for what it was.

Years later I still lust for a De Rosa. I want to start hunting for my grail bike but I don't know which model to search for.

Which De Rosa is your favorite? Pics recommended. Here, I'll start with some bike porn.

1983 De Rosa Professional



You can also tell me that there is NO difference, and I should shut up and build up my beautiful Colnago instead.

Not a De Rosa

Hello OP,

just to clarify, are you talking about what older DeRosa to go after, or what new DeRosa model to buy? I don't really know a lot about their current offerings. As far as the vintage stuff, you're probably aware that there really aren't models prior to the 90s. There are track models, road models and the occasional oddball like the aero de Rosas , but basically they're all the same bike. There's SL and SLX. I doubt most people could really tell the difference riding one to be honest.

Personally I'd probably go after an earlier pre-ic lug model, but those are hard to find and $$$. I really like their 90s models when they got into nivachrome...my favorite De Rosa is my EL OS primato.





Originally Posted by TheManShow
I honesly don't get De Rosa's pricing as they make currently two steel frame & forks. The Neo Primato & Neo Classico the base price is over two thousand bucks with no chrome, and no internal cable routing.

I had a De Rosa in the early 90's it rode nice, but like I said at over 2K fork a plane jane frame & fork ill pass.


https://www.wigglestatic.com/product-...000&h=2000&a=7
Could you explain to me how this post did anything to answer the 0P? Was it at all relevant to someone interested in the DeRosa?
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Old 08-16-15, 03:58 PM
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I'd say there is a huge difference between a De Rosa and a Colnago, at least in the more 'vintagesque' models. I prefer the De Rosa.

The Primato is tough to beat.
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Originally Posted by jiangshi
I'd say there is a huge difference between a De Rosa and a Colnago, at least in the more 'vintagesque' models. I prefer the De Rosa.

The Primato is tough to beat.
+1 - nothing alike. Neither is better, it's a preference issue.

Most De Rosa fans have a strong preference for flat fork crowns.
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Definately the red one.
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Isn't there a saying that, as you ride through life, if you stop to smell De Roses, you will get dropped by the pelloton...? That's not quite right... Hmmm.
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My favorite is mine, a blue 86 slx with full CdA group, which is currently undergoing a rebuild. Replacing cables, seat, tires, rims.
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Sloar beat me to it. Mine's a 1985.

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Primato for a rider's choice. Still the benchmark, but I happen to love SL and SLX framed De Rosas almost as much.

A Bixxis for when I won the lottery though.

Prima - Steel frame - Bixxis




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Think "NEO" is like saying new version of the same Primato.
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Originally Posted by TheManShow
Think "NEO" is like saying new version of the same Primato.
Not the same frameset, but still very nice.

I would like one, but I have too many bikes that fit the same purpose hanging on hooks around here.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Primato for a rider's choice. Still the benchmark, but I happen to love SL and SLX framed De Rosas almost as much.

A Bixxis for when I won the lottery though.
Yes, the Primato in EL OS is quite wonderful, and yes to SL/SLX Professionals, though a bit different geometry, yes to a Bixxis, as well. You should just get in the queue now. I'm too old.
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Originally Posted by jiangshi
Yes, the Primato in EL OS is quite wonderful, and yes to SL/SLX Professionals, though a bit different geometry, yes to a Bixxis, as well. You should just get in the queue now. I'm too old.
Hah, I just sent a request for a "free quote" to Doriano.

I have no idea what these cost, but it doesn't hurt to inquire.
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Originally Posted by jiangshi
Yes, the Primato in EL OS is quite wonderful, and yes to SL/SLX Professionals, though a bit different geometry, yes to a Bixxis, as well. You should just get in the queue now. I'm too old.
I haven't heard of Bixxis...pretty graphics.
I'd sell my titanio - Id sell my 35th (too small). I'd never sell the primato.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I haven't heard of Bixxis...pretty graphics.
I'd sell my titanio - Id sell my 35th (too small). I'd never sell the primato.
Doriano De Rosa!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I haven't heard of Bixxis...pretty graphics.
I'd sell my titanio - Id sell my 35th (too small). I'd never sell the primato.
Doriano De Rosa and his daughter are Bixxis.

I have two Primatos. I'm trying to get good photos to sell one. Mica White is really hard to photograph.
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Originally Posted by jiangshi
Doriano De Rosa and his daughter are Bixxis.

I have two Primatos. I'm trying to get good photos to sell one. Mica White is really hard to photograph.
I'm surprised you're selling the white one!

I remember now; I forgot he left home. He was a very talented builder...I've heard at least the equal of his father.

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Originally Posted by gomango
Hah, I just sent a request for a "free quote" to Doriano.

I have no idea what these cost, but it doesn't hurt to inquire.
Did you ever get your quote? I'm curious as to how much it costs.
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Did you ever get your quote? I'm curious as to how much it costs.
Nope.
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I would trade my '81 gazelle and '71 corky for a late 1970s De Rosa. In a heartbeat and I would go through great lengths and cost to put 1st gen Super Record parts on it. That would be my golden era grail I think.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
I remember now; I forgot he left home. He was a very talented builder...I've heard at least the equal of his father.
I wonder why he left the original company? Tempted to sell?

UPDATE: A comment at the bottom of this article: https://italiancyclingjournal.blogspo...s-own.html?m=1 seems to suggest that the rights for the De Rosa name was aquired by Alfredo Gios? In general it seems that others in the company wanted to contract out to Japan but Doriano De Rosa was against it.

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Resurrecting. Hopefully will get a few De Rosa enthusiasts to reply. (I posted this in another forum accidentally - please delete that if you see it)

I'm repainting a De Rosa. Looks awfully like the one in this photo (not sure if it's the exact one or not).
De Rosa Neo Primato review - Cycling Weekly

I plan to chrome the fork. The chain stay is chromed. Any suggestions on what decals to put on it? I'm not looking to retrieve the same look. I plan to paint it a deep purple (for now anyways). I just want it to come out looking like a nice De Rosa. I don't know the De Rosa line up at all. What decals should I select?
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