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Anyone ride a De Rosa Protos?

Old 07-17-21, 05:34 PM
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Anyone ride a De Rosa Protos?

I can get a De Rosa Protos (made in Italy if that matters) direct mount rim brake with campy eps for the same price as an S-Works Tarmac disc. Anyone ride a Protos? Very few reviews out there, and I can't ride it until it's built and paid for.
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How bad could it be?

I'd look at it this way - you get to do the full Italiano wank without any of the me-tooism you'd be tainted with on a Pinarello. I like De Rosas, they're pretty cool. Couldn't tell you squat about the Protos, though.

But direct mount rim instead of disc, that's also pretty damn cool and not me-too at all. Wish my rim brakes were direct mount, at least the front.

...Hmmm...
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I was thinking the same thing but I do wonder if the big bike companies now have the resources, engineering, manufacturing etc to just build better bikes than the De Rosa's of the world...
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I was thinking the same thing but I do wonder if the big bike companies now have the resources, engineering, manufacturing etc to just build better bikes than the De Rosa's of the world...
I wouldn't overthink it. Even the most sophisticated bicycle one can buy is trivial when compared to a cell phone or a car. I doubt there are any real trade secrets in bike making.
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If you want the best bike, it's probably a Giant with Shimano, right? Those two companies probably have more engineers than half the rest of the industry.
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What about the other components offered on each? Are they the same?
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They look nice.PROTOS 2.0 MUD – De Rosa North America
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For me, DeRosa > Specialized, because it's Italian. (Not just the name on a Taiwanese frame, but actually made in the mother country.)

The Tarmac is a pervasive, ordinary offering from Big S, one of millions produced every year.

Spesh certainly has their consistency and QC dialed in better, but that's not so say the DeRosa/Campy build will have problems, just that it's more likely to.

DeRosa has a heart in their name! Do you see a heart anywhere on the Tarmac? As others have sometimes noted, when is the last time you saw someone with a Shimano tattoo?

We could also look at the model names. Protos is Greek for "first." Tarmac means pavement. (More specifically, it's short for tarmacadam, the British term for a type of pavement called "asphalt" in the U.S.)

While I would much rather drive a Ferrari or Alfa Romeo, Id prefer to own a Toyota or Mazda. But that's because I need reliable transportation. I don't need bikes; I want them.

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As others have sometimes noted, when is the last time you saw someone with a Shimano tattoo?
You know how some folks get wings on their back? I had an idea, kinda ripping off the Campy logo, to have aerospace-looking folded wings, 'secured' with QRs, to signify the bionic freedom of cycling... The QRs would be branded Dura-Ace.
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