There has been a bit of chat here on these bikes, but not much real user experience so I am real curious to see how this De Rosa rides.
Based on the reviews it could be what I am looking for, or course its hard to find a bad review on any top end bike these days so we will see .....http://www.cyclist.co.uk/de-rosa/1160/d ... ina-review
Knowing when to be firm
Stiffness is as subjective as it is objective, concerning as much the rider and conditions as it does measureable variables. Put two bike frames on a testing jig and the numbers that come back will tell you which one is stiffer – data that some companies will declare makes their bike better. But not everyone wants a bike that’s super-stiff; you might be a lighter rider, for instance, or want something to ride for extended distances. Or you might just prefer a livelier feel. Whatever the reason, stiffness isn’t a byword for best, and you’ll only know if a bike is stiff enough for you by going out and riding it. With my 80kg sprinter’s hat on, the SK wasn’t stiff enough. Get out of the saddle and start wrenching on the bars and there’s a tangible flex through the frame. The fork seems to hold up well enough, as does the bottom bracket cluster, but the top tube and down tube less so. However, this amount of give – which seems almost progressive and controlled, like stretching an elastic band – works well on the flats and through the corners. The SK tracks the road beautifully, diving into turns with a nimble confidence often lacking in ultra-stiff race bikes, which can have a tendency to skip unnervingly.
Changing into my ‘I just love cycling’ hat (which as you can imagine is a jaunty stovepipe number), the SK is all the bike I could ever want. It’s light enough to produce a decent level of zeal when climbing, surging forward with each pedal stroke, and its handling makes it an adept descender. But the main reason it’s so wonderful to ride is down to how well it combines comfort and speed. The SK is a fast bike, but it tempers this by also being a sublime ride. Not in the armchair sense – there’s no languid wallowing like you get with some comfort-oriented bikes – but there is a speedy smoothness to the SK’s ride that more than makes up for its mid-range stiffness. In that, I’d compare it to a steel bike, only better.
The SK has a carbon edge to it – a feeling of sharpness that steel racers mostly lack, or obtain by trading in comfort and spring – yet it retains the liveliness and character steel is known for but carbon fibre often finds itself lacking. Plus – and I think for a bike of this price this is one of the key points – the SK has individuality. It exudes a class that elevates it above its station, and with both the form and the prestige of its Pininfarina styling, I think the SK will go down as an iconic bicycle, up there with the likes of Bianchi’s C-4, the Cinelli Laser and the Colnago Master. And what would you rather have: a bike that can sprint or a bike that will go the distance?http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/cate ... ina-50084/
Highs: Looks, ride comfort, performance
Lows: Sending it back (obviously if you buy one you won't have to do this, but will have to pay a lot of money)
Buy if: You want a truly rapid, classy aero road bike that you can ride all day without feeling beaten up
A Teflon don of a bike
Wrong. Somehow the SK is as smooth as Teflon-coated silk with a ride quality like a high quality endurance bike. If that wasn’t enough, it still has the raw speed to embarrass TT machines, and classy road bike manners – an aero road bike that doesn’t demand weekly physio appointments to get the best from it.
Your watts are channelled directly to the rear wheel, where they’re converted into relentless speed. From the saddle it was easy to forget how deep those wheels were, as they never made their presence felt in a way that was anything less than positive. Laterally stiff, accelerative, and useful on punchy or power climbs, along with supple and grippy tyres, they only enhanced the ride. The SK is what we want an aero bike to be – engaging, awesome-looking, fast everywhere, and with no comfort compromises. We’re off to squeeze in another ride before it goes back.http://www.winterparkcycles.com/blogs/3 ... ninfarina/
In a nutshell, this bike is FANTASTIC. We had high hopes, based on other reviews that we had read, and I think our impression actually exceeds what we had read, and expected. It's hard to pick this frame apart.My baseline, or "go to," bike is a Cervelo R5, which took that spot from my Dogma 65.1 and F8s. The R5 is not aero, but it's smooth, it's lively, and it handles very well. The SK, with its aero tubing and seatpost, is not a bike a bike I would expect to be smooth or lively, but it somehow pulls it off. In the saddle, it handles crackled pavement and small bumps with ease. Out of the saddle, it is nothing close to sluggish, as some aero bikes feel. It just hits every mark. De Rosa doesn't publish what carbon they use in this frame. Many companies tout their T900, T1100, or Super High Dis-Or-Dat, but not De Rosa. Honestly, we don't know what it's made out of, and I really don't care. It could be paper mache, but as long as it rides as well as it does, they should stick with it.https://www.pressreader.com/canada/cana ... 5305196117