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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:38 am 
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So my bike addiction continues. This bike came about thanks to a bike I bought back in 2008. I bought for a couple hundred bucks a 2006 Specialized Allez comp. This wasn't the normal Allez though. This was the Steel Columbus tubed steel bike they made in small quantities. I sold that bike for a hefty profit to build the wheels for my then new CAAD 9. Of course a few months later I missed that bike A LOT. I mean more than one should miss a Specialized. Steel frame, 1 1/8 fork, decent race geometry. It was the perfect everyday bike for me. So now this bike has come to replace it. It took 3 complete bikes to get here.

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So this bike began with me purchasing a Schwinn Paramount with full Campagnolo 10 speed and Chorus wheels from a pawn shop for an insane deal. I stripped the bike, sold the frame, fork, headset, and stem and kept anything that had the words Campagnolo on it. Total investment after eBay sales, about $100. Yes, I had gotten an entire Record 10s Carbon group for $100, with Chorus wheelset. I held onto the parts for about 10 months, constantly scouring eBay and bike forums looking for a then Specialized Allez Comp Steel frame to bolt them onto. All the ones the popped up were the wrong size. Then about 2 months ago I find a great deal on a Gunnar Crosshairs bike. Full bike with ultegra. It's Reynolds 853 so I think, the 853 frames are supposed to be great. At this point I plan on bolting all the Record onto it. I sell the Ultegra group and wheels for more than I payed for the entire bike and begin bolting the Record onto the Crosshairs. The bike looks like it will be great, but then I have second thoughts. The crosshairs is a cross bike, I don't ride cross, and I rather have a true road geometry frame. Around this same time, a riding friend has acquired a Colnago frameset and needs parts. Enter the DeRosa Primato. While doing my daily eBay searches I find the Primato. Full bike with Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed group. I talk to my friend and we agree to go half in on the bike. He takes the parts, I get the frame, fork, headset, and stem(too long for him), and handlebars. All parts and frame are in MINT condition. Cost is $1500 shipped. Not bad I think. I sell the Gunnar on eBay since I now have a great frame. With the sale of the Gunnar the DeRosa only cost me around $300 out of pocket. I will wait for the best deals, so I start hunting for the remaining parts needed to make the bike. This takes me to a few days ago when I got the final parts. Got and SLR for $45 on eBay, white KEO max's for $80 on eBay. I sold the ITM bars that came with the bike and bought some NOS 3TTT bars for $15. I bought a new Record chain, Campy cables and housing, bar tape, and a Cane Creek 100 headset at the bike shop to finish it off. I sold the KING headset that came with the bike because it was too flashy. Side note Record chains are expensive :). So for another installment of Comanche_man's budget weenie bike build seminar I present my ~$750 DeRosa Primato.

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The pictures of course don't do it justice. The metallic blue paint looks amazing in person.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:04 am 
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Lovely bike! Horrible handlebars! :oops:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:26 am 
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Without a doubt the best looking bike I've ever seen on this forum - congratulations


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:33 am 
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Lovely, don't think I've seen one in that color before

Here is mine, though it is currently a single speed and mostly wall decoration

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Bought it new in 1995


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:13 pm 
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That stem is gorgeous.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:30 pm 
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That's a very nice DeRosa. Did you consider classic tires instead of black ones?

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I really don't care how much it weighs, that bike is beautiful.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:54 pm 
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Comanche_man its perfect! Congrats. :thumbup:

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rico wrote:
I really don't care how much it weighs, that bike is beautiful.


+1.

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rico wrote:
I really don't care how much it weighs, that bike is beautiful.


+1

As a De Rosa man at heart, what else to add?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:03 am 
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Both beautiful bikes, I'd love to see a few more pics of the red one.....sweet looking machine.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:11 am 
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Very beautiful well balanced build. Even though I usually prefer a flat crown fork on these steel beauties, the stock DeRosa carbon fork looks great. And the Grammo stem along with other silver bits look really sharp. All you need now to complete the build is a Campy Ti seatpost.
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Both beautiful bikes, I'd love to see a few more pics of the red one.....sweet looking machine.



Thanks, I have a couple more shots of it, but no details at this time. I'll post them if it is ok with Comanche_man, I don't want to hijack his thread any more than I already did :oops:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:14 pm 
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Athena group? No way. 10 speed Record is fine. And this crankset is a classic. I would only suggest another saddle like Regal or Concor or something like that.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:42 pm 
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Great buys. I'm sure you could re-sell the bike again and after a few trades would be riding better bikes than all of us for a few $. I do like the bike as it is, especially the grammo stem. Maybe some traditional tyres, but no need to spend until you wear those out.


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