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.
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.
This is Weight Weenies after all, so the weights of everything.
The pictures of course don't do it justice. The metallic blue paint looks amazing in person.
Webbed Bottom Bracket