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 Post subject: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:34 am 
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Not a brand that gets lots of exposure here. Want to see peoples opinion of them?

Looking at a very good deal on a new 2014 idol frameset.

Bit hesitant to jump as I have no experience and cannot get a test ride before I buy.

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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:04 am 
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There have been a bunch of DeRosa's that popped up on the board recently so run a search and perhaps reach out to those owners. I only have experience with their steel and alu frames and that experience has been very positive. DeRosa is an iconic brand for sure. It lost its way for a few years a while back and some of their carbon frames had issues then. I get the impression that DeRosa has invested a lot of effort and come a long way to addressing all of those issues and their new frames are looking good. You may not have a ton of feedback here on the Idol or other models as DeRosa's are not known to be hyper light, but ride quality has always been solid. The Idol has been a workhorse model / design for DeRosa for a number of years and I would suspect that you will be happy with the frame, especially if you are getting a solid deal. If the geometry suits you, then give it a shot. You looking at the caliper or disc brake version?


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:41 pm 
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have only a few DeRosa's out here even in Italy.. yes they're around, but definitely a rarity even around their hometown here. No matter which DeRosa you go for, trust me they are head turners and convo starters


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:26 pm 
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Nice bikes, but really difficult to get parts for...


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:08 pm 
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they make fabulous bikes and they are handmade and painted in italy. very easy to deal with. call them directly (if you speak italian). they also speak some english.


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:52 am 
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A dream bike for me for the last 30 years, so beautiful to me. We have a dealer near by with a few road and tt frames/bikes. Actually met Ugo, his son and Eddy Merckx all together about 20 years ago. Hope it works for you.


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:24 am 
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I personally got the opinion of very elegant and nice presented bikes although lately his son made a few mistakes with some models which with a brand like this should never happen.


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:22 pm 
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Geoff wrote:
Nice bikes, but really difficult to get parts for...


In what way? DeRosa dealers have been very attentive in my experience in both North America and EU.


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:59 pm 
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I have been trying to line-up a seatmast and frame-bits kit for a King 3... No such luck.


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 Post subject: Re: De Rosa bikes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:23 pm 
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geoff, you can make a spare seatpost that goes into the seatmast using a woodman el post, with a use shim. the bolts are a standard allen bolt.


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