De Rosa Protos

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audiophilitis
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I think I've just about optimized my current ride -- it's a Time RXR VIP weighing in at about 13lbs. Looking to start a new project -- frames in mind are (were) Storck Fascenario 0.6 and the Cervelo R5CA. Now including the De Rosa Protos into the mix (had a De Rosa steel frame back in the 90s and it was a great frame).

Just wondering if any De Rosa afficianados can share experiences? Many thanks.

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My LBS has one on display and it does look nicer than online pics. I did go "nice...." but not "wow..." Handled it a bit and did a short spin. Felt solid.
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What model year are you thinking of? a '13? http://www.derosanews.com/modules/Downl ... 013_hi.pdf

It's stunning in black/grey/red. And it doesn't have an ISP. ISPs look great and transmit a nice amount of road buzz (I have a 07 TCR advanced) but they suck for airplanes.

If you have the cash I'd love to read about DeRosa project. They are too few IMO.

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elviento wrote:My LBS has one on display and it does look nicer than online pics. I did go "nice...." but not "wow..." Handled it a bit and did a short spin. Felt solid.


Haven't seen one in person -- how does it stack up against it's Italian rivals, i.e., Pina and Colnago?

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Frans wrote:What model year are you thinking of? a '13? http://www.derosanews.com/modules/Downl ... 013_hi.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It's stunning in black/grey/red. And it doesn't have an ISP. ISPs look great and transmit a nice amount of road buzz (I have a 07 TCR advanced) but they suck for airplanes.

If you have the cash I'd love to read about DeRosa project. They are too few IMO.



Thanks -- what is an ISP? I've seen (but not ridden) a King RS and thought it was top notch. Just wondering if the Protos is worth the extra $$ over the RS.

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Thanks!

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Well, personally I like Pinarello and Colnago but on ww they are often criticized for being heavier than most other high end frames, which is understandable. LOL

Having owned a King and a Dual in the past, I like De Rosa a lot as well. However, they have had a period of confusion with styling over the years (the Tango was hideous and still safely on the top of my ugliest bike of all time list, the 838 was a China factory model, which wasn't a very "Italian" thing to do), and they have been trying to catch the breakaway, so to speak. The Protos is much better than before IMHO. That said, I am still not exactly sure what it tries to achieve from a styling perspective. It also could be a bit chuncky if you ride a smaller size than 55.

Pinarello and Colnago, on the other hand, are both very distinctive in their styling, whether you love it or hate it.
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