Donnerstag, 11. August 2016

BIXXIS Titanio - 100 days BIXXIS

Hannes and his BIXXIS Titanio

BIXXIS Titanio
BIXXIS Titanio

BIXXIS Titanio, Doriano De Rosa
BIXXIS Titanio

BIXXIS Titanio

BIXXIS Titanio

BIXXIS Titanio

BIXXIS Titanio

BIXXIS Titanio - Doriano De Rosa

Martina De Rosa 

Hannes write:

100 days BIXXIS

At the end of the cycling season 2015 I was hanging my bike on the hook and wondering how to survive the boring off-season. In no way I thought, that I would ride on a new bike in 2016. But – how so many times in life – it comes out differently than expected. 

In late November 2015 I noticed, that Doriano De Rosa has separated from his family business „Cicli De Rosa“ and launched the new brand „BIXXIS“ (Biciclette Italiane per il XXI secolo – Italian Bikes of the 21th century) with his daughter Martina to create bespoked steel and – soon to come – titanium frames. I became curious and was regulary visiting BIXXIS on Facebook and Instagramm for further news. And the first picture of a titanium frame put a sting in my mind. But I didn´t need a new bike. So I asked myself what I really needed and noticed immediately that this was the wrong question. The correct question should have been „What do I want ?“ So I thought about who I am, how I ride, what I need and what I don´t need.

I´m a 50+ cyclist from Austria (I´m not a native english speaker – so sorry for my imperfect writing). I don´t race and I don´t do competitive group rides. I like long rides – hilly or in the mountains – and sometimes I participate in „Gran Fondos“ in Italy. In my life I had never won a single race or a serious sprint during a group ride and I suppose I never will. 

It was clear: if buying a new bike there was absolute no room left for compromises. It had to be italian, „fatto su misura“, comfortable, versalite, lively, smooth and light. Not superlight, but durable. Some friends in my age are riding carbon-„superbikes“ and they still refuse to recognize that this bikes are for racers and not for us normal mortals. According to my opinion this bikes often are too stiff, too harsh and too uncomfortable. That´s why my friends get ... too tired … after some hours in the saddle. I wanted an „ageless“ bike that will still look good and not outdated after some years. When I looked at this criteria it was soon clear, that a titanium frame would meet my demands best. And could I have found a better and more experienced frame-builder than Doriano De Rosa? And like all the bikes I owned during the last 30 years the new one will be equipped with mechanical Campagnolo Chorus or Record. Disc-brakes are an absolute no-go. 

Reading this lines may seem to you that I am „retro“, but I´m not. I´m just tired and bored of reading each year, that the next-year-models are xx % stiffer, xx % lighter, xx % more aero and faster. And I am tired and bored seeing this „xx % better“ bikes in the magazines and showrooms only a few month after having bought a new one. I´m not retro, but I don´t want to hassle anymore with cracking bottom-brackets and silly internal cable-routing affecting shifting and braking performance. And I don´t want to bleed disc-brakes, recharge batteries or update a software on a road-bike. I just wanted a bicycle – a pure and simple machine. 

After exchanging some mails I made an appointment with Martina De Rosa and on January, 29th I traveled to the BIXXIS headquarter in Seregno near Milan. Doriano took all the time needed to take my measurements, to discuss and explain each single detail of the frame, including paint-scheme and colors. Then he invited me to a guided-tour through his workshop – what a highlight! As Martina finished tapping on her calculator I decided to order not only the frameset (frame, fork, custom Chris King headset and PMP titanium seatpost) but rather the complete bike build up with Campagnolo Record, Eurus wheels and some Deda parts. Because BIXXIS had still to wait for the titanium tubes the delivery date for my bike was unclear. But Martina kept me always up to date with some e-mails. From the moment the tubes were in house, it only took some weeks and on April, 28th I traveled again to Italy to pick up my new bike.

Please say never again, that Italians are unpunctual. Exactly at the agreed time Doriano, Martina and I met at the parking lot in front of the BIXXIS headquarter – each of us coming from another direction. With a smile on his face Doriano took „my“ bike out of his car and said: „Here it is. I hope you like it.“ Of course I liked it. It was a true masterpiece – un vero capolavoro. Forty years of experience of one of the world´s most valued framebuilders focused on a single bicycle – MY bicycle. The handover was very friendly and when I left Doriano and Martina it seemed to me that there was this particular kind of a quiet craftsman´s pride in Doriano´s eyes.

Now it´s 100 days I ride the BIXXIS Titanium. Although I don´t intend to write a full review of this bike I want to share some impressions. I don´t believe that the „best bicycle“ exists. Maybe there is the best suitable bike for a given rider and his requirements. If so, I found mine. It provides all the positive characteristica you will expect from a modern racing bike. But there are two things that deserve special mention: fit and handling. If you ride only for 1 or 2 hours many bikes will fit fine because your body adapts to the contact points (handlebar, saddle and pedals). But it´s a different game if you ride many hours and you get tired and there is no force left in your body to compensate for insufficient fit. Here the BIXXIS shines bright. No matter how long I ride and how tired I am, my position on the bike is still perfect. There is no pain in the shoulders, neck or somewhere else caused by searching a pleasant position. There is just pain in my legs from the last steep climb – nothing else. And the handling is superb. The bike is equipped with a fork developed by Dario Pegoretti – the Pegoretti „Falz“. The interaction of the frame with the fork is „magic“ - sorry, I can´t describe it any better. Fast, maneuverable and always secure in the closest curves and the most challenging descents. 
So maybe I was wrong and the „best bicycle“ really exists – waiting in the basement of my house for the next ride with a lousy rider. Poor BIXXIS.

Thank you for reading.
 
De Colnarello (Hannes)

Photo + Text-Copyright by: Hannes

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Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2016

De Rosa Protos with GF Roma Colours

De Rosa Protos with GF Roma Colours

De Rosa Protos with GF Roma Colours

De Rosa Protos with GF Roma Colours

De Rosa Protos with GF Roma Colours


Terry write:
This is my De Rosa Protos, I bought the frame from Stefano in Milan and he kindly delivered it to the De Rosa paintshop for me to have it resprayed in the GF Roma Colours.
Build is Campagnolo Super Record EPS V3, Deda Superlegerro Bars and Stem, Speedplay Ti pedals, Vision Metron 40 with Veloflex tyres.

Photo-Copyright by: Terry
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Montag, 13. Juni 2016

I love this color - Dreambike by Bixxis

Bixxis - Prima steel frame

Bixxis - Prima steel frame

Bixxis - Prima steel frame

Bixxis - Prima steel frame

Bixxis - Prima steel frame

Bixxis - Prima steel frame


Bixxis opened in 2015 from an idea by Doriano De Rosa and his daughter Martina. Bixxis want to get back the taste for true craftmanship to produce steel and titanium frames for racing bicycles.


Photo-Copyright by: Bixxis

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Mittwoch, 1. Juni 2016

Handbuilt Bicycle News - Interview: Martina De Rosa of Bixxi

Bixxis Titanium-Bicycle
Martina De Rosa

Interview: Martina DeRosa of Bixxis
Renowed Italian frame builder Doriano De Rosa split from the family bicycle business in 2015 to continue the artisan tradition of handbuilt custom frames. For his daughter, Martina, this presented both opportunity and challenge.

The complete interview can be found here: www.handbuiltbicyclenews.com


Photo-Copyright by: Bixxis

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Dienstag, 31. Mai 2016

De Rosa on the road

De Rosa 1980








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Montag, 9. Mai 2016

1986 - De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

1986 De Rosa SLX Retrobuild

John write: 
It is a 1986 De Rosa Professional that I have owned since 1990. It had a mix of Dura Ace (for shifting) and second generation C Record. I raced and rode her for 25 years with that configuration. In February of 2015, I decided to rebuild her with all first generation C Record except the brakes. I've had the Delta brakes since 1990 and I was not going to replace them. I love them.
 
The indoor photo is how it was before the rebuild.


Photo-Copyright by: John

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Sonntag, 21. Februar 2016

De Rosa Retro-Design Long Sleeve Jersey – for sale on ebay

De Rosa Jersey - Retro Design






De Rosa Long Sleeve Jersey – for sale on ebay

Photo-Copyright by: Marcello

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De Rosa Neo Primato with new wheels from England

Time to test the new fulcrumracingzero wheels!

Jason, my blogger-friend (Velo Runner) from England and his great De Rosa Neo Primato.

Photo-Copyright by: Jason

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Montag, 15. Februar 2016

De Rosa King 3 with special painting - from Germany

De Rosa King3 with special painting

De Rosa King3 with special painting


De Rosa frame and Deda stem painted in Martini striping. (by cromaworks.com)

Photo-Copyright by: Fabian

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De Rosa Super King 888 from Germany

De Rosa Super King 888

The other De Rosa of Johannes: De Rosa Team

Photo-Copyright by: Johannes

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Montag, 1. Februar 2016

De Rosa Protos 2015 - special paint, lucca Italy

Søren and his De Rosa Protos

Søren Krarup write: 
Hi Bikeadelic, some pictures of my De Rosa Protos, special paint - riding the Pizzore, small mountain group in Lucca, Italy - lovely scenario, lovely weather and a lovely bike.

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Freitag, 8. Januar 2016

De Rosa from California U.S.

De Rosa steel frame

De Rosa steel frame

De Rosa steel frame
Photo-Copyright by: David

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Freitag, 1. Januar 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016



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Donnerstag, 26. November 2015

Pic of the day - Prima - Steel frame by Bixxis

prima bixxis
Prima - Steel frame by Bixxis

Bixxis - True handmade steel and titanium bicycles - crafted in Italy by Doriano De Rosa, with passion. http://bixxis.com/en/

Photo-Copyright by: Bixxis

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Freitag, 20. November 2015

Pic of the day - Welding time

Doriano De Rosa
Bixxis - Doriano De Rosa

Bixxis - True handmade steel and titanium bicycles - crafted in Italy by Doriano De Rosa, with passion. http://bixxis.com/en/

Photo-Copyright by: Bixxis

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Pic of the day - De Rosa Idol from UK

Carbonbike, Roadbike, De Rosa
De Rosa Idol
Photo by: Jeff

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