Corsa Record derailleurs, 8 speed set-up, with 53x42 Super Record cranks. Look pedals
Super Record cranks. Still a thing of beauty today.
Flat-head fork, along with some dirt and Dura Ace brakes, 1994 vintage, if I recall correctly.
The chromed chainstays are suffering ...
So ladies and gentlemen, today I would like to take you for a ride down memory lane. Yes, indeed, that is a 1993 De Rosa Professional, Columbus SLX tubing, built up with a mixture of Campagnolo Corsa Record (8 speed), Super Record and a wee bit of Shimano.
She (all my bicycles are females) has a rather interesting history. I was attending graduate school at the time, and British Airways bent the back triangle of my previous bike to the point that a wheel would not fit into it. This De Rosa was therefore purchased at a bike shop in Manhattan, NYC, where I was living at the time, with my components switched over from the previous frame (a very nice Rossin SL). Yes, an Italian specialissima bought by an Italian in the United States. A bit complicated, but you get it. ...
Our stop at De Rosa was preceded by a quick lunch at the local il bociodromo (bocci ball court) where company namesake Ugo De Rosa often goes to hang with his friends to play cards and socialize. Like Wilier and Carerra, the De Rosa factory is fronted by a retail shop ...
The famed Italian frame builder De Rosa is to be the official bicycle sponsor of the Fly V Australia professional cycling team in 2010.
De Rosa is one of the oldest and most revered names in Italian bicycle manufacturing and continues to manufacture elegant and revolutionary frames in Italy where the highest standards of design and production are maintained. De Rosa believes that it has aligned with a racing program that mirrors its philosophy and passion for quality, performance, innovation and excellence.
De Rosa will supply a selection of its race proven models to Fly V Australia. The team will race and train on a combination of De Rosa’s finest bikes including the new King 3RS and Merak frames as well as the classic Neo Pro and super sleek Formula Crono. The bikes will be elegantly dressed with Sram group sets combining classic Italian design heritage with cutting edge American technology.
Fly V Australia’s title sponsor is the international wing of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Blue airlines, and will be entering its second year as a UCI Continental team racing the North American calendar. In 2009, the team has won over 90 races including over 60 in USA, and has finished the season strongly with international success at the Tour of Tasmania & the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. The Team’s 2010 objectives include not only improving on the 2009 total wins but also racing to win the NRC.
“We had a great inaugural season and I think we have made some strong moves to strengthen and balance the team’s roster for 2010. We will be announcing the full roster shortly and I think you will see that the strength of our lineup may only be eclipsed by the quality of the cycling industry support we have assembled. Certainly De Rosa and SRAM are two of the most sought after brands in the industry and we are proud to have them as part of our family.” Commented Team owner Chris White
Trialtir USA, the exclusive distributor of De Rosa in the USA and company CEO Massimo Bartolini is excited about the new relationship saying. “I think 2010 is going to be a great year for the cycling industry and especially for De Rosa and the Trialtir brands, I am happy to announce the sponsorship of what I believe will be among the most competitive teams in North America. I am especially happy to be working with some riders and management that we have had success with in the past. The Fly V program represents more than just a sponsorship opportunity for De Rosa, but a great opportunity to gain valuable R&D information for all of our brands. The Fly V organization has Great Spirit and camaraderie, and we want to bring that culture, enthusiasm, and performance experience to our dealers around America.” Other Triatir USA brands that will be sponsoring the team include Diadora shoes, Santini clothing, Stella Azzurra bar, stems & tape, and LAS helmets.
Team Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo De Rosa King 3 Although Stefano Garzelli and his Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo team were mysteriously not selected for the Giro d'Italia, 35 year old Garzelli has bounced back to take command of the UCI Europe Tour and is hoping for selection to the Italian team at the 2008 World Championship in his hometown of Varese, Italy. We spotted Garzelli's new De Rosa King 3 and the new nude carbon look makes the already attractive King 3 more "cattivo" (badass).
On first look, we thought Garzelli's King 3 might be a cousin of the special Idol UD prototype he rode to two stage wins in the 2007 Giro d'Italia, but the frame is a K1 high modulus Mizuno T-700SC carbon fibre with the entire frame in monocoque construction, unlike the previous DeRosa Kings, which used a monocoque front triangle mated to a tube-to-tube assembled rear triangle. Target weight of the De Rosa King 3 is 950g. for the frame
No seatpost needed on the integrated seatmast King 3, with a Fizik Alliante saddle, Dedaelementi Newton bars & stem provide the cockpit, a Campagnolo Record 10v. groupset and speedy Campagnolo Bora Ultra tubular carbon fibre wheels.
I first learned in the January, 2008, issue of Italian magazine CT that Doriano De Rosa, son of Ugo De Rosa, is the sole builder of the Ti (titanium) frames at De Rosa.
Subsequently I learned that Doriano builds only approximately 100 frames per year, all to measure. Doriano began framebuilding with Ti in 1993. Of learning to build in Ti, Dorian said, "I learned through trial and error, like my father when he began. I have a gray hair for every mistake I made in learning to work with this material."
With Dorian, De Rosa continues in the most authentic tradition of "Made In Italy".
Photos: Doriano De Rosa at work in his own section at De Rosa