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How do DeRosa's ride?(7 posts)

How do DeRosa's ride?Matt Potter
Jul 12, 2001 5:49 PM
I got a great deal on a brand new Columbus El-OS DeRosa Primato in a 59 cm with a flat crown original steel fork also. I am getting back into cycling after a 15 year hiatus and was wondering how these frames ride? I'll know next month when I build it with Chorus 10 sp. Any classic riders out there? I did not like the aluminum road bike feel that most frame builders are making now days.

Matt Potter
re: How do DeRosa's ride?stanley
Jul 13, 2001 1:02 AM
I have an el/os DeRosa giro de italia. I love this bike. The ride is the most stable I have ever had and decending is fantastic. I'm not sure on the angles of a primato, but mine is quite laid back in the head tube. But I think that is part of why it is so stable at speed. Also the frame feels stiff when I stomp on the pedals but doen't have the harsh road feel of an allloy bike. Considering it is now 6 yrs old I have no complaints other than the orginal paint was a bit thin and it began to rust around a couple of lugs. So I had the bike repainted last year.

The major difference between your bike and mine is probably the fork. Mine is a new uni crown one. Anyway, I don't think you will be disappointed.
re: How do DeRosa's ride?Matt Potter
Jul 13, 2001 2:07 AM
Thanks Stanley..My fork is a flat crowm steel. The angles are 73 on the seat and 73.5 ( I think ) on the head.
re: Great "do it"Steve A
Jul 13, 2001 4:57 AM
I have the very same bike and I use it as a rain / beater bike etc. I also have a new C-Dale Cadd 6 w/Cqampy 10 speed I find for training rides I grab the De Rosa ? you figure it out (the ride), De Rosa still sells this frame they have up graded the fork to carbon, I cant help but think how nice this bike would be with all the new Campy 10 speed Record parts, nice light wheels, light carbon fork, The bottom line is having it to do all over again I would have built up a new De Rosa.
re: Great "do it"Matt Potter
Jul 13, 2001 1:41 PM
Yes..I seem to aggree..I'll post how it rides when I get it built...Matt
re: How do DeRosa's ride?tr
Jul 13, 2001 8:29 AM
This past winter i bought a slightly used neo pro frame (58 pearl white) that was mint when i recieved it. I put a reynolds carbon fork and daytona components on it thinking i would use it in bad weather. Well, it rides very nice and i don't think about riding it in the rain. It is in the photo area if you want to take a look. It is light but still feels plenty stiff. The carbon fork is light and i find myself weighting the front wheel a little more sometimes. I have the steel fork but haven't tried it yet, but i know it will make ride quality better in flat rough conditions, but climbing i prefer the carbon fork. Both are good though. Bottom line, i think you will be happy with your new ride.
re: How do DeRosa's ride?Matt Potter
Jul 13, 2001 1:43 PM
Thanks..that seems to be the general consenus...matt