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DeRosa Planet vs. Pinarello Prince / Merckx Team SC(6 posts)

DeRosa Planet vs. Pinarello Prince / Merckx Team SCCrash
Aug 23, 2001 3:42 PM
Hi ! I am looking at either a Prince or Team SC ( I like the snap of AL, but like the carbon in back to soften then ride), and a guy at my LBS mentions the DeRosa Planet. All he had was the basic frame, but it looks very similar in design to the Prince. Has anyone rode these yet, especially compared to a Prince or Team SC ? Thanks for the input !
re: DeRosa Planet vs. Pinarello Prince / Merckx Team SCBig Mike
Aug 23, 2001 6:13 PM
Check out Bicycling magazine August reviewing both plus several others from the tour team bikes. I found the Team SC to have a softer ride the prince seemed stiffer like a Porsche compared to BMW sedan. In looking at the frames the Prince had a higher level of technical detail and is pound for pound $900. MORE . The Prince comes with an oversize carbon seat post and a 1 1/8 Stearer tube and an aero carbon fork. The Merckx has a carbon chainstay that actually looks like the factory builder slipped on a carbon piece of tape over the original aluminum chain stay. It looks funky. The sales rep said the Prince would be a better bike for alarger guy 185-230 than the SC . Both bikes are very very hard to get ahold of. Also the article was talking about the height of the bottom bracket on the SC but bothbikes have the same BB height Also find some on the net They had the best $$ on either
Thanks Mike, has anybody ridden the Planet ???Crash
Aug 23, 2001 8:30 PM
I saw the article in Bicycling, and I'm real high on the Prince and SC, but I would love to hear from someone that has ridden (or owns) a Planet. Thanks !
re: DeRosa Planet vs. Pinarello Prince / Merckx Team SCDINOSAUR
Aug 23, 2001 9:52 PM
For what it's worth, to throw another choice in, Klein will have carbon fiber wish bone type seat stays for their '02 Quantum Pro models. They will probably be expensive, the QP's are now almost $1900. I've thought about Pinarello also, but I can't see owning two al bikes as I'm keeping my Klein. Ever check out Pegoretti? Their CCKMP is a combination of al and steel. I know, lots of choices yada yada yada...good luck...
Why limit yourself? Go with the MerakThioderek
Aug 24, 2001 6:00 AM
I suspect it is because the LBS has a Planet all ready to go. Why not swing over to and check out the prices they have for FRAME ONLY on all the De Rosa products. It will open your eyes.

I purchased a Merak from them 2 months ago for 1180 US insured and delivered. Best money I ever spent. Look into it.

While the Pinarello is no slouch, you will still be paying less in the long run.

Consider all the options.
Why limit yourself? Go with the MerakCrash
Aug 24, 2001 10:34 AM
Actually the LBS had a Merak all set to go, but since I am a little over the weight limit for the Merak they suggested the Planet. The Planet frame they had was not my size. The frame looked really nice and I liked they way the rear carbon stays seemed more integrated than the Prince, although the level of finish of the paint for the Planet was much lower than the Prince. The Pinarello frames are real works of art !