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de Rosa merak(15 posts)

de Rosa merakTravis
Mar 19, 2002 8:05 AM
I am on the verge of hitting the "send" button on an internet order for a 2002 De Rosa Merak. I plan to build it up with a Campy Chorus group and Nucleon wheels. Can anyone give me a reason not to? I am less interested in arguments about the advantages of titanium over aluminum etc than I am in comments about De Rosa'a in general and the Merak in particular. It seems like you can debate endlessly what the "best" bike is, but I think there is always something to be said for getting the thing you lust after, and that is how I currently feel about the Merak. I have seen reference to a recommended rider weight limit for the Merak (I weigh about 170 lbs). Does anyone know what it is on the Merak?
re: de Rosa meraktotrod
Mar 19, 2002 8:27 AM
1. I don't have personal experience with a Merak, but I'm green with envy.

2. I've heard the weight limit is 195#.

3. Did I mention that I'm envious?

Push that SEND button!

re: de Rosa merakjakerider
Mar 19, 2002 9:12 AM
O man,
I'm with you brotha, I read somewhere recently that the Merak was "too nice to ride"
Weight limitPaulCL
Mar 19, 2002 9:57 AM
In a recent Cyclesport article on the bike, DeRosa reccommended a rider weight limit of 175lbs. I'm sure it would perform well or hold up to over 190lbs - the lawyer fudge that send button. BUY IT!

What a beautiful bike....
re: de Rosa merakVelocipedio
Mar 19, 2002 10:20 AM
More envy here.

That is a beautiful bike, beautifully specced.

More envy.
re: de Rosa merakmmaggi
Mar 19, 2002 10:55 AM
Derosa, Pinarello, Colnago and Casati.

Those are the Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, Masarati's and Alfa Romeo's of the cycling world.

Doesn't get any better than that. Go for it.
Check the photo galleryMikeC
Mar 19, 2002 11:05 AM

The guy has a Merak, and you can see the comments, questions, and answers.

I think it's a spectacular-looking bike, but I hear it can be a little uncomfortable, which the owner sort of admits.
Don't plan on it being your century machine...
In all fairnessmmaggi
Mar 19, 2002 12:06 PM
Most if not all Al frames were not meant to be ridden for 100 miles.

Come to think of it, no frame is comfortable for 100 miles. :-)
that thingdjg
Mar 19, 2002 11:08 AM
"you lust after"--I haven't ridden a Merak but DeRosa has a fine history of building first rate bikes. I saw a pearl white DeRosa Planet just this morning and it looked sweet--very, very nice. Great finish. You've said you lust after it. If you've got the money, go for it. Been there--once you are fixated on that one particular object of desire, substitutes all seem distant.
Get it, man.guido
Mar 19, 2002 12:53 PM
DeRosa has a philosophy uphold: build a comfortable bike that will go the distance and not beat up the rider, but at the same time reward the rider's efforts, almost magically, and do anything, climb, descend, sprint, chase, with aplomb.

Hugo DeRosa is a master designer and craftsman who works with his materials with the sensitivity of an artist. There are subtle handling properties in DeRosas that take months of riding to discover. His bikes are definitely a class act. There are many builders who can perhaps equal him, but there are none better.
quick-release paint is standard equipment on De RosaET
Mar 19, 2002 1:07 PM
Not to spoil the party here and all the tradition behind de Rosa, but far too many on these boards and others have complained about the paint peeling away from their de Rosas in a very short time frame, to such an extent that it likely will be very noticeable very soon. This should be even more likely with aluminum. Just something to think about.
hasn't happen to mine...pedaler98
Mar 19, 2002 6:20 PM
I have a derosa Nuovo Classico (steel) that i bought in 1994 and it has not lost any paint except for a few minor scrathes . the paint held up very well and the bike was a dream to ride right up until a dog ran out in front of me about 1/2 mile from home and took me out destroying the frame. :( oh well, it can be (and will be) rebuilt one day and the owner's insurance company bought me a 2000 pinarello paris :)

get the merak....i considered the planet along with the paris but the frame just did not fit me correctly.
Nor mine.guido
Mar 19, 2002 8:14 PM
That's been since 1985. He put alot of clearcoat over the decals. Knicks and touch up paint everywhere, but the dark blue paint with just a hint of metal flake still shines up nicely and sparkles in the sun. The chrome chainstay and fork crown hasn't yellowed or pitted. Great bike.

I've done everything on it, ridden everywhere, lost track of how many times I've crashed it, and it has never let me down. I can't wear it out. It continually surprises me. As much as I've tried, I've never ridden it to it's limits. It will outlast me, not the reverse.
do it man!bestT
Mar 19, 2002 5:21 PM
I have about a year on my 3rd DeRosa, a 2001 Planet. It is awesome, and I have had no paint issues.
Go for it and enjoy!
Click Click ClickIcefrk13
Mar 20, 2002 9:30 AM
If that is what your dreams are made for go for it.
Click away.

Wise man says "It is easier to ask for forgivness than for permission"