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De Rosa fever...(5 posts)

De Rosa fever...woodes
Mar 25, 2002 7:32 AM
I have a '98 Litespeed Classic that I may donate to my wife. In its place, I really pine for some good Italian steel. Maestro bikes has a good price on a De Rosa Neo Primato frame (about $800 bucks incl. shipping), but I have no idea how it rides. Does anyone have experience with this frame or other Italian steel? I would really love a Somec, but they are WAY too expensive. GVH bikes doesn't have anything appealing in my size. Of course, I would "settle" for a Merckx Corsa if I had to!!! I don't race anymore, my riding would be limited to centuries.
De rosa is the standard.onespeed
Mar 25, 2002 7:48 AM
An absolutely amazing bike. I have 2 Meraks (1 from Maestro) that are amazing rides.

I was in an accident 2 weeks ago where a car came up behind me on a curve at 50mph and hit me square on the rear wheel. I flew 30-40 feet through the air and all that happened to the bike was a popped spoke (Ksryium) and some scrapes on the bike. The frame has passed all the preliminary tests. It came through it better than I did.

I will ride De Rosa forever.
Thanks, and a follow-upwoodes
Mar 25, 2002 7:55 AM
I hope you have filed the appropriate claims with the police/insurance, etc...As an attorney, I would recommend that you pursue the matter aggressively, it sounds like the driver was going way too fast for the road conditions. Stay on your insurance company, have them take depositions from witnesses, etc..ASAP and better yet, hire an attorney. A good friend of mine (a triathelete) was struck by a car three years ago, and is still fighting. He is African-American, and as it turns out, the defendant's insurance company reduced his settlement based on loss wages and permanent injuries because he is black!! Civil rights lawyers are now lining up to take a piece of that insurer! I hope you are feeling better, it sucks to files claims and investigate your rights as you're healing, but doing it soon will benefit you in the long run! Good luck.
re: De Rosa fever...fuzzybunnies
Mar 25, 2002 9:18 AM
A derosa is a great bike to have, I have the giro d'italia which is now 3 yrs old and nothing I've owned rides like it. I've set a goal for my self this year and if I reach it I'm selling my carrera frame and getting the derosa corum. These bikes can really inspire confidence on fast decents and sharp turns.
re: De Rosa fever...pina
Mar 25, 2002 11:40 AM
I have a late 98 Neo Pro and it is a great ride. I don't think you would be making a mistake with a De Rosa. I have other bikes that are more expensive, but the De Rosa is just as good if not better. If you want Italian steel, De Rosa is the choice in my humble opinion. You get a lot of bike for the money.