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Need some advise on DeRosa(3 posts)

Need some advise on DeRosaEYT
Apr 27, 2002 9:38 AM
Can anyone gives me some advice on the DeRosa UD frame? i know that it is very light and i am below the rider's weight limitation. But is this frame durable? Because the warranty is only 2 years. Any advice is welcome.
DeRosa UDNessism
Apr 27, 2002 6:43 PM
Disclaimer: The following is MY OPINION. Just that. Feel free to disagree.

The Dedacciai U2 tubeset is killer thin and scares the crap out of me. Some of the tube thicknesses are comparable to steel which is unprecedented for aluminum. And since aluminum is not as strong as steel, these thin sections will be prone to denting.

http://www.dedacciai.com/prodotti/u2.htm

Caveat emptor.

Ed
Consider PrincipiaR-I-D-E
Apr 27, 2002 8:11 PM
I agree with Nessism. In my search for a new bike recently, the UD was one of the finalists. In the end, for the reasons that Nessism states, I steered clear.

I found what I feel in all of my research to be the perfect balance between super light weight, and durability. Take a good look at Principia bikes. http://www.principiabikes.com They are known for their excellent engineering, and amazing ride quality. And yes, they are quite light. The model I chose was the REXe Pro (61cm). Depending on your size, you might want to look at the sloping version (RS6e Pro...largest size is a 59). The Pro is their flagship who's frame is lightened by a special chemical proces. The frames are then anodized inside and out. They use Swiss, 7000 series aluminum that is heat treated.

These guys have been doing nothing but aluminum for quite a while. While the Italians were bucking the trend, Principia was mastering it. They have even been tested by an independent German lab for durability in which they came out with the top rating.

I love mine to death. Just picked it up a little over a week ago. My 61cm, all built up, weighs 16.4 lbs...with pedals! The bike climbs like no other, descends solidly, and rides like a dream.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email me direct at: rideamountain@attbi.com Good luck!

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