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The new De Rosa listed on Ebay(11 posts)

The new De Rosa listed on EbayThe Human G-Nome
Nov 25, 2002 9:33 PM

i know there are lots of you who have a sick fetish for this stuff....
HOLY FLICK! Droool...(nm)tremblay
Nov 25, 2002 10:25 PM
who you calling sick?Spirito
Nov 26, 2002 1:30 AM
well may onespeed espouse his "merak wih record 10" mantra but i know back in the day it is this "anniversario" that got him on the true path to 2 wheeled beauty. merak's are cool but the only commerative and official limited edition anything by De Rosa is the bike offered on ebay.

these bikes were only made as complete and assembled with pantograpghed bits - you wanted it .... you bought it off the shop floor already built up with c-record or you had nothing. they were also at least 30 to 40 % higher than anything else available in the De Rosa 1988 catalogue. for most like myself it was well out of reach and i ended up buying a Colnago and feeling like trailer trash. not sure about how many but i think its either 250 or 300 of the series. the auction bike is #81. very few made their way stateside.

there are very few totally collectible and very rideable bikes such as this. elegance and subtelty in equal parts and as close to timeless as i have seen. very few framemakers could simply put a signature and rose decal on the headtube without being audacious or undeserving. Ugo can. heck ... it even inspired Umberto Ecco to write a book such was his admiration.

if i can find out ill drop a note on the rest of the digits on the B/bracket as it may well be that this is of Ugo's own hands (isnt hard anyway as Ugo and his 3 sons are the core of the marque). cant say that about many italian or otherwise marque's ....

the one in auction looks to have been locked away as its all there and resplendant in its condition. sheldon brown and mike kone in their bike price guide had an interesting opinion about it ........

it is true to say that this bike was the pinnacle of bike shop drool material of the era and for some of us still is ..........

there is De Rosa and there is all that other overhyped italian montone dressed as agnello. i view de Rosa's as equals to the great custom built's around now but of course sexier.


p.s. i wont be bidding

p.s.s anyone wanna low mile merckx?
who you calling sick?The Human G-Nome
Nov 26, 2002 10:31 AM
you should really seek help for your bicycle porn addiction. i'm pretty sure there are support groups out there that can help people like you.
if there's a cure for this - i don't want it ... :-) NmSpirito
Nov 26, 2002 2:58 PM
If loving Ugo is wrong, I don't wanna be . . . ? (nm)djg
Nov 27, 2002 7:10 AM
I notive thatEager Beagle
Nov 26, 2002 3:33 AM
the cables under the BB don't sit in the grooves correctly, so I won't be bidding.
This bike appeared @ Veloswap in OctoberRickC5
Nov 26, 2002 6:05 AM
and quickly disappeared. I don't recall the asking price, but I believe it was about $1500-2000. It is indeed a beautiful piece, and is in absolute mint condition.
I don't see the humor in this.Crankist
Nov 26, 2002 6:22 AM
Heartache, that's all it is. Checking CC balance now.
...sense of humor returning...Crankist
Nov 26, 2002 8:57 AM
Loan in process; I'll be bidding on that sweetheart. If I don't get this one then Calfee Luna. Life is good.
Hey that's a cool bike...NJRoad
Nov 27, 2002 10:28 AM
I just bid on it. If I win, I'm really going to hook it up...Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, Mavic K's, Shimano Dura-Ace, Selle Itali SLR.

What do you guys think? That would look pretty hot, right?