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More classic . . . Serotta CSi or De Rosa Eddy Merckx?(6 posts)

More classic . . . Serotta CSi or De Rosa Eddy Merckx?serottaorderosa
Mar 11, 2003 3:09 PM
Please help this neophyte with an internal debate.

I currently have a Serotta CSi, but have always wanted a vintage De Rosa Eddy Merckx. If I can trade my Serotta CSi (with the old Campy Chorus 8 speed) for an Eddy Merckx De Rosa frame with the Super Prestige (with the attendant stickers). Of note - the De Rosa is only a frame in almost perfect condition. Thoughts? Please share . . .
re: More classic . . . Serotta CSi or De Rosa Eddy Merckx?serottaorderosa
Mar 11, 2003 3:27 PM
Asked a different way - is the vintage De Rosa as good a frame as the Serotta CSi? Obviously, the De Rosa has more mystique, or does it? This is an older '80's Serotta, by the way. They are both in nearly identical shape.

Thanks!
Serotta CSINessism
Mar 11, 2003 4:25 PM
In my opinion, the CSI is the nicest lugged steel frame ever made. The down tube and seat tube both flair in diameter as they near the bottom bracket shell to reduce lateral flex. Serotta is one of the only companies to do this which sets them apart in my mind.

Of course DeRosa makes a nice frame also. But in my mind, it's not the technical equal of a CSI.

Ed
Huh?..CSI is the nicest lugged steel? Better than a Sachs?n.m.koala
Mar 11, 2003 5:57 PM
re: More classic . . . Serotta CSi or De Rosa Eddy Merckx?Dieselman
Mar 11, 2003 3:29 PM
Look dude, Merckx is the MAN. If you've got what it takes to ride the MAN's bike, throw that pos Serotta away on EBAY and saddle up! De Rosa rules! Pure Class!
re: More classic . . . Serotta CSi or De Rosa Eddy Merckx?merckxman
Mar 11, 2003 7:25 PM
Several builders, including DeRosa, made "Eddy Merckx" frames (before he built his own). If it's a DeRosa you want I'd have an expert in such things confirm that it is in fact a DeRosa built Eddy Merckx. Later, DeRosa helped Merckx establish his own factory but these were not DeRosa built frames by that time (as I understand it)....