The pre-em­i­nent frame­build­ing dy­nasty still knows its roots

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MODEL De Rosa Nuovo Clas­sico FRAME AND FORK Lugged Dedac­ciai 01; 1in threaded lugged steel GROUPSET Cam­pag­nolo Su­per Record 2013 GEAR­ING 52/36t chain­set; 11-25t cas­sette WHEELS Ful­crum Rac­ing Zero TYRES Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Sport Race 25mm FIN­ISH­ING KIT Deda Spe­ciale 26 bars, Deda Murex stem, Deda RS01 seat­post, Prol­ogo Scratch 2 T2.0 sad­dle WEIGHT 8.61kg (56cm) PRICE £2,550 (frame­set), ap­prox £5,500 as tested CON­TACT


I know it’s not all about looks, but you re­ally have to hand it to De Rosa – the Nuovo looks ab­so­lute dy­na­mite in this rosso red. I could spend all day chat­ting about the beau­ti­fully em­bossed de­tails on the fork crown and bot­tom bracket, the pol­ished stay and lugs and its per­fectly poised stance, but there is a lot more to it.

I’ve rid­den bikes from all the usual ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing steel, but this build struck a per­fect bal­ance of smooth­ness and spring. The steel fork adds around 400g to the build over a car­bon one, but the pay­off was that the De Rosa de­scended with ag­gres­sion, partly due to the ex­tra weight, but also due to the road­hold­ing the fork of­fers – I could re­ally feel it work­ing un­der­neath me to soak up bumps and hug rough sur­faces. It flexed just enough to track cor­ners in a way I nor­mally only ex­pe­ri­ence on a moun­tain bike.

What would I change? Just a cou­ple of aes­thetic is­sues, re­ally: lose the Ful­crum wheel stick­ers and opt for pol­ished fin­ish­ing kit, not matt. And maybe a pol­ished fork like the Con­dor’s.

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