Merak is DeRosa's lightest frame at 2.5 pounds! This is accomplished by means of Merak's Dedacciai SC 6110 tubes, whichare custom made for DeRosa.
The mega-sized butted down tube and top tube are formed in an angular teardrop shape that features Special ribbed reinforcements. Oversize stays have semi vertical dropouts. The special tubes
are TIG welded at the DeRosa workshop in their trademark geometry.
The fork is also specially designed with carbon composite blades that are tuned to the geometry of the frame.
Strengths: Loved the color. Ride is smooth with the aluminum.
Weaknesses: Not much.
I had this bike- stolen over a year ago. Still miss it! Have been searching for it periodically in hopes that it may pop up or someone would be selling a similar frame and size. Bought and built a 2010 carbon De Rosa frame. Love it, but just not the same as the feel of the aluminum. Anyone have one of these frames or know where I can get one?
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2007
Strengths: comfort, cornering speed, ability to absorb road contours, ability to hopld a 75kg road racer over 2 seasons - without a whimper. Class looks and comments from adoring italophiles.
Weaknesses: Paint. But I have yet to own an Italian bike that the paint stayed on...I have had a Daccordi, a Romani, a Ciocc, 2 Colnago and 4 De Rosa...paint on all of them....rubbish.
This is the second Merak I have owned, the first broke in two when some idiot opened the crash barrier in the National Circuit Championships, and I hit it at about 35mph. That was really light, and a great frame - little flex and superlight. I replaced it with a 2004 Merak, not as light, but a great frame - I have raced it for 2 years, and have replaced it this year for a King. The Merak is now my training bike, but the biggest issue that I have is that the silver / chrome paint falls off and needs to be changed by De Rosa - which they have done - I now have a Merak, 2004 in 2007 colours; brilliant after sales service - direct from De Rosa- don't waste your time with the 'principle outlet' go to the factory, if you can. I flew my De Rosa to them, met Danillo De Rosa...they are the absolute pinnacle of what prestige bike building is about. I love my bikes, and none more so that my De Rosas.
Strengths: ***Flawless contruction. The frame looks, feels, and performs like it was handbuilt by a master craftsman.
***Very stable at high speeds.
***This is subjective, but the frame has a masterfully handbuilt "vibe."
***Those "who know" cycling legend show a lot of respect to the bike.
Weaknesses: ***To my body, the ride is harsh. Personally, I like this feeling "the road," but it does tire the body. Mine is a very stiff, full-racing frame/fork (Mizuno carbon).
Mine is the first-generation, all aluminum, gold/black finish year 2000, 53 cm. This bike was designed for high-speed professional road racing. It handles extremely quickly and is very stable at high speeds. Accelerates like a Cheetah and climbs like a cloud. The ride is pretty harsh, but a person really feels "in touch" with the road - I like that.
Similar Products Used: 1970 Chiorda Gimondi.
1997 Trek 8500 mountainbike.
1999 Klein "Race".
Bike Setup: ***All 2000 Shimano DuraAce.
***Wheels - King road hubs, Mavic Reflex rims, DT Revolution Spokes, Vittoria Corsa EVO-CX tubulars.
***Deda Newton oversize bar & stem. Deda Black Stick carbon seatpost, Fizik Aliante Carbon TwinFlex saddle.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2006
Strengths: cornering, smoothness of ride, beauty
I've ridden this bike for over two years now and absolutely love it. It climbs, it sprints, it corners. I have never desired another bike in the time that I've had the De Rosa. As far as I am concerned, I found the perfect ride!
Strengths: Quite simply you go faster for the same effort. I have several other quality road bikes with similar kit. With the same wheels in this bike is between 5 and 10% faster around my 1 hour 'quickie' route of country lanes when riding at a constant base HR. In a time trial I can do a short 22 minute 10 on my local course without tri bars or pointy hat, etc. Road racing (limited) it is awesome, remaining comfortable over long distances. End of eulogy.
Weaknesses: You are joking yeah?
I have the soft paint finish. Bit of a devil to keep clean but it looks super.
This bike just leaves me wondering what is so different about it that means you ride up to 10% faster than on other high quality bikes. Staggering.
I just seeking some advice from some of you lot out there in relation to a potential new purchase of a De Rosa Merak Evolution.
Admittedly this is something of a forced purchase given the fact that I have recently sustained a crack in the left seat stay as a consequence of an accid ... Read More »
Just bought a nice Merak from 2004 but it needs some TLC, so looking for a bit of advice really as De Rosas are a whole new thing for me, but just loving my new commuter.
Frame is a bit pitted inparts so would like to restore it but not sure best way to go about it. Also need advice on a suit ... Read More »
I am thinking about getting a Merak, but have been wondering about the seat post. I haven't used a Selle Italia SLR before, but really like my Arione, what if I want to use a saddle OTHER than an SLR? I looked on the Selle Italia page, which is poorly laid out :( and the only saddle I ... Read More »
I'm looking at getting a 2012 Merak, but I'll need their biggest size, the 73.5 or BR 58cm (same thing).
I just havent been able to find any pics of them in that size on the net. Would really like to see how the frame looks in that big size before I buy. I've contacted De Rosa, and oddly enough, ... Read More »