Until recently, steel has been the material of choice for Ugo DeRosa and his sons. They have analyzed many options over the years, but were never satisfied with their performance. That is why, when DeRosa told us of his interest in Titanium several years ago. The waiting ended in the '94 season. The DeRosa Titanio, like so many DeRosa's before it, has already proven itself on the European pro circuit having been ridden extensively by the successful Gewiss/Balan team throughout the '94 season. Constructed of 3/2.5 Titanium tubing, DeRosa chooses a bottom bracket shell and dropouts of 6/4 Titanium for extra strength. Since a bicycle's fork plays such a crucial role in the ride and handling, DeRosa is unwilling to leave its design or construction to others. The new Titanio is supplied with a special unicrown fork of Columbus Genius. The fork is specifically designed to work with the dynamics of the frame to provide the proper handling and balance.
Strengths: Looks, handling, craftsmanship, heritage and materials.
I met Doriano De Rosa, the builder in Italy and got a great tour of the factory. I can vouch for the fact that De Rosd aframes are made at the factory in Milano.
Weaknesses: None unless cost is a factor for you.
Excellent and beautiful Italian art. It rides sure, firm and smooth. Handles impeccably and descends on a rail. Very comfortable. It has a nice quality road feel that my De Rosa King doesn't pick up.
Similar Products Used: De Rosa King. Specialized S-Worksn Festina team bike (that I love as well).
Bike Setup: Full Campy Record with compact cranks. K-Sword bars and stem, Eurus wheels.
from Europe - Austria
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2000
Strengths: It´s still the best bike I´ve ever ridden! It´s smooth and flies over the road and it is light but stiff enough to ride hard. The frame is "made su misura" and fitts perfectly.
Weaknesses: I´m sorry - I have not found a single weak part on it. It´s a "little bit" expensive
If you are interested in an custom-made ("su misura") De Rosa Titanio EOS you will have to wait for it a few month, but I tell you that each day is worth waiting for such a great bike. The frame is perfectly welded and the craftmanship is outstanding. I´m sure it will last very long and will be "like new" (it´s not painted !) in many years.