A gorgeous full carbon bike from the Italian Artisan Frame Builders at De Rosa. High modulus frame and full monocoque tapered fork. Being responsive and using your power efficiently are key to the design of the Merak Evolution and this comes through in the oversized bottom bracket and headtube areas which transfer every watt of power into forward motion, and the aero seat tube and (new for 2012) tricolore aero carbon seatpost which help you cheat the wind. And of course, like any De Rosa, it looks amazing and will be the pride of your club run!
Full Monocoque Carbon Tapered Fork
Aero Tricolore Carbon Seat Post (with standard saddle rail fitting)
Alloy Aero Seat Clamp
De Rosa Merak Evolution Frameset (Black/Red or Black/Green)
Campagnolo Athena Carbon 11 speed groupset with Chorus chain and 12-25 cassette
Fulcrum Racing 5 Wheelset
3T Ergosum Pro Drop Bars, Arx Pro Stem and Pro bar Tape
Prologo Zero Degree Ti 1.4 Saddle Black/White
Continental Ultra Sport Tyres & Continental Race 28 tubes
Bike Weight in 55cm 7.5kg
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Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous Amazing bike, super light and looks gorgeous.......... BUT, I think mine was built on a friday afternoon!
The bike wasnt set up properly, gears wouldnt shift, levers were at differant angles, bartape had gaps in, frame was marked around the headtube where the headset was fitted, the front brake caliper was scratched, there were no bottle cage bolts (probably because the boss threads were so full of cr@p the bolts wouldnt go in) ..........err I think thats all!
The bike turned up in a massive CRC box (which was open) so I didnt know if I was missing anything (phoneing CRC didnt really help). Other online retailers state this bike should come with a carbon bottle cage, which I also did not receive, again probably because the bolts wouldnt go in.
Im so glad I didnt pay full price for this. Its not really what you expect when buying a £3000 bike!
08 December 2012
Is a 55.5cm De Rosa merak a similar size, or larger/ smaller, to a regular 56cm/ Large road bike? I'm aware that De Rosa size their bikes in an unusual way and I can't figure out the geometry charts, I think I might be a bit dim!
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