Ugo De Rosa was born on January 27, 1934 in Milan, Italy andis certainly one of the best frame builders of all time. His passion for racing led him to study mechanics and engineering at a technical college, and later in the early 1950s he opened his first shop and commenced the manufacture of racing bicycles. He supplied many champions with his high-end bicycles (Gianni Motta, Eddy Merckx and Francesco Moser…) and also manufactured masterpieces which strongly influenced the cycling industry with his amazing bikes from Cusano Milanino, Italy.
DeRosa’s statement from 1999 about new aluminium frames: ”The racing bike finally assumed the role it had earned on the two-wheels panorama, undergoing continuous technical updates. Aluminium alloys had now been used for years also on frames for road bikes. Sometimes this was done without due consideration, too superficially. To avoid this pitfall, De Rosa began making alloy frames only when that material had no more secrets for him. It was with that attention, that philosophy combining tradition and evolution, that masterpieces like Merak took shape, frames that are appreciated all over the world.”
We are proud to offer one of these beauties to you. New old stock, DeRosa Merak Team 1999, completely built with superb Campahgnolo Record 10s groupset and Mavic SUP Ceramic wheelset. A unique example of Ugo De Rosa’s legacy, for true collectors and enthusiasts.
Frame & Fork: De Rosa Merak Team, Dedacciai SC61.10A
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10s
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10s
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 53/39
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record
Stem: Deda 110mm
Handlebar: Deda Anatomic 250 42cm (c-c)
Shifters / Brake Levers: Campagnolo Record 10s
Brakes: Campagnolo Record
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Rims: Mavic Open SUP Ceramic
Tires: Vredestein Fortezza
Seat: Selle Italia Flite Titanium
Seatpost: DeRosa Titanium 27,2mm
Handlebar tape: Silva, De Rosa
Bottle cage: Titanium
Pedals: Look Anatomic Carbon 256
Condition: NOS. The frame is in excellent condition, few tinny touch-ups. No dents, no cracks or bends. Groupset and components are in mint condition.