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Nov 26th 2013
De Rosa Superking 888 with Athena EPS

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Knockout.

De Rosa is a name deeply rooted in road racing culture.

Ugo De Rosa’s handbuilt steel bicycles were piloted by Merckx, Moser, and Motta to victories at the highest level of the sport.

Regarded for years as both works of art, and workhorse racing bikes, the De Rosa brand continues to make viable, contemporary bicycle frames.

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Much of their production is carried out in Taiwan, though their steel and titanium models are still hand fabricated in Italy.

The design of their carbon bikes focuses on combining performance characteristics with an innovative edge. Elements like a downtube charging port for an EPS battery highlight this priority.

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The Superking 888 is a fully Campagnolo EPS compatible frameset.

The EPS battery/ brain is housed within the downtube. Emanating out from here, hidden wires run to a set of servomotor-equipped Athena derailleurs, and electronic Athena shifters.

To keep weight low, Record brakes and cranks were spec’d, as were the excellent Campagnolo Shamal Ultra wheels.

These wheels are available in the Two-Way Fit, tubeless version seen here. When paired with Hutchinson tubeless tires, and a bit of latex sealant, they offer a safe, nearly puncture-proof ride.

The bars are a favourite of ours, the Deda Presa carbon. Wrapped in glossy white Fizik Microtex tape, this De Rosa is a bit of a heartbreaker.

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