While most new bikes are unveiled amid a flurry of claims about how they will save you X number of watts or are so many grams lighter than their competitors, it seems very Italian for the new De Rosa SK Pininfarina simply to be billed as “the perfect synthesis of style and performance”.
As you can probably guess from the name, this bike is the culmination of a project between De Rosa and the Pininfarina car brand. This certainly isn’t the first such collaboration with Specialized and Colnago having worked with McLaren and Ferrari respectively in the development of their high-end bikes.
The De Rosa SK Pininfarina frame uses what De Rosa calls its “inner mold tooling system”. This uses 3D printing and special resin, which the company says provides the ultimate blend of stiffness and low weight. As you’d expect, this is combined with comfort, thanks to the fact that the carbon fibre is apparently woven by hand in the De Rosa factory.
The bike also has everything you’d expect from an aerodynamic frame. There’s internal wiring, even if it’s not as well integrated as what you see on the Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS and the Scott Foil, as well as a 1 1/8″ to 1 1/4″ tapered head tube for a super slender front profile. There are also direct mount brakes which are located in the normal places.
This frame is combined with deep section Vision Metron 81 wheels, which will come with Pininfarina decals to match the frame, a very neat FSA Plasma integrated bar and stem combo, and an aerodynamic seatpost.
The De Rosa SK Pininfarina will be available in a range of builds. Well, when I say a range of builds, I mean anything ranging from Campagnolo Super Record EPS to just plain old mechanical Super Record. You do however get a choice of colours: black, blue and black, red and black, and black and red.
Finally, you’re probably wondering how much this stunning bike is going to cost, and whether you can afford it. Well, there aren’t any official prices yet, but we’re guessing somewhere north of ten grand.