Racer Rosa custom carbon review - an Italian superbike for the cognoscenti... with rim brakes

Bespoke geometry, custom paintjob, handmade in Italy... if you love a classic road bike unsullied by disc brakes, Di2 and dirt tyres London-based Italian brand Racer Rosa will build it

Racer Rosa custom carbon
(Image credit: Philip Sowels/Cycling Weekly)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

When you're paying £4,700 for a frameset you have a right to expect everything to be perfect. This Racer Rosa has bespoke geometry, it's handmade in Italy by Daccordi, it's designed for the type of brakes and gears I want rather than what the industry tells me I need and it has my own paintjob. Basically, if it isn't perfect I've only got myself to blame - so I'm glad to report that it 100% is.

Reasons to buy
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    Custom geometry

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    Custom paint

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    Fast ride

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    Handmade in Italy

Reasons to avoid
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What if you want a brand-new, high-quality, lightweight, modern carbon bike but you prefer rim brakes, a mechanical groupset and you don’t need clearance for balloon tyres to ride ‘all road’? 

Call me old fashioned, set in my ways and even grumpy (guilty as charged) but as I see it the bike industry’s efforts over the last decade or so to fix things that ain’t broke means less choice - and more expense - for the consumer.

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