The Other DeRosa

Feb 17 2012

Here’s a real interesting EBay auction, I pulled out some text highlights but the ad is worth checking out to see this bike built by Achille DeRosa.

From time to time an “other” De Rosa shows up somewhere. These are the De Rosa bikes that are made in Pozzuoli (NA). The Fabbrica Biciclette De Rosa was founded in 1940 by Raffaele De Rosa. Immediately after WWII there were only two road bike frame builders in the Campania region: Raffaele De Rosa and Luigi Greco. Raffaelle’s son, Achille, began helping his father at age 10 and by 15 was able to build a complete frame. The family tradition of frame building continues today with Antonio, son of Achille, who also constructs full carbon frames. The family is very proud that framebuilding is now into its third generation.

When you enter their website the first thing you come to is: “ATTENZIONE !!! I CONTENUTI DI QUESTO SITO SONO COMPLETAMENTE DIVERSI ED ESTRANEI DA QUELLI DELLA DITTA DE ROSA UGO & FIGLI DI MILANO” (Attention! The contents of this site are completely diverse from the firm of Ugo De Rosa & Sons of Milano”.).

This Racing Bicycle was custom designed and built by Achille De Rosa himself in 1989. This bike won the North American Championship, came in 2nd at the California championship, 3rd for the North American over-all championship, and was used as an alternate at the Olympics!

The “Maxium” was specifically designed as an “in-country” Italian racing bike with special pantographs and “insignia.” A rare specimen from the De Rosa family located in Pozzuoli, Italy.

Very light weight, well balanced, and quality hand-built by the renowned De Rosa family!

Absolutely a unique, one-of-a-kind, collector’s item. Frame has an indented/crimped Star shaped with fluted design for superior strength. Chromed front forks. Special original Italian Tri-Colours.