by Andrea Fossati
Widely known as "The Master", Ugo De Rosa manufactured masterpieces which strongly influenced the history of the sport of cycling over the years. Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Gianni Motta and Moreno Argentin are a few of the numerous champions who rode De Rosa frames to epic victories.
From the winning collaborations with the Faema and Sanson teams to the glorious duo with the great Eddy Merckx, Ugo De Rosa has been always known amongst professional cyclists for a particular meticulousness and attention to the very last detail like a few other builders.
Born in 1934 in Milano, Ugo De Rosa started manufacturing bicycles in 1953 but the retail distribution was first launched in the 1970s. The De Rosa Strada Record was the absolute top model in the 70s catalogue.
Built with light and sturdy Columbus SL tubes, the Strada Record illustrates refined details, like precisely filled lugs with millimeter tolerances and heart-shaped cut-outs.
As for the aesthetic, the De Rosa Strada is a typical 70s racing machine with an unmistakable austere style, yet very elegant.
This particular De Rosa Strada dates back to 1971 and is in good, original condition. Fully fitted with a Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset, this beauty has been furthermore fully serviced by Steel Vintage Bikes in their Berlin workshop where they made sure it is ready to tackle the Strade Bianche of the next Eroica adventure!
Cinelli stem, bars and saddle, Nisi rims and an Everest chain complete this extremely fine vintage setup. A racing bicycle with history and pedigree.
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