De Rosa Sk Pininfarina – Test ride
is an original project made in collaboration with the independent Italian car design firm. Blending De Rosa’s technological perfection with Pininfarina’s elegant aesthetic, the result is a fast looking bicycle.
How does it ride?
Well, it’s fast. Very fast actually. The test bike was equipped with Camagnolo EPS, an FSA cockpit and Bora 50 tubular wheelset. The bike was taken on a regular loop which involves a mixture of flat terrain, a steady 10km climb and a relatively technical descent. Any input on the pedals was met with an immediate injection of pace.
On the relatively flat lead-up to the climb, it was reassuringly easy to sit at 40 kph and to maintain this pace. A nice surprise is how well the bike climbs. The frame is so responsive to inputs that that you can push a bigger gear on a climb and it really highlighted that this bike isn’t just a one trick pony.
Descending is a blast, the frame is well balanced and the direct mount brakes provide excellent braking. The bike begs to be thrashed all the time and for this reason, it’s ideal for racing and KOM hunters.