Het Britse Road.cc voelde de Milanino – het instapmodel – van De Rosa aan de tand. Ik zette hieronder de rij-impressies uit die test voor je op een rijtje.
“The Milanino rides as well as it looks. A combination of the frame’s stiffness and that tight geometry sees it accelerate and change direction the instant you ask it to, which gives the rider huge confidence when faced with technical road sections. The steering is quick, as quick as you’d want it without it becoming twitchy and it weights up nicely when the speed increases.
The stiffness of the frame doesn’t transfer to an unpleasant ride. It can get a bit bumpy on poor road surfaces but the bars and stem have enough flex to take out the majority of the road buzz plus the compact frame design leaves a lot of exposed seatpost which also provides a bit of give. The lack of any seriously oversized tube diameters also comes into play here and can see vibration resonating through the frame.
Get into the hills and you still won’t find anything to ruin your mood. Yes, the climbing is a bit muted thanks to the weight of the Fulcrum 7 wheels. That’s mostly only noticeable when the gradient really ramps up; on shallower gradients and short power climbs though the De Rosa flies.
Come back down the other side and the Milanino is beautifully balanced. Get low at the front end and let the bike do the work as everything comes together, the quick steering, stiff frame and fork plus the Centaur brakes control the speed excellently without fear of locking up. On the up side the wheels are pretty bombproof. They are still running true and the hubs are smooth.
The Grand Prix tyres are very grippy and seem to be wearing well. The test miles have covered everything the British summer had to offer and the tyre surface is devoid of cuts or visits from the puncture fairy. Dry grip is very good giving lots of feedback as to what is going on while in the wet there was very little of the usual Continental skittishness.
So, 10/10 for the Milanino then? Well not quite, the Prologo saddle is pretty harsh. It does get better as you put more miles in but it is still going to test you on longer rides. The wheels, as I’ve said are heavy and the Milanino really deserves a lighter set of hoops to get the best out of the frame. Other than those two minor quibbles there is very little to spoil the party.”
De volledige review en meer foto’s vind je hier.
(Tekst: Stuart Kerton)
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