Het Britse Road Cycling UK reed begin dit jaar met een De Rosa Milanino. IR verzamelde de highlights op het gebied van de rij-eigenschappen uit die test.
“We’re big believers in the value of quality aluminium over budget carbon fibre and the Milanino Training is another fine example to add weight to our argument. It’s not the most sophisticated frameset on the face of it, it doesn’t have the tapered headtube of an aluminium rival like the Kinesis Racelight TK3 and carries more a little more weight (a claimed 1,400g for a small frame) than lightweight alloy options like the Canyon Ultimate AL SLX, but ultimately it’s a really fun bike to ride.
“It’s a responsive machine which gives plenty back when riding fast”
The Milanino Training has a lively, sharp ride quality. It’s round tubes may lack the bulk of more oversized offerings but the frame responds extremely well to pressure on the pedals. It’s a responsive machine which gives plenty back when riding fast and that’s thanks in part to the reasonably racy geometry, and not least the short 40.3cm chainstays, which contribute to the De Rosa’s willingness to accelerate. The compact 16cm headtube also strikes a good balance between low-end race bike and all-day comfort. We’ve ridden the Milanino Training on long club runs, short blasts around a local training loop and on the commute through London’s urban sprawl and it’s felt at home throughout.
“It feels as aluminium should: connected with the road but by no means harsh.”
It rides like a race bike, however, and the handling contributes significantly to that. The Milanino Training is sharp under hand but never feels twitchy and it responds confidently to changes in direction – it’s a superbly balanced ride. The days of bone-shaking aluminium frames are, by and large, behind us and the Milanino Training is further evidence of that. It feels as aluminium should: connected with the road but by no means harsh. It doesn’t have the plush ride of some carbon fibre frames but neither is it uncomfortable.
“The Milanino proves that metal is a viable alternative to entry-level carbon fibre”
The frame’s inherent stiffness means it climbs well, but steady gradients are seen off with greater ease than steep pitches. The Milanino Training’s 8.5kg overall weight is good given the aluminium frame and winter build, but a significant amount of weight is in the entry-level Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels. They’re absolutely fine for winter but, as ever, you’ll get more out of the rest of the bike with an upgrade.
There is no shortage of quality aluminium frames on the market and the Milanino Training is another that proves that metal is a viable alternative to entry-level carbon fibre – it’s a stunning frame with a ride quality to match. It’s not cheap for an aluminium frame with an entry-level groupset, but you’re getting plenty for your money besides Italian flair.”
(Tekst en foto: George Scott)