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Old 07-30-2021, 09:07 PM
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De Rosa Primato

Just picked up this beauty from The Pros Closet. First time I’ve ever dealt with them but I just happened to come across it as I was perusing their inventory.
I raced on a De Rosa Professional for several years way back when, then had a Primato that I sold because I didn’t like the turquoise color (dumb). I have been looking casually for one for the last few years, and was talking to somebody about theirs on eBay and this one came into my sites. Pretty much irresistible, being the right size, ELOS, red, a perfect Joe Bell paint job, and nice combination of period and modern group set-mainly Chorus 8 with TB-14 rims.
I took some quick pics after I switched out the saddle and seatpost, which were black. White tape will be applied soon. I plan on really enjoying this one.
I have to say dealing with TPC was really enlightening in a good way: the sales rep, Matthew, was professional and followed up on my questions. Packing was pro. Price is also very reasonable. All in all, very pleased.
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Old 07-30-2021, 09:33 PM
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That's a real beauty, enjoy!
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Old 08-01-2021, 12:29 PM
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That's pretty sweet, wow, an original Primato with a Joe Bell paint job, in red.
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Old 08-01-2021, 01:45 PM
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what an incredible find.that bike looks absolutely pristine.congrats.
any idea what is the max tire on that is 25 or 28? from those pics the fork crown looks like the limiting factor but chainstays are pretty narrow too
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Old 08-01-2021, 03:01 PM
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That looks fantastic -- especially the bottom bracket lug!
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Old 08-02-2021, 08:06 AM
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Awesome. I have one that I’m currently selling. They’re superb bikes and in this case it’s actually good that yours has a JB paint because it’s probably a lot more durable than the original. Primato paint is born to chip. I’ve had to put clear tape on mine to protect it.

My only complaint is I can’t get anything bigger than 23-24 tires on it. I also have TB14 rims.

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Old 08-04-2021, 06:59 PM
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Thanks, folks. It certainly is a keeper, and I mean that truly. 100 feet into the ride I was flashed back to my original Primato, the comfort, the buttery smoothness. It’s all there, and this one fits me better.
The build is nice as well. I have a couple of bikes now with Chorus and Record eight speed groups and they really nice. An added bonus on this one is that the rear cassette body is almost silent while coasting, which is something I really like.
In answer to the tire size question, this bike came with Vittoria Rubino 25s on it. Looks like an easy clear to 28s in the rear. The front might be a bit tight under the Campy caliper.
Enjoy the portraiture shots from a 25 mile shakedown ride.
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Old 08-05-2021, 06:10 AM
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So nice!. My era. Those and Cioccs were to die for.
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Old 08-05-2021, 07:38 AM
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Wow - that is a beauty!

Is it just me or is that seat tube angle really slack?
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Old 08-05-2021, 07:40 AM
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Really nice bike, fine example of its kind. Congrats!

About tire clearances... I've one very highly regarded, old, Italian stage race bike, and there is more tire clearance in the front (e.g. 30-31 mm comfortably) than in the rear, where the brake bridge is too close... With your frame and my fork!..

Now, I've another old, Italian bike with essentially identical geometry to the first, but it comfortably clears 32 mm tires front and back, with room for fenders. Same Columbus SP tubeset, as far as I can tell. There is no perceptible ride difference between the two bikes.

So, I've been wondering why builders who are supposedly good at their craft limit clearances... This forum and others abound with photos of supposedly road-going bikes with nary a couple of millimeters between the tire and seat tube, and brake pads at the top of their slots on already short-reach calipers... To what benefit? Is it because they purposely want to restrict the use of their bike to tires of a certain size, in order to achieve particular handling characteristics?..
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Old 08-05-2021, 11:29 AM
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Thanks for the compliments, guys.
Seat tube angle is 72.5°. Those angles always look slacker to me in photographs for some reason.
@Pastashop: I think the reason for lack of tire clearance on some frames is the expectation that smaller tires are expected to be used, so shorter chain stays for ofr handling characteristics and lower brake bridges would allow pads to be mounted higher in the calipers for more direct brake feel.
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