The Protos is De Rosa’s most iconic bike. Its design is truly revolutionary. Many other manufacturers are now trying to replicate the oversized downtube and compliance characteristics of this frame. Stiffness and power are of utmost importance in the world of competitive cycling and it is perhaps that, above all else, that truly captures the essence of the Protos.
Overall stiffness is at the forefront of every design decision, but nowhere is this as evident as in the Protos down tube. The Protos tubes is big and boxy for maximum stiffness. It is constructed with a combination of T800, T1000 and XN600. This combination makes for some of the stiffest and strongest carbon available. It is additionally woven with more flexible carbon in key strategic places. The result is massive power transfer for sprints and climbing but still comfortable long rides.
The Protos includes a harmonic damping system in the rear to tame rutted roads. The chainstays and seatstays have a wide-narrow pattern that enhances comfort and drivetrain efficiency. All this makes for an unexpectedly smooth, comfortable ride.
The Protos frame is internally butted, removing the carbon internally where it isn’t needed. The resultant frame weight is only around 900g, so the bike can be built very light with the right components. Lightness and power are a magic recipe to win races, combine that with a good level of comfort and you have an incredible race bike.
Adding a disc brake system is just one more way in which DeRosa provides the versatility required for cyclist and bicycle to merge the nuances of their individual souls.
Warranty: 2 year official factory warranty
Lead time: 4-6 Weeks
*Groupsets and wheelsets used on frames will vary compared to the images.
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Pedals: Look Keo Blade
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa Graphene
Extras: De Rosa Elite Vico Carbon Bottle Cage
Weight: Frame 920 grams, Fork 370 grams