De Rosa Planet

De Rosa Planet 1998-1999

This one has been my racing bike for one season. It’s a Dedacciai 7003 aluminium frame from the year 1998, the same was used by the professional team Riso Scotti the same year. The particularity of this frame is its exceptional painting; De Rosa indeed released a small amount of frames in the blue-yellow colour of the unfortunately no longer existing Team Ferraro of Arma di Taggia, Italy. I estimate the total amount of those frames to 30-40 pieces maximum.
The frame came with its steel fork, I added the 1999 Campagnolo Chorus group and other components the following year.
Here below the listing of the components and the pictures. Enjoy!

- De Rosa Planet frame with aluminium 7003 tubing made by Dedacciai. The size is a standard 51x53 cm.
- De Rosa steel fork, painted.
- PMP titanium seat post.
- Selle Italia Flite titanium saddle, black leather.
- De Rosa alloy seat post clamp.
- 3ttt status stem, 110 mm.
- 3ttt Ergo Power 2 round “Belgian” handlebar, 43 cm.
- Campagnolo Chorus bearings.
- Campagnolo Chorus 9s ergopower levers from 1999.
- Elite Ciussi water bottle cage.
- Campagnolo Chorus bottom bracket.
- Campagnolo Chorus crank set, 9s in 170 mm length, chain rings 53 and 39.
- Campagnolo Record pedals, Look system.
- Campagnolo Chorus brakes.
- Campagnolo Record 9s front derailleur.
- Campagnolo Chorus 9s rear mech.
- Campagnolo Record 9s chain.
- Ambrosio Excellence rims, light blue anodised finish, for tyres.
- Alpina spokes.
- Campagnolo Chorus hubs, 9s.
- Campagnolo Chorus 9s cassette, 13-23.
- Vittoria Corsa CX tyres, 19 mm section, yellow and black.
- De Rosa blue handlebar tape.

The De Rosa Planet is with certainty one of the best bikes I have ever ridden. First of all it’s a very resistant frame, with a perfect finish and welding. It is reactive, fast and still very comfortable for an aluminium frame. The PMP seat post adds some comfort in my opinion too. No wonder that a professional team adopted it as their race machine in 1998.