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De Rosa Protos Road Bike Frameset - 2016

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First in class.

Though De Rosa doesn't specify which particular frame it's using as a basepoint, it claims the Protos Road Bike Frameset's stiffness-to-weight ratio is a full 35% better than "traditional competition racing bikes." We admit that we don't have the equipment or technical know-how to properly vet this claim, which is part of the reason we eschewed the technology of testing and metrics in favor of the traditional method of determining a given frameset's qualities: we rode it.

As you might expect given its down tube, we believe that the Protos may be the stiffest road racing bike that we've ever rolled through our doors, first in class when it comes to power transfer efficiency. Taking a quick glance through the other bikes we carry should give the reader a sense of the enormity of that statement, which is itself almost as impressive a claim as the Protos' oversized down tube is large. Almost.

That titanic down tube is most notable when a crankset is mounted (the crank arms look like tiny toys next to it) and when the pedals are mashed in anger. The Protos reacts like we've always wished the Close Door buttons on elevators would; it's responsive to the point of personal injury, jumping from the speed of noodle to full-on sprint as soon as the freehub engages. There's no hesitation or wind up — it just goes.

On long, steady climbs, the huge down tube feels like it's pulling the cranks through the pedaling dead spot for you, keeping the pressure on with what may be the least amount of watts lost to bottom bracket flex that we've ever felt. Even under riders in the 176lb/80kg range, the frame is virtually impervious to flex. That aggressive efficiency is mirrored in the Protos' geometry, which is low and predatory — perfect for diving through corners on the inside line. The head tube alone measures between 20 and 30mm shorter than on models that we'd typically considered slammed for crits or fast circuit races, definitely bucking the current industry trend toward "endurance" geometries in favor of undiluted racing aggression.

Obviously, the huge down tube has some aerodynamic tradeoffs, and De Rosa doesn't roll out the claims of wind-dodging tube shaping that we've become accustomed to seeing on frames in this price point. The smooth transition between the head and down tubes and the flattened fork blades suggest a low-drag leading edge; however, given its powerful efficiency during sprints and interval-type efforts, it's pretty obvious that the Protos is built as a road racing machine instead of a triathlon bike. The same holds true for comfort. This thing is built to efficiently convey input, regardless of the source, so it isn't ideal for gravel or gran fondos.

In addition to the tube shapes, the frame owes its effort-rewarding stiffness to three different carbon fibers. Half of the material used is TI 800, which is a modulus that we typically see as the stiffest part of a frame. Here, it's the "comfort" material, which goes some way toward explaining the Protos' obscene stiffness-to-weight ratio. Key areas of power transfer are made with the even stiffer TI 1000, and a final reinforcement of XN60 carbon adds the equivalent of rocket fuel to the Protos' titanic power transfer spine.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
50% TI 800 carbon fiber, 40% TI 1000 carbon fiber, 10% XN60 carbon fiber
Wheel Size:
700 c
Fork Material:
carbon fiber
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2in
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Brake Type:
Seatpost Diameter:
31.6 mm

sizing chart

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Geometry chart

De Rosa

Geometry Chart



Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube


Head Tube


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Drop




47.1cm 44.5cm 50.77cm 11cm 75o 26.7cm 40.2cm
50.1 cm 47.5cm 51.98cm 11.75cm 75o 26.7cm 40.2cm
52.1cm 49.5cm 53.49cm 12.62cm 74.4o 26.7cm 40.4cm
54.1cm 51.5cm 54.49cm 13.47cm 73.9o 26.7cm 40.56cm
55.1cm 52.5cm 55.45cm 14.4cm 73.5o 26.7cm 40.7cm
57.1cm 54.5cm 56.5cm 15.6cm 73o 26.7cm 40.9cm
59.1cm 56.5cm 57.5cm 17cm 72.6o 26.7cm 41.1cm
61.1cm 58.5cm 58.93cm 19cm 72.6o 26.7cm 41.1cm

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    I just got the De Rosa Protos White 59.1. This came about after I cracked my Beloved Eddy Merckx Titanium. I had 15 yrs and 80,000 miles on it and I though it would out last me...Not. All this 6ft 2" 190 lbs male can say is I feel like I'm on a Tesla...I feel 30 % stronger the acceleration is instant... cornering is smooth and tracking "slot car". I was depressed when Eddy cracked now I'm just as if not more jazzed about riding. Not only does it ride fantastically well and look awesome BUT I got 55% off on it. Well done Competitive Cyclist.

    Hi !
    Regarding the De Rosa Protos, the size in the chart is it measure from center to center (c-c) ?

    Yes; all tubes are measured center to center, unless otherwise specified, as the seat tube which is measure center to top (c-t).

    If I can assist with sizing in any way, or with anything else, please feel free to contact me directly!

    Bradley Gehrig

    Customer Account Manager

    Office: 801–204-4541