There's something cool about Italian bikes and that's why we make a beeline for them when we arrive at Eurobike. Here are some of the most eye-catching that we've spotted so far at this year's show.
De Rosa SK Pininfarina
This bike was revealed at noon today, a joint project between De Rosa and Pininfarina, an Italian company that specialises in the automotive industry, luxury goods, and architecture (that’s quite a mix!).
The bike has a tapered head tube and a 86.5mm bottom bracket shell for stiffness, and dual pivot direct mount brakes.
All the components are Italian, including the Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset.
De Rosa says that the bike weighs 6.7kg (14.7lb).
Bianchi claims a frame weight of just 780g for the 55cm model.
The Specialissima features Bianchi’s exclusive CounterVail (CV) technology. CounterVail is a viscoelastic carbon material that’s embedded within the frame’s carbon layup, the idea being that it cancels out road vibration to reduce muscle fatigue and save energy while improving handling and control.
Wilier GTR SL
Wilier has just added the GTR SL to its range. The bike is designed to be versatile: light enough for racing but comfortable enough for those who don’t want to compete.
Wilier has also added the GTR Team to its range and they’re identical in terms of geometry, but they use different blends of carbon and the GTR SL is considerably lighter; Wilier says that it has a 990g frame compared to the GTR Team’s 1,190g.
We don’t know a lot about this bike because Cipollini is talking everyone through it for the first time later today, but we thought you’d like a sneak preview anyway.
You can see that it has an integrated fork crown, a dropped down tube and a seat tube that is cutaway around the leading edge of the rear wheel.
We’ll get the full story to you as soon as possible.
The AR-01 is Carrera’s new aero race bike.
“The flexibility of Carrera’s AR-01 3BrakeSystem allows for multiple optional configurations: calliper brakes, disc brakes and/or direct mount brakes,” says Carrera. It’s covering all bases there, then.
One other interesting feature is the stem that’s integrated into the top tube. This is something that we’ve seen on time trial/triathlon bikes for a while now and Look has a similar design on its 795.
Guerciotti Eureka SHM50
This is the bike ridden by Pro Continental team CCC-Sprandi-Polkowice. The frame is made from 30 ton/45 ton/60 ton carbon fibre and has a claimed weight of 990g.
That’s a direct mount Shimano Dura-Ace on the front with a Tektro rear brake hidden away behind the bottom bracket.
Still, another quick look can’t hurt.
Go to our previous story for all the details.
Hersh uses T800 carbon fibre for its Disc frame that comes with an integrated fork crown. The seatstays are flattened, the idea being to provide more comfort at the back.
The Adriatica 1946 is built around a lugged high tensile steel frame and fork. It comes with 8-speed gearing from MicroShift and Sunrace.
At 13kg (28.6lb) it’s no lightweight, but we do like the cool paint job and sweptback bars.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.