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De Rosa unveils new lighter weight Protos

Latest incarnation of race bike is 20% lighter with the same stiffness to weight ratio as previously

De Rosa has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Protos race bike that’s said to be lighter than before with the same stiffness to weight ratio. 

"De Rosa is able to offer the new Protos with 20% less weight than its predecessor by re-engineering the tubes while maintaining the same stiffness to weight ratio," according to the Italian brand.  

The frame is made from four types of carbon-fibre that are merged together to form what De Rosa calls CM63.

The new bike will be ridden by the Nippo Fantini Pro Continental team this year. It will be equipped with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS V3 groupset, Campagnolo wheels, FSA Attack handlebars and saddles from Selle Italia. 

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That’s about all the info that has been released on the new Protos so far. We’ll give you more details, including pricing, when we have them.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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