TECH FEATURES: SECRET BIKES OF THE ITALIAN PELOTON
Team Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo De Rosa King 3
Although Stefano Garzelli and his Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo team were mysteriously not selected for the Giro d'Italia, 35 year old Garzelli has bounced back to take command of the UCI Europe Tour and is hoping for selection to the Italian team at the 2008 World Championship in his hometown of Varese, Italy. We spotted Garzelli's new De Rosa King 3 and the new nude carbon look makes the already attractive King 3 more "cattivo" (badass).
On first look, we thought Garzelli's King 3 might be a cousin of the special Idol UD prototype he rode to two stage wins in the 2007 Giro d'Italia, but the frame is a K1 high modulus Mizuno T-700SC carbon fibre with the entire frame in monocoque construction, unlike the previous DeRosa Kings, which used a monocoque front triangle mated to a tube-to-tube assembled rear triangle. Target weight of the De Rosa King 3 is 950g. for the frame
No seatpost needed on the integrated seatmast King 3, with a Fizik Alliante saddle, Dedaelementi Newton bars & stem provide the cockpit, a Campagnolo Record 10v. groupset and speedy Campagnolo Bora Ultra tubular carbon fibre wheels.
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