De Rosa and Pininfarina have unveiled a new high-end racing bicycle. Dubbed the De Rosa SK Pininfarina, the bike is the outcome of a first joint project by the two Italian companies.
Weighing in at 6.7 kg, the bike is equipped with a carbon-fibre frame that is said to have been produced with a new kind of inner mold tooling system that uses 3D printing and a “special resin”. The frame, which is to be made available in eight different sizes, is combined with a full carbon saddle, as well as deep section Vision Metron 81 wheels.
Pininfarina says the design is the result of “painstaking” analyses of stiffness, weight and material properties, resulting in “excellent aerodynamics”. Solutions adopted to minimise drag include internal wiring, an 86.5 mm wide bottom bracket shell, and a 1 1/8″ and 1 1/4″ tapered steerer tube.
“In its design, the SK Pininfarina personifies the elegance and the pure and clean lines that have always characterised Pininfarina and De Rosa’s creations. In designing the new bike, the styling centre in Cambiano, Turin, has captured the essentiality that is the trademark of Pininfarina’s creative research, interpreting the high-tech contents applied by the historic bicycle maker,” say the designers.
De Rosa’s collaboration with Pininfarina follows in the footsteps of other automotive-influenced bike designs such as those made by Specialized and Colnago, which were developed with McLaren and Ferrari respectively.