De Rosa Citybike Build

This is my own citybike. Tons of photos and info after the jump.

Putting an internally geared hub on a beautiful old road frame is a bit sacrilegious, but I very much wanted a clean, steel citybike and I think this built up well. I built it with nerdy considerations like brass driveside and alloy non-driveside nipples on the rear wheel.

I went with a laid back post to run the seat forward. I like short stems for handling, and a neutral handlebar to keep it fast but not stretched. I’m impressed with the VO pedals so far; they’re quite light and grip very well. The Gran Cru brakes are amazingly stiff, and the levers seem to be Ultegra level and finish cantilever levers. I went long reach in case (god forbid) I ever go with 650B wheels on the bike.

The bike built up to 21.18 lbs, super light for an internally geared citybike.

Frame & fork: De Rosa SLX (early 90s)
Headset: Gran Cru polished
Stem: Dura-Ace NOS EX 70mm
Bars: Velo Orange Milan
Grips: ESI Silicone
Brakes: Gran Cru long reach
Levers: Shimano BL-770
Shifter: Alfine-11
Chain: KMC X10SL
Crankset: Ultegra FC-6500 (hand polished)
Bottom bracket: Dura-Ace Octalink
Pedals: Velo Orange Touring
Rims: Mavic Open Pro 32h
Spokes: DT Revolution
Front Hub: Dura-Ace NOS 7400
Rear Hub: Alfine-11 internal
Tires: Veloflex 22c
Saddle: Selle San Marco SLK
Seatpost: Gran Cru

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