Although we're used to seeing fairly exotic-looking road bikes, city bikes generally tend to be rather boring and business-like. But that certainly isn't the case with De Rosa's new Metamorphosis. It was made in collaboration with famed Italian design house Pininfarina, and can also be set up as a gravel bike.
Probably best known for its work on cars such as Ferraris, Pininfarina has designed bikes with De Rosa before, plus it's also put out a couple of e-bikes under its own name. The Metamorphosis, however, is being billed as "The first sport utility bike in the world designed by De Rosa and Pininfarina."
Although not a great deal of specs have been provided, we do know that it features an internally-molded monocoque carbon fiber frame, 40mm-profile aluminum rims with 700 x 42C tires, hydraulic disc brakes, a belt drive, and an 8-speed Shimano Alfine rear hub transmission.
Buyers can choose between three frame sizes, along with Urban or Gravel configurations – the former features a flat handlebar, comfort-oriented saddle and slick tires, while the latter has a drop bar, performance-oriented saddle and tires with a more pronounced tread.
There's currently no word on availability or pricing, but … don't expect it to be cheap.
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