Collaborations between marque automobile companies and bike brands are nothing new. Colnago was perhaps the first to do so with Ferrari decades ago, joining two iconic Italian houses in pursuit of two-wheel perfection instead of the usual four.
The latest to embark upon such a partnership are De Rosa and the vaunted Italian automobile design firm of Pininfarina to create the Metamorphosis sport bike.
Pininfarina has designed bikes alongside De Rosa before such as company’s flagship SK road bike, as well as a couple of high end e-bikes under its own name as well. But, the Metamorphosis is being touted as “the first sport utility bike in the world designed by De Rosa and Pininfarina.”
While neither company has been very forthcoming with details about the Metamorphosis, there’s every indication the bike features an intricately molded monocoque carbon fiber frame, hydraulic disc brakes and a belt drive system coupled to Shimano’s 8-speed Alfine rear hub transmission.
Deep-pocketed customers can choose between three frame sizes, along with an “Urban” or “Gravel” configuration, which are distinguished by either a flat or drop style handlebar.
There’s currently no word on availability or pricing, but needless to say, lucky recipients should expect to lay down plenty of lira.
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Metamorphosis is born with two souls. An urban soul made of elegance and a unique style that make it the ideal bike for moving around in contemporary metropolises. And a sporting soul, made of performance and technology that transform it into the ideal companion for sport and for off-road trips. Metamorphosis has been shaped in the image and of the modern gentleman. A sophisticated creature, with infinite interests and performance in every sector of contemporary action.
THE EXTRAORDINARY VERSATILITY OF METAMORPHOSIS
De Rosa and Pininfarina present, in museum of Cambiano, the first Sport Utility Bike. A body with dynamic shapes like the more sporty Pininfarina cars. A monocoque inner mold carbon frame, lightweight and suitable for performance. A group of transmission Shimano Alfine 8 Speed group. 40mm high profile aluminum wheels that ensure comfort without neglecting the sliding speed. But above all the extraordinary versatility of a bicycle capable of interpreting the needs of contemporary life. The companion of every day to move effectively and sustainably. Metamorphosis is able to transform itself from urban to gravel bike by choosing two set-up options. With the Comfort saddle and handlebar, maximum comfort is ensured in urban travel. It easily transforms into a performing gravel bike by replacing the same set-ups with their Sport version. Finally, the toothed belt transmission ensures maximum peace of mind and smoothness both in the city and off-road.
THE WORDS OF THE PROTAGONISTS
“It is the birth of a new category that until yesterday did not exist”, says Cristiano De Rosa, Director of De Rosa. “The choice of the best materials by De Rosa, combined with the attention to detail that has always been a symbol of Pininfarina excellence, has led us to a unique product in its aesthetics and versatility.” “Metamorphosis is not a new bicycle but a new way of thinking and living the bicycle”, says Paolo Pininfarina, President of the Pininfarina Group. “An object with a strong personality capable of high performance in different contexts, from the city to natural environments. The innate propensity of Pininfarina to imagine new scenarios has found in De Rosa an extraordinary partner to make them real. ”
The new bike goes to expand the De Rosa Pininfarina family of bikes, born from the collaboration between the two Italian excellences that share with each other values and perfection to detail
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