Dario Pegoretti, one of the most respected frame builders in all of Italy, began his apprenticeship in 1975 with legendary builder Luigino Milani of Verona. In those days, racing pelotons often had half their racers on Milani bikes, though usually under someone else's decals. Top riders such as Roche, Battaglin, Chiappucci, Indurain, Tafi, Cipollini, Ghiroto, Fondriest, and many others relied on the Milani shop for their race bikes. Dario finished his apprenticeship in 1983 but continued building in the Milani shop until 1999. He then moved to his own shop near Trento where he and his assistant build about 250 frames per year - all by hand. Legendary Italian design, superior craftsmanship, and extraordinarily finish work make each Pegoretti frame a true one-of-a-kind masterpiece. (pictured on left, Dario hand brazing and painting one of his works of art. On right, Dario and Kyle hangin' out.)
Delivery Estimates: Currently available Pegoretti frames are listed on our web pages. These frames will typically be rustproofed, machined, and shipped within 3-6 business days of your order. We make a decided effort to keep our listings up to date but all frames are subject to prior sale. Due to the extremely limited supply of these handmade frames, all except currently available inventory begin life as a special order. Dario makes about 250 frames a year and he builds frames in model-batches depending on tube supply, etc. A reasonable estimate for TIG-welded frames ordered now (Big Leg Emma, Marcelo, Duende, Love #3) is about 7-9 months, however, this time frame cannot be guaranteed. Lugged frames (Days Done and Luigino) are done in batches and generally take longer than TIG frames. Also, due to very limited supply of stainless steel tubing, Responsoriums usually take approximately 15-20 months. Please note:A $500 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of order. This deposit is sent directly to Pegoretti. Balance will not be charged until the day the frame ships to you.
Except where Pegoretti cromoly fork is indicated, all 2014 Pegoretti frames ship with Dario's new 425 gram Falz all-carbon fork. Falz forks are painted in all-black or all-white to best match frame color.
All 2014 frames except the Luigino include a Pegoretti designed Chris King D11 headset (pics on right) for increased front end stiffness and even greater durability.
Rider feedback: BiKyle's extensive testing plus feedback from our riders is every bit as positive as Dario suggested. These frames are decidedly more buttery and lively than any other frames we've been on. On rougher surfaces comfort surpasses even a top line titanium frame, yet the ride retains the solid road feel of the finest steel. The Responsorium is an exceptional choice for riders who appreciate superior road feel and manners. Yes, a Responsorium IS worth the wait!
After several years of collaboration and testing with Columbus, the world's most trusted tubing maker, Dario Pegoretti unveiled a revolutionary frame of pure stainless steel. Not only is this the most supple frame Dario has ever make, it won't rust or corrode like other steels. The tubing is Columbus XCr stainless in Dario's exclusive shaping with Falz full carbon fork (for optional cromoly fork see below). The tubing diameters are the same as Dario's Marcelo except the chainstays are 2mm less stout. Also, the butted sections are longer and the tubing walls thinner than the Marcelo. The end result is one of the most comfortable frames ever made. Yet like every Pegoretti, it has tremendous jump when power is applied. Digitally measured frame weight is 3.7 lbs in size 55cm and Pegoretti's full carbon Falz fork weighs 425 grams. Standard 2013 color is black with stunning Venezia panels on downtube and seat tube. As each Venezia panel is hand painted the exact panel colors will be one-of-a-kind on each frame. To date, we've received frames with green panels and orange panels .... $5249.99 Add to CART
The Days Done frame is a visually stunning combination of contemporary oversized cromoly tubing and classic lugs. The tubeset is Pegoretti exclusive design of heat treated Columbus Spirit with special butting to optimize the strength and stress distribution of lugs while minimizing weight. The new investment cast lug set is specifically made for the Days' oversized tube dimensions. In addition, Dario hand cuts special rear dropouts that are uniquely designed for this frame. Each Days Done frame is individually brazed by the world's finest steel craftsman, Dario Pegoretti. Comes with Falz carbon fork but Dario's oversized (1 1/8") cromoly fork in matching color is an available option. The Days Done is available by custom order only ....$4899.99 Add to CART
The "Big Leg Emma" is Dario's update of one of his favorite frames, the Great Googoolie. The Emma is like a Marcelo on steroids! Dario beefed up both the chainstays and seatstays for an even more solid rear end. And as in the great sprinter bikes of the '60s, he added additional horizontal reinforcing struts inside the tubing for increased acceleration (pictured on right). The tubing is a special heat treated low alloy steel made exclusively for Dario. The included Falz fork is all carbon fiber (for information on optional cromoly fork see below). Steerer tube is 1 1/8", frame weight is 4.2 lbs in 54cm. Standard color is orange, but as all Big Leg Emma frames are special order only, all Pegoretti colors are available .... $4949.99 Add to CART
"Named after a Frank Zappa song, this hugely oversized steel rig is built for the larger or more aggressive rider/racer looking for maximum lateral stability without sacrificing vertical compliance. Notice the massive oversize chainstays which provide massive rear stability. An internally reinforced downtube provides stability up front. Surprisingly, this bike built with Record 10-speed weighed-in at only 17 pounds!" - Leonard Zinn, Velonews, Oct 2003
"You asked about the Pegoretti Marcelo I got from you in 2009. Let me put it this way, I sold my Colnagos and just ride the Pegoretti. I love the bike!" Peter M, Tx, 6/2013
A spectacular frame for all kinds of riding, the Marcelo MxxxxO is built from a custom tubeset of heat treated Columbus "Spirit" tubing. Oversized to 38 and 31.7 mm main tubes, this frame is stout enough for the most aggressive rider. Yet, it absorbs road shock like a magic carpet. The hand cut stainless steel rear dropouts and oversized stress-directional rear stays add to the beauty and function of this spectacular frame. The Marcelo comes with a full carbon fiber Falz fork (for info on optional cromoly fork see below) and requires an 1 1/8" threadless headset. The standard finish is "Conn" over a textured rust background that has proven more durable than standard paints. Weight is 3.9 lbs in 55cm .... $3949.99 Add to CART
Available now 2014 "Conn" rust with yellow in 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, and 59cm
Available now 2014 "Conn" rust with blue in 60, 61, and 62cm
"The Love is far and away my favorite bike to ride. It is super stiff while not beating you up; it corners like it's on rails. It is just a fantastic bike to ride!" Eric W. from Pa, 10/10.
"My Love #3is so awesome I've sold all my other bikes!" Mike P. from Ca, 10/10
The Love #3 is Dario's update of his renowned Fina Estampa. It's made from a lighter and even more efficient Scandium matrix tube set, Columbus XLR8R, all custom drawn exclusively for Dario. If you are a powerful rider that lusts for acceleration and awesome climbing, this is the frame for you! Extremely stiff rear triangle, yet matched to a very forgiving front end, the Love is perfect for the most dedicated racer as well as the aggressive all-day rider. 2.2 lb Scandium matrix (50cm) with 1 1/8" threadless Falz carbon fiber fork. Standard color is "Manovella black.white as pictured on left .... $3649.99 Add to CART
Pictured on lower right, custom Love #3 that is the personal bike of '06 Tour de France "winner", Floyd Landis. The quotes on the frame were inspired by Jack Handey's "Deep Thoughts" on Saturday Night Live.
Made from Columbus Spirit cromoly, the Duende is essentially a Marcelo front triangle matched to an extra comfortable "Palasanto" rear triangle. The result is a frame not quite as stiff as a Marcelo but even more forgiving. According to Dario, the Duende should be a marvelous frame for everyone who doesn't crave the extra stiffness of the Marcelo. The Duende should be a wonderful frame for century rides - the perfect work of art for those who refuse to give up comfort or efficiency. Tubing is heat treated low alloy "Spirit" cromoly from Columbus, fork is 1 1/8" Falz full carbon (for info on optional cromoly fork see below). Includes new oversized headtube and matching D11 headset by Chris King. Weight is 3.9 lbs for 54cm.... $3349.99 for frame, Falz carbon fork, and D11 headset
2013 stock color is Dario's new "Somebody" finish on white background, as pictured.
2014 Duendes available now: 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 53, 55, 58, 59, 60, 61, and 62cm.... Add to CART
Pegoretti builds a very limited number of these stunning lugged frames by special order only. For these special frames, Dario uses Columbus heat treated Nivacrom EL-OS cromoly tubing for both frame and fork with hand cut investment cast lugs and fork crown reminiscent of the legendary steel frames of the '50s and '60s. Beautifully finished in your choice of numerous classic 2 color paneled works of art (add your color choices in the "Special Instructions" field during the ordering process). Steerer tube on the fork is 1" threadless. Frame weight is 4.2 lbs for a 52cm. Available in Dario's time tested geometries or custom designed exclusively for your perfect fit .... $4499.99 Add to CART
All 2014 Pegoretti frames include Dario's new carbon fiber Falz fork except the Days Done and Luigino which come standard with a custom cromoly fork. Falz forks are specially made to match Dario's perfectly balanced geometry. They can also provide a significant upgrade in handling and comfort for other frame makes designed with 1 1/8" threadless headsets. Falz forks feature longer fork blades and a classically styled crown for extra road comfort while maintaining the side stiffness that marks top carbon forks. The flat crown fits wider tires (all 25mm and some 28mm) and features an aluminum cap to allow precise machining for the crown race. Fork tips are carbon fiber. They weigh 425 grams with 320mm uncut carbon steerer and come with a patented 29 gram expander plug. Aftermarket Falz forks are painted in gloss black with a lighter touch of gray on the middle sections of the blades then covered in a rich clear coat. Also available painted in white* by Dario (add $50). Fits frames with 1 1/8" threadless headsets. Available in your choice of 4.5 or 5.0 mm rake, measurements. For expert advice on selecting the best rake for your frame and ride style please email us .... $384.99 Add to CART
*Caution on white fork - white is a color that can fade over time. A new white fork may not be an exact match for your current frame. If you are concerned about an exact match then it might be best to consider a black fork as that will go well with all paint finishes.
Completely handmade by Dario, these are state-of-the-art heat treated cromoly steel forks for that classic ride. The steerer tubes are 1 1/8" x 330mm threadless and rake is 4.5cm to fit all Pegoretti frames with the exception of the Luigino. Because the forks are oversized 1 1/8", the tubes and crowns have to be custom made in very small quantities. That explains the relatively high price. But if you want that great classic ride this is the way to get it. Weight is 1.98 lbs (902 grams) with uncut steerer. In black or white .... $699.99 Add to CART
*October 2013 update: Dario's cromoly forks arriving once again, but in very limited quantity. To date, all forks have been pre-sold. So, order now for next available arrival.
Seatpost sizings, 2014: SEATPOSTS
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* Braze-on, 32mm, and 35mm are available from all major parts makers. For 28.6 you can use a Torelli 28.6 braze-on adapter