Dario Pegoretti built frames for several professional riders in the 80′s and 90′s , then set up his own shop to realize his visions of blending his mastery of frame building with his love of art. He is renowned for his welding expertise with steel, his uncanny ability to size frames perfectly for the rider, and hand painted graphics that adorn all of his creations.
This is the frame that everyone thinks of when they hear the name “Dario Pegoretti”. This is the classic, the stiff traditional European racing frame taken to an ultimate level, and has been the most popular Pegoretti frame since its introduction. Choose a Marcelo if you want the classic Pegoretti.
The Duende is the most comfortable of the Pegoretti lineup. Using the same steel as the Marcelo and sharing its front triangle, the Duende has a simpler and softer rear triangle. A Duende is perfect for lighter riders or those looking for a comfortable long-distance performer.
At its core, the Responsorium is a Marcelo built with stainless steel. This drops a fair amount of weight from the frame and adds a bit more flex versus the Marcelo, providing a quick and snappy ride quality that adds plenty of excitement and a little bit of comfort. This is the frame of choice for people who want the ultimate Pegoretti steel experience.
Big Leg Emma
The Big Leg Emma is where Dario gets serious about stiffening, then takes it up another notch just because he can. Taking the Marcelo foundation and adding oversize tubing, he then uses a laser to cut slots in the downtube where stiffening plates are placed in order to remove lateral flex. Only the most powerful or heavy riders should consider the Big Leg Emma.
The Love #3 is the lightest Pegoretti frame, made from scandium aluminum instead of steel. Its oversized tubes give it the look of the Big Leg Emma, but the natural stiffness characteristics of aluminum give this frame similar handling abilities without requiring any additional treatments. Racers looking for a superb lightweight metal frame will adore the Love #3.
An absolutely gorgeous lugged frame built using Columbus Pegorichie tubing, the Luigino is a testament to Dario’s craftsmanship bringing pieces of metal together to form a piece of art. Lighter riders looking for a classic steel bike need look no further than the Luigino.
Day Is Done
The newest frame from Dario’s workshop is the Day Is Done. Very similar to a Luigino in specification and construction, the Day Is Done shares the Columbus Spirit tubing used in the Marcelo, Duende, and Big Leg Emma. Those who are considering a Luigino but wanting more stiffness and race performance will want to step up to a Day Is Done.