Pegoretti Duende review

Pegoretti Duende
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A beautiful bicycle made in an artisan style in Italy.

Reasons to buy
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    The feel of steel

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    Stiff ride

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    Handmade in Italy

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    Custom sizing same price as off the peg

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    Excellent paint job

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Reasons to avoid
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    Heavier than carbon bikes

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Steel is the new carbon and nobody does it better than Dario Pegoretti, who has been hand-building frames in northern Italy since 1987. Pegoretti calls steel ‘our’ material and he has certainly made it his own over the last two decades. The first Italian builder to use lugless TIG welding, a Pegoretti frame is the result of years of developing and refining a traditional art.

Some of the most obvious refinements that Pegoretti has made to modernise his bikes include increasing the tube diameters. Although Pegoretti swears by round tubing — Columbus Niobium Spirit in this case— insisting a round profile offers the best compromise between lateral strength and resistance to torsion, the diameter of the Duende’s down tube is a wide 38mm. Its top tube and seat tube measure 31.8mm.

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