Pegoretti Marcelo review

Pegoretti Marcelo 2010
Cycling Weekly Verdict

At first the Marcelo seems full of contradictions. At a glance it’s traditional — round steel tubing, classic geometry, horizontal top tube — but go in close and there are many carefully considered and perfectly executed improvements to the old format. Oversized stays, reinforced dropouts, extended head tube, lightweight Columbus tubing and an off-the-wall paint scheme. Ridewise, those looking for a trendy ‘steel is real’, old-school experience will be disappointed, because it rides like a race bike. It’s light, stiff and fast. Overall, the Marcelo is the result of years of experience of handbuilding racing bikes, with the latest materials and innovations via an artist’s attention to detail and loving care. NB: Price quoted for frame and forks only

Reasons to buy
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    Latest generation of steel bike

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    Excellent, 'modern' ride quality

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    Great build quality

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    Light weight

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    Nice paint scheme

Reasons to avoid
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    Steel purists may be offended by carbon fork

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Dario Pegoretti is enormously respected by the new generation of artisan bike builders, who are mostly based in the USA. His small factory in Caldonazzo in the Italian Dolomites is thousands of miles away from the handbuilt frame revival currently happening across the Atlantic, but ideologically he lives next door.

Pegoretti, 54, has been making frames for over 30 years and has been contracted to build bikes for superstars like Indurain and Pantani - though at the time he was sworn to secrecy - but what the bright young American craftsmen like about him is he's not stuck in the past. He is not even remotely retro. Rather than abandon steel when carbon came along, he has devised ways to improve the weight, stiffness, ride quality and aesthetics of his frames. It's that creativity that is so compelling about Pegoretti, and why everyone wants a piece of him at the moment.

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