Bikes of the Bunch: Pegoretti Mxxxxxo

Don’t miss out on the latest CyclingTips updates.

Jump To Comments

In this Bikes of the Bunch, Peter Harrington – through his new Pegoretti Mxxxxxo – shares the story of how he became involved in the re-birth of the Pegoretti brand following the shock loss of Dario.

It all happened so naturally that, at the time, I never had a moment to consider if it was all part of some grand plan or merely the right timing. But now when I think about how I began helping the team at Pegoretti after Dario passed last year, it feels too right for it to be anything other than a setup. Whatever it was, someone somewhere is laughing — and probably smoking, too.

My Pegoretti Mxxxxxo is Mediterranean blue – like a Matisse. And that’s about as much of my design brief as Pietro was willing to listen to. It’s a Ciavete – the Officina’s “do what the fuck we want” scheme prized by Pegoretti fans. And it has a zip on it. “It’s because you are English, and zipped!” explains a laughing Cristina, after Pietro deposits the frame into my lap and I open my eyes to see what he created. “And you are stiff, you see!” she adds, somewhat unnecessarily.

Everybody is laughing, so I take the time to explore my new frame. It’s light, blue, beautiful and honest; and she’s right, in my heart I know I don’t have the easy way of an Italian. Zipped is correct.

Pegoretti Mxxxxxo

I started working with Cristina and Pietro at Pegoretti a few days after Dario took off for someplace else. Cristina, who I knew from her time as CEO of Brooks England, called and asked for help: Dario had been building a new website, it wasn’t live, it wasn’t finished, and everything was in flux. Soon after, I boarded a flight from Portland, Oregon to Verona, Italy and something fell into place. I’ve been working with Pegoretti from afar ever since.

Pietro laughs a lot. Today, he’s laughing especially hard as I carefully examine my new frame. You’d think by now he’d be over the look of wonder that passes across the face of a new recipient of a Pegoretti. He’s not. The problem is, there’s so much to take in: the welds, the vibrant paint that you only really appreciate in person, the palpable feeling of craftsmanship – a word that only makes sense when you see the real deal.

Pietro asks me in Italian if I like it, and I wish I had the words to express how I feel about being part of their thing. Because it’s not just the frame; it’s sitting here with Dario’s presence all around, and these people whom I’ve come to love. I manage a stiff English nod, feel particularly silly and hope he understands.

From frame to bike

“So, how are we building it up?” asks Kevin, co-founder of Portland’s Golden Pliers bike shop when I swing by with the frame a week later. I spec Shimano, which some would say is a minor heresy on an Italian bike. But screw that – Ultegra works great and feels right to me. Wheels come via another Portland business, Sugar Wheelworks – Chris King R45 gloss black hubs laced to Velocity Quill rims with Sapim CX-Rays on brass nipples. Finishing kit comes via Ergon, Sim Works and Paul Components, whose orange-detailed skewers complement the frame’s paint scheme.

SimWorks handlebar

The first ride is terrifying; what if the bike doesn’t match up to my feelings? I start with a gentle roll around the block. Bloody hell, it’s fast. A small push on the pedals and it leaps forward like it knows where to go, Chris King humming and trees beginning to blur. Faster now, we’re flying, and a turn comes far sooner than I expect, but it’s too late to brake and I prepare to crash.

The ground is closer than I’ve ever seen it in a turn, but the Peg holds on, with only a muted squeak to tell me how hard the tires are working before the bike rights itself and we’re speeding up again. Descents follow, personal bests break, and I realise I’ve never felt this good on a bike before.

Back in 2017, during a visit to interview Dario for another publication, he told me: “At the end of the story, I think, just the road can say it’s the truth, not the centimetre.” At the time, these words caught my ear as a standout quote for the article, but one that felt somewhat abstract. But now I think I understand what he meant. And I have the zip to prove it.

Build details

Frame: Pegoretti Marcelo (Mxxxxxo)*, custom geometry (approx 57cm)
Fork: Pegoretti Falz Carbon
Headset: Chris King D11
Wheelset: Chris King R45 hubs, Velocity Quill rims, Sapim CX-Ray spokes (20H front, 24H rear) – built by Sugar Wheelworks
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra R8000, Compact
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra Threaded
Derailleurs: Shimano Ultegra R8000
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra R8000, 11-30T
Chain: Shimano Ultegra RHG-701
Tyres: Panaracer Race C EVO4, 28mm
Handlebar: SimWorks (by Nitto) Misirlou, 41cm
Stem: Thomson Elite X2, 115mm
Seatpost: Enve Road Carbon
Cages: King Titanium
Skewers: Paul Components
Bar tape: Fizik Tempo Classic
Saddle: Ergon SR Carbon
Weight: Unknown.
Accessories: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, Spurcycle bell

*Marcelo was the name of Dario’s father. Mxxxxxo is a redacted version of his father’s name in light of their love/hate relationship.


Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Paul Components 5mm skewer
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Enve Road carbon post
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo
Chris King R45 rear hub
Velocity Quill 700c rims
Pegoretti Mxxxxxo

Editors' Picks