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BOTW: Pegoretti Responsoruim

by Anthony Little |

In this Bike of the Week we’re looking at a much loved Pegoretti Responsorium belonging to our very own Todd Morton. The Responsorium is Dario’s Columbus XCR stainless steel tig welded bike which is matched with the FALZ carbon fork. With a classic ride feel and durability owing to the tubing, the Responsorium is made for performance for the long haul.

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Todd: I purchased my Responsoruim in October 2012 after a decade of wanting to own one of Dario’s masterpieces. His long history of building bikes and the amazing artwork that adorns each frame has always fascinated me.

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With a few models to choose from, I went with the Responsorium because it is stainless steel (I was living near the coast in San Diego at the time), a little lighter, and said to be slightly more comfortable than the Marcelo. I wanted the ciavete paint scheme, as I like having something that is essentially “one of a kind”. It can be a risky thing to order a bike paint unseen, but that was another part of the fascination for me; I was getting a bike with whatever Dario felt like painting that particular day.

The surprise ciavete paint was great with a white base and variety of other fairly neutral colors. I quickly started to pick parts in my mind for the build; fairly easy combination of Campagnolo Super Record group and Hyperon Ultra Two (and occasionally Zipp 303’s) wheels, Continental GP4000S tires, 3T bar and stem and fi’zi:k seat post, saddle and bar tape.

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The first ride was interesting because it was so different than the carbon bikes I had been riding for almost 20 years. To me, the ride felt slightly harsh at first, almost like it needed to be “broken in”, the overall handling was sublime though! This bike descends amazingly well. It is surprisingly lively and is plenty stiff out of the saddle for me. The ride did smooth out after a few rides and I found myself grabbing it to ride much more than I originally thought I would. I figured I would ride it mostly on “cruising” rides but quickly saw it is a full-on race machine. I should have guessed that as Dario has been building Grand Tour winning race bikes for about as many years as I have been racing bikes.

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One of my cycling “Bucket List” items was to ride my Pegoretti in Italy, and in April 2013 I got the chance. A few friends and I went over for the fi’zi:k GranFondo in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Veneto region of Northern Italy. We rode in the South end of Lago di Garda including an epic day with Eros Poli, an Italian ex-pro and TdF stage winner. He took us on insanely beautiful tour of the area mountains and the not small climb Passo Fittanze da Ala. The GranFondo 2 days later was another epic 98 mile/11,000 foot journey in the Bassano del Grappa/Marostica area. The week was capped with a visit to the fi’zi:k factory to see the incredible hand-made saddle production that happens there.

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This year I had the pleasure of meeting Dario and hanging out with him at NAHBS and just ordered another frame, this time a Scandium aluminum Love #3; again in ciavete but this time with black base paint; the rest is up to him.

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