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El Duende, in contemporary Flamenco art, is the very essence of authentic humanity. It is the sheer evocation of emotion, the feeling of being moved. More recently, it's become interpreted as a more visceral, necessary contrast of love and pain in music. Musician Nick Cave lamented duende in a lecture in 1999, saying "All love songs must contain duende. For the love song is never truly happy. It must first embrace the potential for pain. Those songs that speak of love without having within in their lines an ache or a sigh are not love songs at all but rather Hate Songs disguised as love songs, and are not to be trusted. These songs deny us our humanness and our God-given right to be sad and the air-waves are littered with them. The love song must resonate with the susurration of sorrow, the tintinnabulation of grief."

Thus, the Pegoretti Duende. A marriage of tradition and modernity, a discontent struggle coming together in sublime beauty, like the tale of cycling itself - and of Mr. Cave's musical works. Pegoretti's most "traditional" steel frame, now that the lugged Day's Done and Luigino are no more, the Duende is the dark contrast of a stiff, oversized Columbus Spirit front triangle with slim, tapered seat and chainstays for a more compliant rear end. With the Pegoretti Falz carbon fork and oversized D11 headtube in front, the Duende is the racing frameset for the traditionalist, an exercise in two balanced personalities.

Available in any of Dario's current paint schemes or in the original "Surprise Me", Mr. Pegoretti's choice Ciavete, each Duende, like all other Pegoretti frames, is first a bicycle, and second a work of art. Handmade and painted in Pegoretti's frameshop in Verona, Italy, all frames are available in stock sizing or custom geometry for an upcharge. Pegoretti framesets include Falz fork, Chris King D11 headset, and mechanical routing only.