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BOTW: An Experienced RIder's First Ciavete Pegoretti

Chad Nordwall |

This client has bought a fair number of bikes from us previously, but never a Ciavete Pegoretti. So, for no other reason than, 'Why not now?', we decided together that the time was right to start a build with the Italian brand's world-renowned Ciavete paint scheme.

Building a bike for a deeply experienced rider is a lot of fun because they are so attuned to every little detail. Of course, every bike we build gets the same level of care, but experienced riders keep us on our toes, and we love it.

For riders new to Pegoretti's Ciavete' surprise me' artwork or who may have seen examples on the internet, it's handy to know that you can provide guidelines to the brand before its artisans cut loose. For example, our client asked for a white base, and only red or black in the final finish. Pegoretti took that onboard before starting to paint, blending the best of the brand's 'freeform' approach with respect for the client's preferred palette.

Away from the finish, we decided we wanted to keep the build mechanical, albeit with disc brakes. The clear winner for the job was a Campagnolo Super Record drivetrain. There's nothing to say here—it's perfection.

The build's wheels are first-generation Partingtons, which are light, fast, and impressively stiff. Vittoria tires put the rubber on the road.

In the cockpit, Bjorn Rool bars, an Extralite stem, a Bjorn 3D-printed saddle and a Bjorn Glagol seatpost got the nod. Indeed, more Bjorn than an Abba reunion. Joking aside, Bjorn's products are the definition of handmade. The cockpit is finished off with the Darimo seat collar. It seems like a little thing, but it looks lovely.

This was a really fun bike to see completed. It seems that the less feedback you give the team at Pegoretti, the more "knock-it-out-of-the-park" paint jobs we receive.

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