Even with the ascendancy of carbon among the top Italian builders there are still drool worthy steel frames coming out of Italy. While retro paint jobs that harken back to steel’s glory days seem to be the rule there is also some very forward looking, very Italian styling to be had in steel.
More reserved then some of Colnago’s pimped out extravaganzas this Master X-Light paint job has all the elements of the modern Colnago finishes pared down to the essentials.
Sexy Cinelli in Columbus XCr stainless–steel tubing with a beautiful metal head badge:
A steel Bianchi in simple (actually a bit bland in this company) classic Celeste:
And then there’s the one and only Dario Pegoretti. His paint finishes bring to mind the BMW Art Car project. Except that none of the artists who painted BMW’s had as intimate a relationship with thier automotive ‘canvas’ as Dario has with his frames:
|fork crown image (left) via bikemag.hu
Pegoretti Marcelo, Custom Italian Spaghetti via The Competitive Cyclist
Pegoretti Marcelo via Gitabike
Pegoretti Responsorium, Basquiat via The Competitive Cyclist
Pegoretti Marcelo, Baci via The Competitive Cyclist
Pegoretti Marcelo, Thelonious via The Competitive Cyclist
Pegoretti Responsorium, Ciaveté via Jasonwg’s Pegoretti Responsorium Flickr set
Pegoretti Marcelo, Why Not via Gitabike
Pegoretti Responsorium, Ciaveté via The Competitive Cyclist
Tiziano Zullo is another smaller builder producing mostly steel frames:
Zullo Virgene, Columbus XCr stainless steel via Zullo
Zullo Tour’91 via Zullo
Zullo Inqubo via Zullo
For more images and info see:
Lot’s more info and pics of Pegoretti frames and bicycles at: The Competitive Cyclist. The Competitive Cyclist has the best designed retail web site on the net and it’s functional as well as beautiful. Lot’s of info and images, worth a visit.
For more Pergoretti also see: Dream Bike. An excerpt from their description of the Responsorium paint finishes: The only real options for Ciavete are a specific color request or a request for no foul language on the frame. One client was asked what he wanted on the top tube, the client replied, “I don’t give a fuck,” so when he got the bike “I don’t give a fuck” was on the top tube.
Racing a Pegoretti, from the Above Category Blog (Above Category is a cycle shop in Mill Valley, California).
Dirik’s photostream (Pegoretti Luigino and Duende)
Modulate’s Colnago Master X-Light set