Bike Crit-ique: Paul’s PegWritten: May 14, 2012
Another steely, and another Pegoretti – possibly the one I should have got, the Marcelo.
- Frame: Pegoretti Marcelo Thelonious
- Forks: Edge 2.0
- Wheels: 3T Mercurio LTD 60
- Chainset: Super Record
- Levers: Super Record
- Bars: 3T Ergonova Black
- Stem: 3T Arx Pro Black
- Seatpost: Fizik Cyrano
- Saddle: Fizik Kurve Bull
- Front Mech: Super Record
- Rear Mech: Super Record
- Tyres: Challenge Criterium Seta Extra 22
- Brakes: Super Record
- Pedals: Look Keo 2 Max Carbon
- Bottle Cages: Arundel
Any other components worth a mention?:
Tune Bottle Cage Bolts (Gold), Deda Leather Bar Tape.
Tell me a bit about it:
Since my lady moved halfway around the world I figured it was time to find suitable companion for the summer. After staring at this Pegoretti Marcelo with the Thelonious paint scheme for the last year at the shop I made a move on it.
Incredibly stiff and razor sharp handling in a steel frame, still comes in just over 16 lbs, and has been the nicest of all the bikes I’ve ridden in the last few years.
As for changes I’d like the matching 3T post but it’s on back-order right now in Canada and I can wait. Thinking about the mandible cages instead of the stainless, but I sort of like how it ties in with the silver spokes on the Mercurios.
This ‘Thelonious’ was the same Marcelo paint scheme I was eyeing up too – simple and effective… Sorry, back to the job in hand…
I’m afraid I can’t help but state outright: What a nice build. Really nicely executed.
Of the usual suspects the only real faux pas is the non-matching collar and cuffs – although having gone for the ‘stealth’ version of the 3T stem and with the similarly stealth finish of the Fizik Cyrano post it’s difficult to tell. The Cyrano post is a lovely one too, but get the 3T one on there when you get the chance I reckon Paul. Sure, the saddle rails aren’t black, but they’re also not a garish silver. I also happen to know just how comfortable that saddle is so I don’t blame you for running it (although they’re all too wide on the nose for me).
Not everyone would choose the full-blown carbon-Ti version of the Super Record, but for me seeing that little red circle around the Ultra-Torque bolt hole is a less-than-subtle nod to the decision you’ve made to do exactly that. I like that detail, and I think it gives a nice, gentle touch of colour to an otherwise black & white scheme.
The wheels on this might not be to everyone’s liking for a Pegoretti, but I’ve got to say with the Marcelo being the bike Dario builds as his race frame I don’t see why you shouldn’t run them. They tie in nicely with the finishing kit and are Italian too. Besides, I think you manage to bring them back in keeping with the classic lines of a Pegoretti by choosing to run the tan sidewall tyres.
For me the only thing crying out for change is that big ‘EDGE’ logo on the fork. To have an otherwise entirely Italian build (headset aside, which looks like a Chris King) and then run this fork on it is a shame. However, it does look better than the 3T fork, or a Deda for that matter. Lose the logo and it’ll be a big improvement – but the ideal would be to get one of Dario’s new ‘Falz’ forks in black or white.
Otherwise, try the Mandible cages but I think it works nicely as it is. Tidy bike, well done.
It’s an 8/10 – held back from a bigger score by that fork. Get a Falz on there and you’re nudging a 9…
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