Hello from Australia.
Long-time lurker, first time poster.
Bit of a cross-post from vSalon.
Not long after I got on my first drop bar bike c.2014, I found a video Rapha did with Ridley Scott Associates on Dario Pegoretti.
From that moment on, I knew I had to have one. They were so unique. Especially those Ciavete paint-jobs.
I happened to be in Italy for a month last year, May 2016. I decided to make a stop to Verona to see Dario.
I walked around his workshop, we chatted, and he measured me up for a MxxxxxO.
About a year later, and Dan Hale of Shifter Bikes in Melbourne has finished the build. Build Kit:
Chorus 11 50/34 - 11-29
Hand Polished DT240 w/ 52T Ratchet Upgrade and Custom Matched Decals laced w/ Sapim CX Ray to H+SON Hard Ano Archetype
Tune Rechts/Linkstrager Cages
Tune AC Internal Cam Skewers
Fizik R1 Bar, Stem, Post, Arione 00 Saddle
Silca Impero Ultimate Paint Matched in Ciavete
While there's always the temptation to throw Super Record and Meilensteins on it, I wanted to keep the build quite conservative.
For me, the frame is the highlight, and the finishing kit and wheels are there to frame the frame.
Prior to this, I had an Allez Sprint Ltd as an in-betweener criterium/road-race bike, and before that, a Lynskey Titanium, CAAD9, carbon climbing / aero bikes, a lightweight Parlee loaner for two weeks, and a few track bikes too. This is my first foray into steel. I've only had two rides on it, so I can't give any in-depth feedback, but first impressions are fantastic.
Without falling into too many nebulous adjectives -
The oversized chain-stays really do give instant power transfer. It's stiffer than my Allez in that respect, but also more compliant, given I was running Roval CLX60s on that bike.
Turn in is neutral, yet responsive. Not twitchy like the Dogma F8 I had for a day (though I know some people prefer that), but not slack like the Lynskey either.
Most of all, it just feels solid and planted. I'm not sure whether that's the effect of materials, geometry or combination of both.
When descending, it just tracks so nicely. It also doesn't transmit the brittle, hollow chattery feeling that some lightweight carbon frames do.
I mentioned to Dario that this MxxxxxO might get road raced. As such, the geometry is long, low and aggressive. No toe overlap on a 49.5 ST bike! Happy boy!
I haven't weighed it yet, but I would estimate it's at about the 7.4kg mark without pedals. I'm considering a set of ultra lightweight climbing tubulars for racing and special weekends.
Will report back with measured weights, and any iterations that follow.