Pegoretti's Evolution: Embracing Change While Honoring Tradition

Explore how Pegoretti balances innovation with tradition, introducing the Duende Rock & Roll, an "all-surface" bike that signifies the brand's adaptive journey post-Dario Pegoretti.

Pegoretti's Evolution: Embracing Change While Honoring Tradition

The 2019 North American Handmade Bike Show offered a poignant glimpse into the future of Pegoretti, a brand synonymous with artisanal craftsmanship and the charismatic figure of Dario Pegoretti. Amidst the showcase of traditional steel frames, two complete bicycles stood out, not just for their craftsmanship but for the symbolic messages they carried: “Per te, Dario” and “Siamo Noi Adesso” — signaling the bottega's forward path after Dario's unexpected passing.

Pegoretti's survival and evolution, steered by Pietro Pietricola and Cristina Wurdig, reflect a commitment to both preserve Dario's legacy and adapt to the evolving landscape of cycling. The transition towards disc brakes and the introduction of models like the all-new Duende Rock & Roll underscore this commitment. This model, described not as a gravel bike but an "all-surface" one, caters to a growing segment of cyclists seeking versatility without sacrificing the brand's heritage.


  • Models Highlighted: Mxxxxxo, Responsorium, Duende Rock & Roll
  • Innovation: Introduction of disc brakes, new models with modern features
  • Design Philosophy: Balancing tradition with modern demands, avoiding the "gravel" label for a broad "all-surface" appeal
  • Tire Clearance: Up to 40 mm on the Duende R&R, accommodating more diverse riding surfaces
  • Fork Design: The new Piron fork, blending aesthetics with function for broader tire clearance
  • Brand Evolution: Adapting to market changes while honoring Dario Pegoretti's legacy

The Duende Rock & Roll represents a natural progression for Pegoretti, answering the calls of cyclists who yearn for the brand's esteemed craftsmanship but with the capability to tackle a wider range of terrains. Despite potential criticisms of trend-chasing, Pegoretti's move into the "all-surface" category is a thoughtful extension of its core values, ensuring the brand remains relevant and vibrant in the dynamic world of cycling.

Pegoretti's journey is a testament to the idea that honoring the past doesn't preclude embracing the future. Through innovative designs and responsiveness to cyclist's evolving preferences, Pegoretti demonstrates a keen ability to navigate the delicate balance between tradition and progression. As the brand moves forward, it remains a beacon of craftsmanship, innovation, and the enduring spirit of Dario Pegoretti.