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Pegoretti Big Leg Emma

Pegoretti Big Leg Emma
2023 63cm Pegoretti Big Leg Emma in Ciavete, in stock for $6,450
$6,450.00 - $6,500.00
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Named for the Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention song (appears on the 'B' side of the CD release of "Absolutely Free") and for Dario's mother, Big Leg Emma is based on the Marcello with the addition of oversized tubes (22mm chainstays vs. the Marcello's 18mm) and internal re-enforcing gussets. It is, by far, the stiffest steel frame in Dario's stable and is designed for Clydesdales or over-quadded crit specialists. If you need a 60 or 62cm frame, it is probably your baby.

After you hear it described, the design elements of the Big Leg Emma are straight forward: One, that wider diameter tubes are less prone to flexing under load. Two, the down tube and the chainstays directly effect bottom bracket deflection. It is all pretty obvious until you add a sprinkle of Pegoretti genius.

External covers on the downt tube of the Pegoretti Big Leg Emma.To get there Dario took a page out of Falerio Masi's book (he used a similar technique to stiffen the chainstays of track bikes during the 70's) and added gussets (stiffeners) to the oversized downtube. Prior to welding up the frame, Dario laser cuts several small grooves into either side of the downtube. He then brazes in horizontal anti-flex plates and finishes it off by brazing ornamental covers over the incisions. At the end of the day Dario achieves his goal of an uncompromisingly stiff race frame without sacrificing vertical compliance or aesthetics.

The Big Leg Emma is available only by special order, We ask for a full deposit in return for which I will gently annoy the people at Gita on a weekly basis until your baby arrives. I have no idea how long it is going to take to get here (18 to 30 months is a guess and probably wrong) but I guarantee it will be worth the wait. Should you come to the reasonable decision to own a Pegoretti Big Leg Emma, please allow the enthusiasts at Lakeside Bicycles to offer your their assistance. Our hours are Pacific Time 10-7 W-F, 10-6 Sat, 12-5 Sun, you can e-mail us at or, if you would like to learn much, much more about Dario Pegoretti and his frames, just click this link.

Chart of standard Pegoretti frame geometries
*Top-Tube Length is the distance between the center of the head tube to the center of the seat tube. On sloping top tubes, the measurement is taken along an imaginary level top tube.


Frame Oversized Columbus Life tubing, 22mm stays with machined stainless steel dropouts with reinforced downtube
Fork Falz carbon or Pegoretti Steel painted to match the frame's base color
Drive Train Mechanical or Full Electronic (no gear cable guides)
Headset Chris King D11 in black or silver
Tires up to 28c
Bottom Bracket 70mm 36 X24TPI Italian, English available on custom frames.
Front Derailleur Pegoretti front derailleur clamp, handmade in Verona
Seatpost 31.6mm, Pegoretti 33.6mm seat collar handmade in Verona
Seat Collar Pegoretti seat collar, 33.6mm hand made in Verona, Max Torque 4-5Nm
Sizes 49 through 62cm in one centimeter increments or custom order in the geometry and color of your choice
Color Any current Pegoretti graphics, Panel,  Ciavete  or solid colours
Price $5,024 to $6,450 Click here for a Current Pegoretti Price List
Warranty Limited Lifetime

* Subject to change without notice.


Painting with Dario Pegoretti

Painting with Dario Pegoretti.


Reflections on owning and riding Pegoretti bicycle frames

Part Numbers

Option MPN Store SKU
54cm PE-BLEF-55-CIAV 210000055143
63CM PE-BLEF-63-CIAV 210000052031