Dario Pegoretti – Falz Fork
After an exhaustive search for the perfect carbon fiber fork for his frames, Dario Pegoretti decided to design his own. The result is the new Falz fork. Falz is “sickle” in the Italian dialect that Dario speaks and is representative of the shape of the new fork. Dario has always found the aesthetics of the traditional curved fork more to his taste than the straight forks so common today. His design starts with the traditional arc of the fork blades and continues with an updated flat-crown design. Traditionally, flat-crown forks give a little more compliant ride than sloping crowns as the fork legs are slightly longer allowing for better damping characteristics. This crown also offers increased clearance for the larger tires that are gaining in popularity. 25 or even 28 mm tires should easily work with the Falz. The appearance of the massive flat-crown on the Falz fits well with oversized tubes whether tig-welded or lugged. To match the stiffness of oversized tubing, the fork must have a high degree of lateral stiffness. This is something Dario has found lacking in several of the forks he has examined over the last few years. The Falz was designed with more lateral stiffness than virtually any other fork while retaining the compliance derived from the flat-crown design. This makes it the perfect match for the ride his steel frames are noted for. One feature which has become increasingly common in the battle for lightness is the loss of a machinable fork crown. The Falz has an aluminum cap on the crown which allows for precision machining for alignment of the headset crown race. Some other forks use carbon for this which cannot be machined as precisely and thus can reduce the precision and longevity of the headset. Other features include carbon fork tips and 1-1/8” carbon steerer in an extra-long length to allow use on the largest frames. The Falz is available in both 45 and 50 mm rake and is available to frame builders who share Dario’s vision of the perfect fork.
The Falz fork is distributed in the United States by Gita Sporting Goods, Ltd. in Charlotte, NC. Gita has distributed Pegoretti frames as long as Dario has been putting his name on them. Feel free to contact Gita for further information or to place your order.