Dario Pegoretti (18 January 1956 – 23 August 2018) was an Italian bicycle framebuilder based for many years in Caldonazzo, outside the town of Trento, in the Dolomites, Italy, and then later for a few years in Verona, Italy.
He was widely considered to be one of the great contemporary steel and aluminum bicycle framebuilders and a pioneer of lugless TIG welded frames.
Dario Pegoretti designed and built frames that were ridden by Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani, Stephen Roche, Claudio Chiappucci, Mario Cipollini, and Andrea Tafi among others. For example, 1994 would be the last year the Tour de France was won on a steel bike, this time an Oria-tubed, TIG-welded machine badged as a Pinarello but rumored to have been made under contract by Dario Pegoretti.
Dario Pegoretti’s famous slogan was “fatti con le mani” (“made by hand”) and he lived this motto completely. He constantly combined aspects of art, craft, and creativity, of the highest order and as very few if any bicycle framebuilders ever have.
On 23 August 2018 Dario Pegoretti died of heart failure at approximately 19:00 hours in Verona, Italy.