Gianni Pegoretti, brother of the recently deceased Dario Pegoretti, worked for many years with his brother who was renowned for his steel and aluminum lugless TIG-welded frames. Gianni launched DeAnima in 2014. The modern line-up of road and gravel bikes are made from steel and carbon. DeAnima offers fully custom geometries with flare and unique touches that make them truly special pieces of art. The DeAnina Soul is a high-end gravel bike with loads of tire clearance and versatility.

The craftsmanship that goes into making the carbon frame is meticulous and it just shows in the frames beautiful fabrication. DeAnima uses Toray T800 3k plain and T800 UD layered. Joint wrappings are made with Toray HM 3K prepreg. While most of the carbon on the Soul is hidden bike the paint, it peaks through in a couple of spots where the carbon has been left exposed.

The geometry of the front triangle is borrowed from the UnBlended, DeAnima’s high-end road frame. The frame is offered as a full custom build but there are also stock geometries on offer. With the fork offering clearance for  700×42 or 650×47 tires, there isn’t very much the bike isn’t ready for. The bike is designed to tackle a wide range of surfaces with gravel events, cyclocross races and just all road performance.

The test frame we will be riding this fall is a custom Blacksmith build. A flared Easton 70AX handlebar gives the rider plenty of control in frome the cockpit regardless of the surface. SRAM Force 1x takes care of the shifting. Flat mount hydraulic disc brakes offer powerful and reliable stopping in all conditions.

Schwalbe G-One tires make this build perfect for gavel while the Enve M525 wheels are lightweight, tubeless compatible and are designed for the rigours of World Cup cross-country mountain biking so you can really expect to be prepared to tackle a lot with this bike.

The DeAnima Soul Gravel features a truly stunning purple finish with the colourful geometric logos giving the Soul even more personality. The frame starts at US$4,400.

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