Among the rows of American and Canadian bikes on display at the 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) will be two eye-catching Italian-made DeAnima bikes from Toronto’s Blacksmith Cycles.
DeAnima is the project of Gianni Pegoretti, creating hand-built carbon fibre and steel bikes in Italy. The brand was created after Gianni set out on his own path, after years of working with his now late-brother, the renowned Italian frame builder Dario Pegoretti.
Blacksmith Cycles helped launch DeAnima’s North American presence at NAHBS in 2018. This year, two very different road bikes will be presented at the show.
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First is an AMG-01 Splatter Edition, DeAnima’s carbon road bike. Featuring disc brakes and a striking splatter paint scheme, the AMG-01 is the Italian brand’s carbon fibre disc road offering. The frame geometry is fully customizable and takes about two days to make by hand. This Pollock-inspired frame has been built up with Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS 12-speed drivetrain.
Campagnolo Bora One wheels
Campagnolo flat mount disc brakes on the fork
Discs make for a clean fork crown, and show off the DeAnima logo - possibly the only subtle part of the colourful paint scheme
Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed just launched this week, but it's already on the DeAnima AMG-01
Campagnolo Super Record EPS
With the updated EPS front mech
And Super Record EPS rear derailleur
All controlled from the shaped Super Record EPS-specific levers, attached to ENVE SES aero bar and stem combo.
And powered by the new, smaller Super Record EPS switch box
Flatmount Super Record disc brakes
Next to the eye catching splatter of the AMG-01, the more subtle tones of a DeAnima DeFer will on display in Sacramento. As a counterpoint to the modern materials of its carbon fibre sibling, the DeFer focuses on bringing classic Italian frame building techniques into the modern era. With flat mount disc brakes and Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9170 components, it is a merger of tradition and technology.
DeAnima Defer Disc road bike
This more subtle colour scheme rolls on HED Vanquish 4 wheels
The steel frame features clean internal cable routing
And a tidy bracing arch, even on the disc version
Flat mount Shimano Dura Ace disc brakes
The DeFer's graphics are subtle, but still detailed
Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9170
Held in place by a through-axle
Shimano Dura Ace Di2 hanging off a 3T Apto stem and SuperErgo bar
DeFer steel disc road bike
If you’re in Sacramento for NAHBS this weekend, stop by the Blacksmith Cycles booth to see both these handmade Italian bikes.