Named after a Nick Drake song as covered by the jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, Day Is Done is the most recent addition to Dario Pegoretti's lexicon of steel framesets.
Day Is Done was developed as a performance lugged frame using classic construction and the benefits of oversized tubing. The headtube is 7 mm shorter than a tig-welded frame. A “ring” can be added to the upper lug to increase the height if requested.
The Columbus Spirit Niobium tubing is based on the tubeset designed for the Marcelo with modifications to optimize it for lugged construction.. The Cadnezia oversized lugset was developed in a collaboration between Dario and Darrell McCulloch of Llewellyn Bikes in Australia. The rear dropout attachment is amended with a hollow tube through the stays offering an increased surface for brazing and providing a striking visual effect. The brazed tube also increases lateral rigidity of the chainstay at the critical juncture with the dropout.
Building lugged frames is a more gentle and time consuming process that TIG welding. In addition to cutting and milling, each tube must be fitted to a hand tapered lug and then, patiently silver brazed together at relatively low (600o C to 900o C) temperatures. Due to the low temperatures and reenforcing of the lugs, this process results in an extremely strong and readily repairable frame. In the hands of a superior builder working without time constraints, lugged steel represent the pinnacle of bicycle frame esthetics.
“There is a reason for the “holes” in the stays at the dropouts. The small cylinders that are brazed into the stays give more surface area to braze the dropout. Since Dario likes to use non-tapering stays, he can’t use conventional dropouts as there wouldn’t be enough contact area. This is an alternative to using the “hooded” dropouts he uses on the Marcelo and Responsorium that he feels fits better with a lugged frame." -Nelson Frazier, Gita Sporting Goods
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|Frame||Columbus Spirit Niobium tubing with Cadnezia oversized lugset|
|Fork||Pegoretti heat treated Chro-Moly or Falz carbon|
|Sizes||49 through 62xm|
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