Unable to find an acceptable replacement for the Reynolds Ouzo Pro, Dario Pegoretti designed his own fork. The result is the Falz (sickle in the Italian dialect that Dario speaks). "Falz" is representative of the shape of the new fork. Dario has always found the aesthetics of tradional curved forks more to his taste than the straight bladed forks so common today. His design starts with the traditional arc of the fork blades and continues with an updated flat-crown design.
Flat-crown forks give a little more compliant ride than sloping crowns as the fork legs are slightly longer allowing for better damping. The crown also offers increased clearance for larger tires. 25 or even 28mm tires will easily fit 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 severl 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 appearance of the Falze has caused a bit of grumbling. Standing alone, it's square-shaped crown and slowly tapered, flat sided legs are unique and startling. Once you stick it in a D11 the large diameter of head tube and headset take the edge off and result in an attractive statement in which every part benefits aesthetically from the effect of the whole. Dario IS the master.
Once you get the Falz on the road it is clear that Dario has hit a home run. The ride is well controlled and smooth under every circumstance. It integrates perfectly with Dario's frames. Our riders have chosen it as among the best forks for high speed and descending on the market.
The Falz fork serves to further complete and enhance Dario's offerings. Good looking and functional, it is well mannered and comfortable and meets the most exacting standards for a performance fork on a steel (or alloy) race bike. The Falze completely justifies the time and energy put into it's development and that of both the D11 head tube and head set.
The Falz forks weigh 524 grams and are available on most 2012 and 2013 vintage Pegoretti framesets. The D11 system is only available starting with 2013 bikes.
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