It isn’t often that we find a high end brand of carbon bikes without so much as a website, but that is exactly the case with Divo Bikes. The pet project of Ale Bike Wear president Pietro Caucchioli, Divo is a relative newcomer to the custom bike scene. As the story goes, the parent company of Ale Bike Wear is also involved with Cipollini bikes but Pietro wanted his own brand. After gaining permission to start out on this new venture, Pietro created his first bike with the help of Italian craftsmen who specialize in carbon.
Hand made with a tube to tube construction method rather than a monocoque, this build allows Divo frames to be easily built to measure with full custom builds available. The Divo ST is certainly not a frame that you will be seeing very often in your local peloton, but when you’re spending this kind of money that’s probably the point…
Pietro shows off the new PRR 2.0 kit from Ale Bike Wear while riding his own personal Divo ST.
Striking in appearance, Divo bikes seem to excel in the looks department. Angular in all directions, the frames hide their tube to tube and wrapped build well and instead highlight lines worthy of a Lambo. Created with up to 7 layers of carbon, customers can even choose different layup schedules on the full custom options to obtain a fully tailored ride. Weight is said to be around 900 g for an XS frame and 380g for the fork, which seems reasonable for such a stout looking frame.
Pietro was happy to point out that the carbon construction is precise enough to not need aluminum inserts for the headset or bottom bracket. The precision craftsmanship extends to the finish with bare carbon exposed with impressive attention to detail. One hundred percent made in Verona, Italy, the frames have accommodations for mechanical and electronic drivetrains with internal mounting for both Shimano and Campagnolo batteries. Pietro pointed out that for the full custom options small details like housing stops can be moved depending on the customer’s needs.
Built with a 1.5″ to 1 1/8″ tapered head tube and BB386 bottom bracket shell, the frames have additional touches like replaceable rear dropouts. Sold as a frameset which includes the frame, fork, headset, and two carbon bottle cages, stock sizes start at $5,300 with full custom versions selling for $5,700 (custom geometry, paint, etc).
Even though nearly every bike Pietro has sold has been a different color, he also plans to offer special editions like this USA bike. Limited to just 20 pieces, the special editions will run $6,100 for the frameset. Once the USA version is sold out, a new design will be introduced with Pietro hinting at the possibility of an Italian design…
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