Pelagro PB1 Superleggera

Pelagro PB1 XC

Superleggera is translated from the Italian as ‘super light’, but it’s also a licensed trademark of Carrozzeria Touring. Touring is an automobile coachbuilder established in 1926 who pioneered the method of bodywork construction using small-diameter tubes to form the frame, realised in bicycle form by the visionary Peter Laibacher of Germany’s Pelagro.

Pelagro PB1 XC

Peter is a Ducatista, so it’s easy to see the references employed by his trellis bicycle frames. He formed Pelagro to manufacture his popular PB design, of which the example seen today is the latest. Earlier PB1s were commissions, this one was built as the ultimate expression of its namesake: a sub-10kg XC mountainbike.

Pelagro PB1 XC

The frame is an improved design which is 500 grams lighter than the earlier iterations and has a new, lightweight rear triangle — the head and down tubes have also been reimagined to shave weight. It was built as a race machine, and performed successfully at its maiden voyage, a local German hill climbing event.

Pelagro PB1 XC

The low weight was achieved by a selection of top shelf parts as well: the tubular carbon DT Swiss wheel set is shod with a pair of the Dutch handmade Dugast tyres, tipping the scales at 1100 grams. The same combination won Nino Schurter the MTB World Cup and the World Championship title in 2012 and 2013.

Pelagro PB1 XC

DT Swiss continue the patronage up front with the fork. The featherweight stem and seatpost were supplied by the German company Tune, FSA provided the road cranks and chainrings, Velo and Prologo the saddle and grips, the gold chain by KMC and a carbon handlebar by Answer.

Kudos to Peter for breaking free of the diamond frame mold — you won’t ever see too many of these at your club races. What do you think of it? Special thanks to Richard Becker for the photos.

Pelagro PB1 XC

  • gilligoon

    I would hate to bang my knees and shins on any of those square cut lateral tubes. Frame would not lose much rigidity if those were rounded off.

    • tertius_decimus

      It will lose none of it. I hit the top tube with my knees occasionally. Wonder what damage could be done to one’s legs with such a construction. Also, it looks like someone has many bottom bracket shells at his disposal. It works for Ducati for one basic reason: on the motorcycle, you don’t move your legs! Damn, think of common sense, whoever build that monstrosity! Take a rasp and cut away all odds. Cable routing flawed as well: nylon buckles, really?! I mean, it’s ok to make this to your bike if you’re on budget or if it’s temporary, or just don’t give a $#!7 because it works, i.e. jump at the saddle and pedal your way. But presenting this to the world is inexcusable.

  • Peter Laibacher

    I ride pb Frame bikes since 2008 and i never had any problems with my knees or shins. The frames are very stiff and fast. If you visit Germany, please visit us for a test ride. Kind regards Peter

  • Kyle

    This machine looks really long. Not that it’s a bad thing, but wheelbase and chainstays appear stretched. I wonder how that affects ride.

    • Phillip Franklin

      It would guess that it rides like a stretch Cadillac limo. Very smooth and with a nice downhill feel, but very slow on the uphill. This longer wheelbase was the old school mountain bike design of the early 1980’s in that people would love to blast down the downhill fire trails of Mt. Tam and not worry about going back up. Yes it has long very retro wheelbase with some cool looking frame design.

  • Dainius

    so fuc’king cool.. a ‘hood’ bikes in memorium..

  • Simon

    Not really “super light” though.

  • spikebat

    Appreciate the engineering and the vision of the builder but it is absolutely heinous looking…..

  • So much beautiful futility in this design. Everything that does not add, adds.