Don’t let the cool retro paint scheme distract you from the fact that the Divo is a cutting-edge carbon incarnation of Daccordi’s top-flight factory works rig. With an all-out racing stance, a roomy cockpit based on a square frame configuration and top spec components, this is one heritage reissue that you can take to the races.
Constructed of separate high-modulus carbon tubes, Daccordi can build you one to measure if desired. Up front, a 1-1/8 by 1-1/2in steerer and massive fork blades keep steering strong and grounded, while a threaded bottom bracket shell makes life easier for mechanics and maintenance; pedal input felt just as rewarding as with press-fit cups on a wider BB shell and stance.
The old pedal stomp test gives smooth and steady acceleration, with a buffered, comfortable response. Ride comfort gets a head start with a San Marco Regal saddle gracing a well designed carbon seatpost. Adding to this is a good tyre selection in the form of substantial Continental GP4000s.
Scrubbing off speed comes courtesy of Campagnolo Record Skeleton brakes. They definitely do the trick, but the rear lacked power even though it was a dual pivot rather than the single pivot differential model. Well machined braking surfaces make for progressive braking control.
Shifting feel in the 11-speed Record levers was positive and nicely notchy, with firm detents built into the paddle movement; you get plenty of feedback but the internal cable routing made accuracy suffer a little due to cable flex.
if you want to pay homage to the glory days of old while racing on top of the latest cutting-edge carbon technology, you'd be hard-pressed to surpass the Daccordi Divo. But if training time is in short supply, fitted with a wide ratio compact drivetrain, you can settle for the sportive circuit on this bike and still look good when you roll over the timing mat.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.