I first met Dario 4 years ago, right after we launched the SuperPista Ultimate to great fanfare across the cycling industry. It was an incredibly polarizing product, with mechanics, frame builders and lifetime enthusiasts really supporting the idea, and an army of trolls on the internet telling us that we were the worst humans ever for making something so expensive.
Internally, we were flooded with requests from teams, shops and builders around the world wanting to buy the pumps and immediately those same customers were asking about Impero frame pumps for custom painting to match frames. At the same time, Bicycling Magazine had just published an article about the pump entitled 'Functional Art' and it felt like a movement had been born. Within weeks we were working with Richard Sachs, Joe Bell, Vanilla/Speedvagen, Velocolour, and Black Magic. Richard Sachs was kind enough to make an email introduction to Dario and a day later we were on the phone discussing an artist series of pumps!
Four years later and it's been exhilarating to see the response to these pumps, selling out in minutes every time we are able to offer them. These pumps have appeared in over 100 magazines and gear guides, been exhibited in half a dozen art galleries and are in the collections of some of the most renowned cycling history collectors as well as art collectors. It has also been amazing to see how this exposure has helped Dario and his team, who are now seeing higher demand than ever for bikes, while Dario is also now involved in art collaborations Rocket Espresso machines, surfboards, skateboards and now stunning large canvasses which have been exhibited in galleries around the world.
As with all great things, our collaboration with Dario now must come to an end as the. He has send us a final, stunning run of 12 Ciavete pumps. These are some of the most detailed and interesting ones we've ever received and feature all of the techniques that make his work so striking and memorable. We are sure you will love them as much as we do!
- Josh Poertner