”You know the brands that came out of the garages… Some dazzled our eyes with all its simplicity, some made it easier with the innovation they had and others were quite successful even before we had responded to the needs we were not aware of yet. So, what are the common features of all these brands? Our answer to this question consists of a single word: Passion!
When Alcide built his rst bicycle in 1977 in his father’s garage, ‘’Basso’’ was only his family name. However, he was already aware of the DNA he carried and got the ultimate inspiration and motivation from his brother, Marino Basso, who won the World Cycling Championship in 1972.
As time went by, manufacturing bicycles with different materials such as aluminium, steel and carbon bres with a Basso logo on them kept the soul and identity, this continued to remain the same and was protected by the core values that were born out of that garage, in Veneto, Italy.
At the end of 40 years, we, as Basso, are an outstanding brand who are immensely proud of our bicycles. Even though we are not located in a garage anymore, we still do the entire production in our own habitat. As such, we changed the location but not the domain and are still gladly manufacturing in Italy.
With all the passion and manufacturing traditions we have, Basso are glad to present something special for our loyal riders and cycling fans from all around the world.”
This is how Basso announced its new bicycle named as Basso Diamante 40th Year Anniversary Edition.
They mentioned that the inspiration of the design for this bicycle comes from the 1982 GAP model. They adapted it to today’s trends, blended with the technology of Diamante which is already famous with its all-round bicycle characteristics. You will notice the use of the small logos, and details on particular parts of the frame such as seat stays and fork crown. The weight of the frame is 780gr without the special crome paint on it.
The structure of Diamante is made of one of Toray’s high modulus carbon fibers. 1K weave is the general one for frameset. You can check the details by clicking here.
If you are a rider who is looking for a low, fast, stiff race bicycle, Basso Diamante will surely satisfy you. But if you don’t like a racy fit, you should be very careful. Both the long top tube and short stack put the rider into a long and low position. Comfort kit can raise the handlebar by two centimeters. However it still may may not be high enough for some riders.
Basso claims that the comfort kit doesn’t affect front-end stiffness or responsiveness of bicycle. On the other hand, the BB86 bottom bracket and oversize BB area exhibited little to no flex—the bike felt like it wanted to jump up the road with the slightest effort.
We tested the bicycle with Campagnolo Bora Ultra wheels but if you are not keen on being that aero on it, go for a lower profile which completes the characteristics of the bicycle in a better way.
The steering and especially the handling skills of the bicycle are pretty awesome. You’ll get this when you’re at high speed with your group or when you are at descending just after your glorious climb. Diamante provides you an utmost confidence on cornering and we’re sure that you’ll try to brake as late as possible just because you don’t like to slow down the bicycle. However, it won’t take too much time to find your optimum speed again since the bicycle’s responsiveness is at high level.
It’s obviously a bicycle, which is designed and manufactured to be a race machine. We cannot say that Basso Diamante is a really too comfortable bicycle or something. However it is comfortable enough when you consider the performance. The feeling of the ride depending on efficiency will surely be the first thing you’ll talk about when you finish your first ride.
Basso will produce only 400 pieces of this frame and you can get in touch with them via firstname.lastname@example.org just after you build your bicycle from here.