BASSO DIAMANTE Carbon ~2013~ Campy “ATHENA” 11spd Road Bike Complete Size 58 NEW


<div style=”text-align:center”><img src=”” border=”0″><br><table align=”center”><tr><td><a style=”text-decoration:none” href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”” border=”0″></a></td><td height=”21px” valign=”middle” align=”center”><font face=”arial” size=”2″><b><a href=”” target=”_blank”>bicycleclassics</a> Store</b></font></td></tr></table></div> <img src=”” border=”0″><br><a href=”″ target=”_blank”><img src=”” border=”0″></a>BASSO DIAMANTE Carbon Campy ATHENA 11spd Road Bike Complete This frame set alone has a MSRP : of near the total value of the bicycle being sold here , Size 58cm ……. This bicycle is a piece of artwork ,, complete bike sent to us via Vicenza Italy (short rubber) This bicycle was assembled at Campagnolo USA in Carlsbad Ca. The components in the photos are the actual components photographed just after assembly. So you need to buy a great Italian bike still completely made in Italy? A brand that makes all their frames in an extremely top quality environment. You have very few choices but Basso is one! Weight Basso Frame 1253 grams painted with bits including press in BB Weight Basso Fork 386 grams uncut 295mm steerer Wheels : Mavic Ksyrium RIMSMaterial: MaxtalHeight: front 24mm, rear 26 asymmetricalJoint: SUPDrilling: ForeBrake track: UB ControlWeight reduction: ISM 4DValve hole diameter: 6.5 mmTyre: clincherETRTO size: 622x17CRecommended tyre sizes: 25 to 32 mmSPOKESMaterial: steelShape: straight pull, bladed, front double buttedNipples: Fore integrated aluminumCount: front 18, rear 20Lacing: front radial, rear IsopulseHUBSFront and rear bodies: aluminumAxle material: aluminumAdjustable sealed cartridge bearingsFreewheel: FTS-L steelTYREYksion Pro GripLink (front) & PowerLink (rear)Front and Rear Tread: Single CompoundCasing: 127 TPIBreaker: Front Kevlar, Rear nylonDimension: 25-622 (700x25c)Max. Pressure: 25mm 7.7 bars – 110 PSI Weights : Micro Tech items seat post clamp 31 grams stem 110mm 145 grams head set 79 grams expanding clamp 42 grams wing handle bars 253 grams Seat Post :Deda RS 01 31.6 /350mm 323 grams Saddle:Weight Fiizik PAVE’ 238 grams Tires :Michelin Lithion 2 (700×23) ~230 gramsmounted with latex tubes CAMPAGNOLO ATHENA : Weights Actual Weights chain 255 grams cassette 230 grams 12/28 rear brake 152 grams front brake 179 grams rear derailleur 209 grams front BZ der* 92 grams cables/casings 212 grams Carbon Crank 640 grams 172.5 34/50 shift lever LEFT 184 grams shift lever RIGHT 188 grams ESTIMATED WEIGHT 16.53 lbs BASSO DIAMANTE REVIEWMay 14, 2013by Matt Wikstrom, CTech Editor The folks at Basso Bikes have been making racing bikes for more than 35 years in their Italian factory near Vicenza. Their catalogue was once devoted to steel though in recent years steel has been replaced by carbon. The Diamante is their premium frameset. There is another Basso family famous for cycling in Italy, but this one is not related to Ivan Basso. This Basso family comprises a trio of boys born between 1945 and 1954. Marino Basso is the oldest and his talent for bike racing took him into the professional ranks in the late 1960s and into a World Road Cycling Championship in 1972. He also enjoyed multiple sprint wins in all three grand tours. Marino’s brothers shared the same passion for cycling but neither had the same talent or devotion to racing. The youngest Basso boy, Alcide, was attracted to bike shops in his youth and was soon serving as a mechanic for his brother’s professional teams. In 1974, Alcide converted his garage into a workshop so that he could start building his own frames. He opened a bike shop in 1976 and in 1977 he formally established Basso Bikes with the help of his brothers. Basso Bikes is located in the north of Italy in the small commune of Dueville, just outside of Vicenza. The company has a long history of working with steel tubing and Alcide collaborated with engineers and tubing manufacturers to refine his racing framesets. During the 90s, the company moved to titanium then aluminium and eventually carbon. Alcide Basso’s dedication to understanding and experimenting with his chosen building materials continues. “For the bicycles that bear my name,” says Alcide, “I use only the best materials, mainly derived from the aerospace industry, which are developed and engineered specifically for bicycle use. With these materials we have created the new Diamante, the Astra and the Laguna, all capable of outstanding performances.” Before the ride The Diamante is constructed from one of Toray’s premium high modulus carbon fibers, Torayca T700. 1K weave is used throughout the frameset, and for those with an understanding of lay-up structure, the company list the details for each tube of the frame. The main tubes (except the seat tube) are made from five layers of carbon weave whilst the head tube gets an extra layer and lateral ridges to make it the most rigid part of the bike. In contrast, the seat tube is constructed from four layers of Torayca to provide the frameset with a measure of compliance. The immensity of the bottom bracket and headtube junctions clearly announces the race intentions of this bike. The Diamante features a tapered (1.125-1.5 inch) headtube and a BB86 bottom bracket. The BB86 shell accepts Shimano’s Press-fit bearings for all of its road cranksets whilst other manufacturers such as Campagnolo and FSA make adapters to suit their cranksets. The seat tube accepts a 31.8mm post and a 34.9mm band is required for the front derailleur. The Diamante frame weighs 880-930g and the forks 360g, making for a total of 1240-1290g, depending on the size of the frame. There are seven sizes to make a choice from and the geometry is pretty conservative when compared to an aggressive race frame. Most noticeable is the extra length in the head tube, a little tall for experienced racers perhaps, otherwise well suited to regular riders. I had little trouble setting up a size 56 for my needs though the saddle setback was a little short, even after swapping to a post with extra setback. As mentioned above, the frame accepts a common 31.6mm post and a 1.125″ stem, so riders shouldn’t have much trouble fine-tuning the fit of the Diamante to suit unless they’re looking for an extremely low handlebar position. The Diamante is available in four colour schemes: matt black with green highlights, matt black with white highlights, matt black with red highlights, and gloss white with red highlights. The finish is simple, understated, or perhaps a little dull, depending on taste, but it is expertly executed. Long sections of the main tubes and fork legs are left naked on the black frames so that admirers can take in the 1K weave of the carbon. As is the custom for many Italian brands, Basso refuses to limit the use of its logo, and proudly acknowledges il Tricolore. The Diamante frameset retails for $5999, whilst complete bikes start at $6599 (Shimano Ultegra build). Building up the Diamante was a straightforward affair. The derailleur cables are best installed in the frame before the forks are fitted rather than trying to blindly thread them around the steerer. The stock headset, supplied by Microtech, Basso’s in-house accessories brand, seems a dependable unit. The Campagnolo BB86 adapter cups press into the bottom bracket by hand and readily accepted the Campagnolo cranks, though an extra wave washer was required take up a little extra play (the Ultra-Torque design suffers from a lack of adjustment for bearing pre-load, so extra washers and/or shims must be used to removed any play regardless of the bottom bracket format). Building up a new frameset will all the time uncover its dirty secrets, be it a poor finish or an ill-considered design feature, but for the Diamante, there were no such secrets to be found. After the ride The Diamante is a sensational bike to ride, offering near-perfect handling. Perhaps it’s the stout head tube, clever layering of top-shelf carbon fibre, or an Italian knack for steering, but this bike is the most stable bike that I’ve ever ridden. Then again, it also turns beautifully and is incredibly responsive. Up until now, I’ve only experienced one or the other in a bike, and had presumed an uneasy compromise was the best I could ever hope for. The quality of Diamante’s handling deserves more than just one paragraph. I need a better word than “stable” for a bike that is completely unperturbed by speed. Indeed, this bike has a need for speed. Riding no-handed at 40km/hr failed to uncover any instability, and taking a hand off the bars at 70km/hr also failed to unsettle the front end. I’ve never had any trouble finding the limit of a bike whilst descending but that never happened on the Diamante. No wobbles, no shimmies, never a vague moment, the Diamante stayed on-task for the whole time and I ran out of hill without challenging the ability of this bike. The Diamante has plenty more to offer than just great steering. The bottom bracket and chain stays are as efficient as those of the Scott Foil, delivering impressive power transfer, but with none of the road buzz or potential discomfort of the Foil. I found myself looking for excuses to jump out of the saddle to revel in the ability of this bike to accelerate. The Diamante never tires, is all the time willing for one more effort, and may be the most enthusiastic training buddy you could ever hope for. Campagnolo’s 11spd groupset is a great match for the Diamante. The two products hail from the same region of Italy, and both have been designed for performance. I’m still riding a Campag groupset from the previous generation such a lot of of the changes to the design were immediately obvious. The long levers make for lighter shifting and more immediate braking, the hoods are a little deeper with extra reach, and once run in, the chain and cogs are super smooth and close to silent. The essence of the group remains unchanged — the shifting maintains its tactility and the shortcomings of the bottom bracket persist — but it’s all been updated with carbon fibre and black paint, and I’m sure it’s going to prove to be as reliable and robust as previous generations. . Final thoughts and summary This Diamante is a high performance race chassis that will be relished by racers and experienced riders. The stability of the frameset and its eagerness for speed will encourage the confidence of any rider jostling for position at the front of the bunch and it’s going to reward aggressive riding. The presentation doesn’t offer numerous bling for the asking price but any rider that spends time on this bike will come to appreciate its near-perfect performance and handling rather than admiring the finish of the frame. NEAR-PERFECTThe Basso Diamante is an elite frameset designed for high-performance use. The stout chassis offers a near-perfect blend of outstanding responsiveness and incredibly stable handling that is also very efficient and can be ridden all day in comfort. Potential buyers may not find a lot to appreciate about this bike in the showroom or on a short test ride around the neighbourhood because this bike needs to be challenged in order to shine.GOOD STUFFNear-perfect handlingIncredible responsivenessStout chassis that is also comfortable On Sep-26-14 at 21:07:48 PDT, seller added the following information: <div style=”text-align:center”><a style=”text-decoration:none” href=”″><img src=”” border=”0″></a></div>


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