2019 Basso Diamante
Considering Basso is based at the foot of the south-eastern Alps in Italy – prettily named the Venetian Prealps, which as Prealpi Venete sounds even better in Italian – it should come as no surprise that this is a bike brand that makes frames like the Basso Diamante that climb effortlessly and descend amazingly.
It’s an odd, unfortunate fact of bicycle manufacturing that the two often do not go together. Super light climbing machines often offer jittery, pee-yourself while descending handling. And bikes that are smooth and stable on a descent can be a bit of a drag when you have to make your way back up the hill. But none of that is true with the Diamante. This is the latest update for the Diamante, and as such, Basso’s designers have added features that not only enhance the performance, but the ride quality and comfort as well. They start with the highest quality carbon they can find, and use a variation of carbon sheets with fibers oriented at 0°, 22°,45°and 3 types carbon filaments using 1K, 3K and UD weaves. They have given the tubing shapes special attention to increase rigidity without compromising on the aero qualities. So the bottom bracket flex and the head tube torsion have apparently been improved by as much as 50% over the previous Diamante. That’s a significant number.
The front end has a special design as well to allow you to get as low and aero as your flexibility and core strength will allow you. It is a design feature that they call their Blade Front that semi-integrates the fork-frame-stem juncture point. It’s a design that really means you can get very low down if you want, but it comes with a “comfort package” that will allow you to raise your handlebar position without losing the rigidity up front and handling characteristics. It works in conjunction with the tapered head tube which works to retain the desired stiffness and solid handling on the front end. And to prevent vibrations from reverberating up your backside and avoid completely the abhorrent seatpost rattle in the seat tube, Basso has used their patented 3B-BASSO seat clamp system. It uses a triple point fixing method combined with an anti-vibration rubber gusset to secure and cushion the seatpost. It will eliminate seatpost slip as well.
The Basso Diamante can fit up to 28mm tires even in the rim brake version, and is compatible with electronic and mechanical groupsets. It’s an Italian racing bike made to be ridden hard and raced harder. But it has that extra little bit of playfulness that will make it your favorite bike no matter what the day’s course will bring.
Frame: 1K Torayca High Modulus Carbon Fiber in T1000 and T800
Fork: Basso Diamante carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Headset Included: Yes
Stem: Included, Basso Diamante alloy -11° or 0°
Bottom Bracket Type: BB86 Press Fit
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electronic
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Direct mount
Seatpost Diameter: Dedicated
Seatpost Included: Yes, Basso Diamante carbon
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 45cm | 48cm | 51cm | 53cm | 56cm | 58cm | 61cm |
Colors: Electric Sky, Rubin Red, Italia, Lunar Blue, Selenite Grey
*Specs are subject to change. Please contact email@example.com for more info.