Basso bikes and frames are made in the city of Dueville, near Vincenza (home of Campagnolo) in northern Italy. The shop is owned by the three Basso brothers, Marino, Renato and Alcide (company founder).
Brother Marino was one of professional cycling's finest sprinters of the 1970s. While he won many races, including Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España stages, he is best known for winning the 1972 world road professional racing championships in Gap, France.
Basso frame and fork, 48 cm x 50 cm top tube. Used, $300: frame, fork and headset only. Pictured wheels and seat post are not included.
This frame is made from Columbus tubing, but the exact model of tubing cannot be determined because the decal is scratched.
It has an interesting pump braze-on (see detail picture below), and two water bottle braze-ons.
The dropouts are custom-Basso engraved. The cables run under the bottom bracket.
This classic bike from the late 1970s or early 1980s will give a lovely, comfortable ride.
The short, flat fork crown allows for longer fork blades, giving a more comfortable, sure ride. The tubing decal at the top of the seat tube is illegible.
Rear triangle view. Brazing the seat stays to the sides of the seat lugs makes them longer and allows them to bow more. This means a more compliant ride, so important in smaller frames. Note there is no front derailleur braze-on
Close-up of the pump braze-on .