For nearly 30 years the Astra model has been beautifully hand-made in northeastern Italy, the first of which was constructed from steel and welded to perfection by the exacting hands of Basso’s artisan framebuilders.
From its alloy origins to its modern-day carbon fiber construction, the Astra has evolved over five generations, the latest representing the cumulative knowledge and experience gained from the previous five models.
“The all-new 2020 Astra pushes the limits farther than any version before it and does so with a good dose of style. Produced entirely in house by the skilled hands of the Basso staff, the latest version of the Astra model incorporates a great deal of technology that derives from its upper tier siblings and adopts a design that follows a tighter family feeling than ever before. Its pure racing pedigree is evident as many similarities between it and both Diamante models can be seen even upon first glance,” says Basso.
Astra not only incorporates Basso’s proven geometry, but features new tube profiles and shapes to further enhance its vertical and lateral compliance, as well as the frame’s aerodynamic efficiency. Moreover, a larger, more robust headtube mated to the downtube, which now features a unique side “channel” and completely redesigned seatstays and chainstays, confer better power transfer than ever before.
Constructed in Italy using 100% 3k Torayca High Modulous Carbon Fiber and a blend of T700 and MR60 fibers, the Astra is capable of offering performance on par with its more expensive siblings with the only compromise coming from a few extra grams.
“Add to the prestigious structure of the new model several design characteristics most commonly seen in higher priced offerings and you have not only a podium worthy race bike but one that represents a fantastic value proposition. The integrated seatpost clamp, internally routed cables, premium paint job and extremely minimal and sophisticated graphic design make for a beautiful ride that punches well above its weight in terms of tech, performance, reliability and value”, adds Basso.
“The all new Astra is a fine example of the Basso philosophy of a functionally beautiful, beautifully functional product that is produced to a higher standard. A true made in Italy made better by Basso is a bike that everyone should aspire to own. With the 2020 version of the Astra that is an aspiration within reach of a wider audience. Ride Better, Ride Basso.”
The Astra Evolution is available in a range of seven sizes, along with a number of nicely chosen colorways, which you can learn more about by visiting Basso’s website or their official importer in the USA, Trialtir.
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