Basso has been consistently making its way back on the road bike scene over the last couple of years, even here in the USA, with some pretty adroit looking models like Diamante, Astra and its all-new time trial bike – the Kronos.
However, given cyclocross’ solid footprint on these shores, to include the explosive rise of disc equipped “gravel bikes”, it’s not surprising that Basso would step into that arena with a dedicated model of its own.
Indeed, the Italian marque has launched a new bike specifically to meet those challenges- called the FastCross Disc.
The FastCross is predicated on Basso’s newly developed full monocoque, unidirectional carbon fiber frame made from exclusive Torayco TR50 and MR60 material, which features a tapered head-tube, an integrated 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 headset, 15mm front thru-axle and 12 x 142 in the rear, with clearance for 35mm tires and provisions for a direct mount front derailleur – should one decide to use a groupset other than a 1 x 11.
The geometry is a little on the aggressive side in terms of reach and head tube height, but that’s typical of cyclocross.
The FastCross is available with either a 1×11 Shimano 105 ($3,000) groupset, or SRAM Rival build, ($4,480).
Looks like Basso has put the “bass” back in bike.
The FastCross seen at this year’s Interbike show
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