Basso has revamped its Diamante road bike, shedding weight by some 200 grams thanks to new tube shapes and profiles, resulting in a frameset that tips the scales at a feathery 760 grams in a size 56cm.
“Leaving the starting point to go elsewhere, outside your own schemes, to explore and then come back enriched, so as to evolve what you started from. A circular movement that becomes a spiral as it perfects itself, enclosing the past and the future. The spirit of Basso flows in the circular tubes of the Diamante frame. A shape that is not just an aesthetic solution but the research to obtain the best performance from a material, carbon,” muses Basso.
In addition to putting the Diamante on a diet, Basso also slightly tweaked the geometry, increasing the head tube by one centimeter across all sizes for a more relaxed position, along with a shorter reach, slacker head tube angle and higher seat stays in order to improve handling and stability.
“We meticulously study carbon to enhance its characteristics through its shape. In the areas where energy is generated and discharged – the bottom bracket and steering area -, the circular shape, in addition to reducing the thickness and weight of the tubes, gives greater torsional rigidity, so that all the pedaling energy translates into progression and riding precision. This solution allows to obtain greater lightness, rigidity and control, with the result of not losing power and acquiring stability,” says Basso.
The storied Italian brand also gave the Diamante a new one-piece cockpit that routes all cables and hoses internally, which weighs in at an impressive 330 grams.
The frameset also gets new seatpost options, giving customers a choice between either a 0-degree or 2.5-degree set-back, while the D-section post still uses Basso’s patented 3B Gen 2 clamp.
Of course, things wouldn’t be complete if Basso didn’t up the styling quotient on the new Diamante as well, adding a new graphic to the frameset that features eight columns, representing the eight generations of the Diamante in its 22-year history, along with the signature of Alcide Basso on the top tube to signify the company’s founding in 1977.
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