Basso has updated its Astra road bike for 2021, adding many of the features of its more expensive siblings at a mid-level price point.
For instance, the Astra’s straight blade fork and rear triangle now take their deign cues from Basso’s flagship Diamante SV, along with the same approach to geometry, conferring responsive handling and acceleration in a comfortable position for the “long haul”.
“Astra incorporates the tried, tested and racer approved Basso geometry and mates it with a sophisticated tube structure that adds efficiency thanks to both form and function. While aerodynamic thanks to tube profiles the new model is also more efficient thanks to the functional properties of the carbon structure,” explains Basso.
Like all Basso frames, the Astra is handmade at the Italian brand’s facility in the Veneto, comprising the highest level of materials such as Torayca 3K High Modulous carbon from a blend of T700 and MR60 fibers.
“The 2021 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. Also, a larger, more solid head tube joins with an extremely efficient downtube, made more so thanks to a particular form highlighted by its characteristic side “channel”. Both tubes couple with completely redesigned chain stays to confer fantastic power transfer thanks to a solid, reactive complete unit of lower tubes (head tube, down tube, chainstays),” adds Basso.
The Astra is offered in seven sizes, along with three bold new colorways.
Complete bikes are also available in a number of builds ranging from SRAM Force eTap AXS to both mechanical and electronic versions of Shimano Ultegra. And, for the Italian at heart, the Astra is also available with Campagnolo Chorus.
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