High-end Basso

Has an eye-catching early-1990s paint job to boot.


Up for auction is a vintage road bike from the legendary bicycle company Basso Loto. The frame has been purchased 3 years ago by a friend of mine as an “old stock” frame from the Austrian bike shop and manufacturer “RIH”. They had the frame on stock for over 20 years. This is also the reason why you hardly find any decals on the frame. The dealer RIH ordered these frames free of any decals and added their own decals. I think the frame dates back to +/- 1990. The bike is 2×7 speed. The frame itself has less than 500km, my friend built it up and was too concerned about the condition that he only used it on a few sunday rides. Also the whole bike is in very good condition with minor signs of use.

As my friend works as a professional bike mechanic, everything works very well, it shiftes and brakes well, but it could be improved after shipment and reassembling by putting some fresh grease and oil on the mechanical parts and do a little bit of brake and gear adjusting. The tires are tubulars, they are not new, but in good condition (Liontyres). The bike is generally very clean, but you may find traces of dirt here and there. The paint and decals are original and unrestored.

The frame is made of Columbus SLX tubing. The paint is 99% mint, there may be 2-3 paint imperfections that are about 1-2mm and there is a bit of paint loss on the nipple where you can place the chain (right rear stay). There are no “touch ups”.

The bike is mainly equipped with Campagnolo components. The crankset is an outstanding Miche Supertype with TA Specialities chainrings. Most parts are Super Record and C-Record. The components are all in very good to excellent condition, showing definitely only very low milage.

From Campagnolo are: front (C-Record) and rear derailleur (Super Record); hubs and skewers (Super Record); brake calipers (Super Record); brake levers (C-Record); shifting levers (C-Record); headset (Record); the seatpost is a non-aero C-Record.

Components from other manufacturers are: the awesome lightweight Miche Supertype crank; the saddle (Selle San Marco Regal Girardi); the stem and the handlebar (Cinelli Grammo Titanium and Cinelli Giro d’Italia which has been shortened slightly); the rims (Mavic GP4 for tubulars); the bottom bracket is one with Titanium spindle; the pedals (MKS Sylvan, brandnew).

Frame size: according to my measuring: 57.5cm tall (center – center), 58.5 (center – upper end); 56.5cm long (center – center).



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