Basso Ascot

Not the same old, same old, eh? Looks like an Italian stallion that couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a Celeste Bianchi or a Rosso corsa Cinelli and ended up splitting the difference.

Eye-catching colors for sure. We’d ride it.


56cm seat tube x 56,5cm top tube
Columbus MS (Multi Shape)
Campagnolo Record / Athena

For sale is one of my favorite road bikes that I have ridden many times. Its a Basso Ascot, early 90s top of the line bicycle built by the italian manufacturer Basso. This model of Basso has its special features rare and interesting and at the same time practical: Each tube is of different shape improving the frame stiffness.
Top tube is lemon shaped on the sides, down tube is an up side down tear shaped tube, rear stays are different: left is triangular shape and right one is oval shaped. Rear stays are brazed together and behind the seat lug in a very professional fashion. Fork crown is “B” engraved in Basso style. Front lugs of main tubes are cut short and typical only to this line of frames. Bottom bracket is the special MS version built to fit the tear shaped down tube, and is Columbus MS engraved.

I found the frame is a bad repainted condition, and after months work in finding the right paint and the right painter, I managed to have it restored to its original form. The paint and lacquer are of 8/10 with small paint faults when viewed close up, but the effect is beautiful overall.
Because I have used this bicycle regularly once every few weeks, some chips appeared on the paint.

Some components have been changed since these pictures were taken two years ago, but aesthetically the bicycle remains the same:
The Rolls saddle pictured is not available any more, has been replaced for a similarly white Selle Royal Dolphin saddle of same era. The rear derailleur has also been changed to a identical model during the past year in slightly more used condition.
The black stem has been replaced by a gray Dura Ace AX stem, and the handlebars are Deda slightly shorter rearch version.
Wheels are in very good condition and so is the bicycle and parts overall.

Basso Ascot Frame: 56cm ST x 56,6cm TT
Headset: Campagnolo Athena
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Mirage
Crank set: Campagnolo Athena 1st gen.
STI levers: Campagnolo Mirage
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Athena
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Athena
Brake calipers: Campagnolo Record double pivot
Seatpost: Dura Ace 7400 / Campagnolo Record / Athena (can be replaced)
Saddle: Selle Royal Dolphin (white)
Pedals: Campagnolo Athena + straps (optional)
Wheels: Campagnolo Shamal (Record Titanium) 16 spokes
Tyres: Michelin Hi Lite PRO vintage 700×23 little wear
Chain: Campagnolo C8
Stem: Dura Ace AX
Handlebars: Deda


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).

Mostly there Basso Gap

Bring your own saddle and tires.


Basso Gap 3 Cicli 58 cm Campagnolo Record components. Frame and components made in Italy.

First, what I don’t like:

1. no seat
2. ripped bar tape(previous owner mounted tri bars on it)
3. rear tire has a leak, front tire has a bulge – tires should be replaced.

What I do like:

1. The whole bike appears to be Campagnolo Record stock. No missing groupo components or funky part replacements. Even the brake pads are Campy.
2. The cassette, crankset, and chain appear to have extremely little use. This bike clearly lived a solitary life in a basement or garage. Even the Campy brake pads are like new.
3. Hubs are tight and spin super smooth. Bottom bracket is tight, and the cranks will spin forever. Headset is smooth as well. Again, this is obviously a very low mileage bike. Front and rear shifting are perfect.

Crankset Campagnolo Strada 52/42 Strada 170. Rings are stock Campy(extremely little use)
Bottom Bracket Campy (super smooth)
Cassette 13-23 6spd Campy (extremely little use)
Rear Der Campy with Campy pulley wheels
Front Der Campy
Hubs Campagnolo Record (tight and super smooth.
Rims Mavic GP4 tubulars
Quick release levers Campagnolo
Brakes Campagnolo with like new Campy pads
Brake levers and hoods Campagnolo
Headset Campagnolo Italy
Shift levers Campagnolo
Seat post Campagnolo fluted
Stem Cinelli (bar clamp bolt on the underside of stem)
Bars Cinelli 63 40
Frame 58cm serial # 412193

Postscript: the auction closed at $528.89.

51cm Basso

Here’s a conversion that needs a little work. However, the frame looks like it would be worth saving.


51 cm Basso Fixed Gear Bike – $599 (West Village)

This beautiful Columbus Tubing 1980’s Basso bike has been converted to fixed gear bike with flip flop rear wheel, Campy V-Force crank and bottom braket. Original Basso seat. New Michelin Orion tires. 30″ standover. Ready to ride. Will install rear brake if you dont want to ride fixed.

1984 Basso Pista (Columbus, OH)

Awesome deal…


1984 Basso Pista – $500 (German Village)

Pictured is a 1980’s Basso track bike, made in Italy. Lugged Columbus tube set with the original fork. The bottom bracket is Italian threaded, the fork is 1″threaded, seatpost diameter is 27.2mm.

The bike is in perfect working order, with some patina reflective of it’s age. Decal sets are available on eBay for $40, I restored an identical model last year.

The frame, fork, headset, stem and handlebar are period correct. The Dura-Ace crankset (172.5mm) and Dura-Ace octalink bottom bracket are modern. Wheels are 28 spoke 3x, laced to Mavic clinchers and Miche high-flange track hubs. Tires are Michelin Pro Race service course.

TT: 545mm
ST: 570
HT: 180
Stem: 130
Handlebars: 400
Crank arms: 172.5

This bike has seen it’s share of time at the velodrome over the years, but is certainly a great vintage bike for around town. I have several and am looking to make room, so this one is up for sale.

$500 as pictured
$300 frame, fork, headset, crankset and bottom bracket.

Basso Italian track bike frameset

Looks like BYOW (Bring Your Own Wheels). Boo.


Basso Italian track bike – $1200 (New Haven, CT)

Basso Italian track bike. 59cm. Only ridden on the track. Perfect condition. Someone please put her to good use.

+ Frame & fork
+ Campagnolo Record headset
+ Sugino cranks, Campagnolo bottom bracket.
+ Campagnolo seat post (custom matching design)
+ Nitto pearl stem
+ Nitto B123 drops
+ Fi’zi:k Arione R5 saddle (has only a small slight abrasion)
+ Fi’zi:k bar tape (hardly worn)

No Included:
+ wheel set
+ flat pedals and cages (negotiable)

Basso conversion; some assy required

Someone please save this. Sounds/looks like it’s worth saving— just needs a visit with a proper mechanic.


Basso 48cm, Fixed Gear, needs some love – $150 (Windsor Terrace)

Mid 80s Basso frame with Velocity rear, IRD cranks, Charge saddle, and Nitto Bar/Stem combo. Recently replaced the Bottom Bracket myself but needs to be tightened since I may not have had all the proper tools. The parts alone are worth the 500. Always kept inside, never crashed.