The Basso Diamante…
“Basso is extremely proud that its bikes are made in Italy. The Diamante has reminders of this decalled all over the frame. This bike is more Italian than a pair of white jeans with gold embroidered pockets. It’s bold and unashamedly so, but it’s also beautiful. The geometry reminds me of my bike, a 2006 Merckx 3XM, which was also made in Italy, though finished in Belgium. The Diamante has the same beefy seat tube junction and similar rake to the fork. I love the way my Merckx handles so hoped the aesthetics similarities would translate to the ride quality. It’s accepted that Asian bikes are on par (or even above) with European products but a legacy of my younger days lingers. I’m not sure what it is that makes Italian bikes so nice to ride but there is something special about the handling – a sweet spot between comfort and agility.”
– Read all of Shane Lovejoy’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #60.
Detail of details…
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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Basso Diamante:
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