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Basso Astra Frameset <p>Endurance road is an idea as much as a category. Long miles, ridden hard, up, down, around, all terrain, all conditions. The Basso Astra is a more traditional racing bike than their Diamantes, with a slightly more stable, smoother ride, as well as offering a bit more stack and less reach. If you&rsquo;re short of WorldTour flexibility, this is a smart choice, as the comfort provided, as well as the efficiency in the system, helps you go faster. This is still very much a race bike. Just one you can slam the stem on, which is a plus for front-end stiffness and steering precision. </p> <p>The bike, despite the cutting-edge production and shaping, rides very much like a classic Basso. The geometry as well as the tubing shapes and carbon plies work together to result in a bike that helps you feel in control whether sprinting out of a sharp corner or zooming down a steep, straight road.</p> <p>The frame is made entirely of carbon, with no aluminum reinforcements anywhere. This saves weight, and with Basso, they more than made up the strength by using three types of carbon fiber placed at three different orientations to maximize the strengths of the material. The bulk of the fiber mix is headlined by Torayca High Modulus Carbon Fiber T700-MR60. They&rsquo;ve even added 3K plies on the inside of the heat tube and bottom bracket juncture to increase stiffness without adding weight.</p> <p>Several of the frame tubes have been sculpted to slice the wind. They&rsquo;re slippery, with a bladed head tube and Kamm-tail style downtube, and a slight cutout at the bottom of the seat tube to better shroud the rear wheel and fit larger tires—25-28mm depending on the rim and tire combo. </p> <p>But the aerodynamics hasn&rsquo;t been maximized because they wanted to balance out aero with stiffness and compliance. The aero is here to compliment the rest of the ride. That&rsquo;s why the downtube flares wide to the BB86 bottom bracket, which also helps keep the chainstays as wide as possible, for better lateral bracing still. But these features aren&rsquo;t at the expense of road compliance. They&rsquo;ve flattened and bowed the seat stays to take up road vibrations and chatter. And the included seatpost is round, 31.6mm in diameter, because the shape works better at dealing with bump absorption. The top tube is also designed for compliance, starting big in front, and flattening and narrowing as it travels back to the seat cluster. </p> <p>The bike comes with a 350mm long seatpost possessing 15mm of setback. It also includes a tapered 1 1/8&rdquo; to 1 ½&rdquo; headset to match the tapered steerer. They have thrown in a Basso stem and three 5mm Basso stack spacers, which are designed to match the stem and maximize aerodynamics. Whether you&rsquo;re running mechanical or electronic shifting, the Astra can handle it, with stops and plugs included, allowing you to choose the shifting mode you prefer.</p> <p>The Basso Astra is a classic road bike built out of carbon-fiber, marrying a classic ride with modern materials. </p>
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