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Handmade Italian frames have seen a renaissance of late, and the Basso Diamante SV Frameset shows why. It’s light, it’s stiff, it’s aero. It puts you in a classic racer position, and it looks incredible. The Diamante SV is the work of artisans who translate carbon fiber and tube shapes and frame geometry into a great ride. They employ a mix of Torayca carbon-fiber plies, including their high modulus T1000 and T800 cloth.

Weight. Aero shaping typically adds some weight to improve aerodynamics and retain stiffness frame stiffness. They need more material to get the elongated shapes, and since the elongated shapes are often in opposition to the needs of propelling a bicycle, even more material needs to be added. At 820g for the frame, and 390g for the fork, it’s hard to believe they actually added grams. Maybe it has to do with the fact that there are no aluminum pieces in the carbon, save the derailleur hangers. Then again, their more traditional Diamante is only 790g for the frame. And the two frames share the same torsional stiffness values at the bottom bracket and head tube. This is due to both the frame shaping as well as the wide BB86 bottom bracket shell and 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” tapered steerer tube.

The aero shaping is both dramatic and subtle. When seen from the side, the bike almost looks traditional. But the head tube and fork legs are shaped to smoothly move the wind around them, the fork crown smoothly blends into the downtube, the downtube is a modified Kamm Tail design with is lowered and almost U-shaped to better shroud bottles and fight torsional flex, and the seat tube is shaped to shroud the rear wheel. The shortened seat stays are aero shaped and also mean that the Kamm Tail seat tube has less turbulence behind it, and the less support adds vertical compliance at the top of the seat tube.

At every point of the bike, you’ll find things that improve on what you’ve come to expect as standard. The brakes are directly-mounted to the frame, moving them closer for better aerodynamics, lightening them up, and improving brake stiffness. The proprietary seat post, 350mm long with 15mm of setback and with measurement markings on the back, is U-shaped and goes into the frame through an elastomer. The gasket damps road vibrations and sits above the integrated three-bolt fixing system they’ve designed. These bolts sit flush with the back of the seat tube. The shaping is such you can fit 28mm tires without issue, opening up road choices, and long-distance comfort.

The bike is set up with internal cable routing, capable of running mechanical or electronic shifting. The requisite stops and plugs come with, and your run the battery for wired electronic systems inside the seat tube.

The frame comes with a Basso stem and a customizable head tube complete with spacers.  The stem angle is -11 degrees and the lengths come as follows: size 45 frame comes with a 100mm stem, the 48 a 100, 51 a 110, 53 a 110, 56 a 110, 58 a 120, 61 a 120. Reading the geometry chart, you’ll notice that the head tube is relatively short. That’s assuming you are running your stem slammed or nearly slammed. The frame comes with Basso’s Kit Comfort System, which includes three 5mm spacers and a the Kit Comfort head tube extender, which raises the effective head tube length by 20mm, as it provides you with a taller cup into which you install the upper headset bearing. And with this installed, you can then add the 15mm of spacers. The result is a single frame that has 35mm of flexibility in terms of where your stem sits. You can run the stem slammed to get the head tube length in the spec sheet, and then add spacers up to 15mm. If you want the head tube to be 20mm higher than the spec sheet, add the Kit Comfort. Then you can put spacers on top of that. This way, the frame works for those who prefer the super-low position of a pro or a more upright position favored by the less-flexible.

The Basso Diamante SV is the super-fast diamond that shines brightest when you take it out for a demanding ride.


  • Bottom Bracket Type BB86x41.5 Pressfit Required
  • Fork Basso Carbon
  • Frame Material 3K Torayca HMCF T1000 & T800
  • Front Derailleur Type Braze-On Required
  • Headset Integrated 1 1/2" - 1 1/8"
  • Seatpost Basso Diamante SV Carbon
  • Stem Basso Alloy
*Specifications are subject to change.


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