Announcing the limited edition Basso Diamante designed by us here at MAAP.
Our partnership with Basso was born in early 2016 when MAAP’s founders Ollie and Jarrad were in Italy visiting our apparel factory. After a meeting and tour of the factory where their top end frames are made, it was clear there was mutual interest in creating something special together.
"Alessandro invited us to create our own edition of the Diamante which is their premier race frameset. The design itself is inspired by the MAAP-Basso team kit for 2017, but our intention was to create something that was timeless and stayed true to our brand identity. It had to be commercially viable as well; this is not a custom frame, it’s a production frame that will be for sale through Basso dealers." Oliver Cousins - MAAP.
You can read more about the MAAP-Basso Team here.
The Diamante is a beautiful bike to look at and ride. The way the stem integrates with the frame is brilliant, and the comfort kit provides an additional 2cm of handlebar height without sacrificing frame rigidity. The seat post is a proprietary Basso shape and the aqua details on the post and clamp are real highlights. You can discover something new about the frame each time you look at it.
The 0.4 graphic on the bottom bracket and the 0.6 graphic in the steering area represent the displacement, measured in millimeters while testing the bending and torsion frame qualities. In Basso’s testing, these results are comparatively the best on the market at the time of testing.
The MAAP-Basso Team is proudly sponsored by Shimano, and as such we’ve built our bikes with Dura-Ace Di2 (pictured here is the 2017 Dura-Ace mechanical). You can build your own MAAP Diamante up however you like with your local Basso dealer.
The MAAP Diamante will be available through selected Basso dealers worldwide. Please see your local authorised stockist for availability and ordering options.
The MAAP-Basso Team bikes were built by local Melbourne bike store Saint Cloud Bikes. Nick and his team did an amazing job bringing the bikes to life through clever cable routing and some premium touches. For a super tidy finish, the guys have managed to hide the Di2 junction boxes and keep the cockpit clean.