bike we like: Basso Reef Xenon £1,199

Basso Reef Xenon 2011

2nd November 2010   Words: Matt Lamy

Let’s face it, almost everybody hankers after an Italian bicycle. Heck, most of us would make do with just having an Italian name on a Taiwanese-produced bike. So the Basso Reef is a real find; not only does it combine an enticing and effective mix of aluminium main frame with carbon seatstays, but it is really, genuinely made in Italy.

Anybody who has seen a Basso carbon frame in the flesh knows that they are exquisite examples of craftsmanship and the Reef benefits from similar care in construction. Such is the dedication to perfection, at the back end you cannot see where the metal finishes and the carbon begins; the join is impossible to spot.

Aside from the frame, the rest of the bike has a suitably Italian flavour; Campagnolo Xenon components get things moving and stopping, a San Marco Ponza saddle keeps you comfy, and quietly competent Microtech stem, bars and wheels finish things off.

Website: Basso UK