Calnago wrote:That's nice Brandon, but that yellow backdrop of a wall...
Tommy is the artist here and I trust his eye........
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MiddMan wrote:Lovely build and wonderful colour too! How does it ride compared to previous bikes you've owned?
Also, out of curiosity, what were your reasons for using a SRAM cassette, and do you find any issues with the rest of Campy drivetrain?
RyanH wrote:This would be a little more exciting if Tummy wasn't blasting us with pictures of it every 5 minutes. You may want to look into a restraining order.
I'm considering the Astra as one of sorta endurance options due to its more relaxed geometry, thus I'm interested in its comfort quite a bit. Unfortunately it's quite difficult to get to test ride one nearby so I can't make up my opinion from my own experience.
Since You mention a somewhat jarring ride - how do You feel about it being used as an endurance bike? Are You able to make some comparison with such (purely endurance) frames? Sure the wheels & tires (incl. their pressure) will make a bigger difference in ride comfort, but if I want to get something out of the frame as well, I'm not sure the Astra would be a viable option.
As another option I'm mostly considering Bianchi Infinito CV. Both these frames are designed for the the 31,6mm seatpost but I plan to use the 27,2mm shim with the Canyon VCLS seatpost (the first "single-piece" version) so that should help at least a little.
EDIT: One more funny question: Does that fluo yellow paint really produce the fluorescent effect?
Long time lurker, first time poster.
I am looking at getting my hands on a Basso Astra and in a bit of a quandary as I only want it in the above colourway and while I usually ride a 56 frame, they only have 53s left in the UK (there's a 56 in Italy).
I've run the stack and reach numbers and now I am highly confused:
https://geometrygeeks.bike/compare/bass ... 7-56cm-22/
The 56 Basso has a higher stack than my Kinesis (which I run slammed) and the 56 and 53 Bassos have roughly the same reach. I was thinking with a setback saddle and longer stem and a couple of spacers I'd be laughing.
I thought the Basso was an aggressive race bike (ok not so much as the Diamante) and to see it seems more relaxed than my Kinesis!?
How did you sort your sizing?
Also - I would love to hear a detailed ride review! There are none online. I think I'll go with the fluro frameset, basso/microtech finishing kit, ultegra R8000 and I have some cheap carbon wheels for now and some zondas for the mountains.