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A History of Basso

From a very early stage in his life, Alcide Basso was introduced to the world of professional road cycling. As he was growing up, he could see first hand how his brother's dedication enabled him to to become a world champion.


Alcide, like his brothers, also decided to make his mark on the competitive world of professional cycling. He later become a creative developer of bikes for people who, like himself, regarded cycling as an integral part of their lives. The central motivation of Basso's search for innovative solutions was the unique tradition of Italian cycling, which combines passion and dedication to the development of new technology. One of Basso's first creations, the Gap, was a bicycle dedicated to Alcide’s brother who won the World Championship in 1972.


Since then Basso racing bikes were at the forefront of the cycling world, and the enterprise was driven by the success achieved by the riders of Basso bikes. As Alcide Basso himself states: 'the bicycles that bear my name use only the best materials, mainly derived from the aerospace industry, which are developed and engineered specifically for bicycle use. With these materials we have created the new Diamante, the Astra and the Laguna, all capable of outstanding performances. Every customer must have the certainty to receive a bike that is ‘tailored for him’ in every detail and component. By having the best tool, controlled with extreme care by our technicians, each individual can achieve their best possible performance."



A History of Faggin

Faggin bicycles are synonymous with traditional craftsmanship and high-quality products. This is due to the work of it’s founder - Marcello Faggin – who, in Udine, Italy, began hand-building custom racing bicycles from steel in 1945. Like many of the great frame builders of his era, Marcello was a former racing cyclist, who had a keen eye for what made a high-quality racing machine.


After two years of operating in Udine, Faggin moved to Padua, where it is still located. However, the post-War years were difficult for the company and it wasn’t until 1970 that Marcello began to focus on supplying professional teams with exquisitely crafted, custom bicycles. As his focus shifted towards racing, he passed management of the brand on to his four daughters, who would continue to design and weld bicycles in their Padua workshop whilst managing what was becoming a global business from home.


As the 1980s progressed, thousands of Faggin bicycles were exported around the world. Enthusiasts of Italian steel were compelled by Faggin’s quality and prestige. Events like the 1984 Olympics – where the Italian pursuit squad rode custom-built Faggin bicycles – only increased the brand’s popularity.


The Faggin story continues to this day, where the finest examples of their catalogue are made by hand in the very same workshop in Padua. Each bicycle is made to measure and the high quality designs outweigh their considerable value.


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