Trek was founded in 1976 and has become one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world. Trek is an American company which is based in Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA.
The range includes bikes specifically made for either the road, mountainous terrain or the city. Subdivisions of these three categories include triathlon, cyclocross, cross country, singletrack trail, recreation. Trek also manufactures cycling components, such as brakes, handlebars and wheels, cycling accessories, such as bags, baskets and helmets, and cycling apparel, such as gloves, jerseys and shoes.
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."