Basso bicycles is an Italian manufacturer of handmade road bicycles, founded in 1977 by the three Basso brothers, Marino, Renato and Alcide.
Marino Basso was the world professional road-racing champion in 1972, winning the race in Gap, in the south of France.
Their current line of road machines feature framesets built both of modern materials - carbon fiber and aluminum - and traditional steel frames.
They started building steel frames in northern Italy. Although of excellent quality, they didn't sponsor enough pro-teams to become really well known.
Vintage Basso machines from the late '70s and '80s are generally of lugged construction with Columbus steel tubing.
By the 1990s, Basso brothers also produced frames under the name Pogliaghi. Basso still hold the rights, and in 2011 recommenced making frames under that marque.