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basso gap - a la cudak

Old 08-29-09, 05:09 PM
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basso gap - a la cudak

Well i've been flippin stuff on ebay to fund my road bike addiction,
and have a small but decent paypal account flowing.

So recently put what I thought was a low bid on what looked like a nice project bike- an 80's Basso Gap.
(Cudak-Kurt had "pushed" the brand, maybe not the model though, on a thread or two)

Anyway it's a columbus SL tubed, campy/cinelli dropouts/BB frame,
cinelli bars/stem, shimano 105 brakes/levers, turbo seat....

Has a phil hub/open4cd rim in back and a campy chorus/ritchey wheel in front, zeus qr's

the fork has really cool lines...

Neat rear brake "bridge andn "conical" rear stays...

Funny how shimano 600 seat post mimicks the campagnolo aero seat post.

Fortunately it came with some white ambrosio bar-tape and the cable covers,
but it still needs a crank, front/rear derailleurs, shifters, cables.

After reading the auction description,
I was planning on going low budget 80's suntour superbe or shimano arabesque for the missing tranny parts,
but will go the "oddball" italian route with an ofmega crank set.
I think it would be fun to have a non-campy bike to compare era components.

The goal is to have a solid riding bike,
but keep my total $$ investment in the $300/350 range.
(with gears not a singlespeed)
But not lose "rideability" by having too much collectible parts.

Good thing my wife and kids are out of town,
hopefully they won't notice a 5th bike in the house!

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Old 08-29-09, 05:12 PM
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Sweet! I LOVE those '80s Bassos. I have an '87.
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I would definitely consider putting Suntour and or Ofmega on that Basso. I always wanted the one they made for a short time with the Multi Shape Columbus tubeset.
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I have what is probably a low end ofmega drivetrain from the mid 80s and the stuff is surprisingly good. light weight, strong and looks superb, i'd recommend going that route.
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