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Old 05-01-10, 05:41 PM
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is this a Basso or a Zeus??

Hey everyone. First post here.

So I bought a track bike on craigslist. The bike is still in the mail so the pictures i post are the only ones I have. The owner said that it is a basso frame. that he got it for training. He put a road fork on it (wish it was original), had a friend braze on brake stops, and also brazed a new rear bridge for a brake on the rear. So just ignore those parts.

My question is, today I saw a flickr of a zeus and the lugs look very very similar to my bike. Maybe they just used the same lug set?? Can someone point me in the right direction with this frame??

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38273496@N02/

This is the "Basso". The pictures I compared to the zeus is Basso1 and Basso2

This is the Zeus I saw online..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47008982@N04/page2/


I really appreciate any help. Thank you!
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HHe put a road fork on it (wish it was original), had a friend braze on brake stops, and also brazed a new rear bridge for a brake on the rear.
Wow - a reverse-drew. Never thought I'd see one of those...

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My question is, today I saw a flickr of a zeus and the lugs look very very similar to my bike. Maybe they just used the same lug set??
You can rarely ID a frame by its lugs, though I'm quite sure this is not a Basso. Even money bet that it's not a Zeus either - does it have Zeus dropouts?

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Not sure if it has zeus dropouts. what makes you say it isnt a basso? Thanks.
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forgot to mention that he had his friend powdercoated the frame.
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Wow - a reverse-drew. Never thought I'd see one of those...
is this like an inside joke on the forum? i dont get it.
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Originally Posted by fmradio516 View Post
Not sure if it has zeus dropouts. what makes you say it isnt a basso? Thanks.
Those seat stay caps don't add up. Basso's are usually engraved. Same with their dropouts - what name is marked on the dropouts of your frame? Brev. Campagnolo?

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is this like an inside joke on the forum? i dont get it.
Drew/drewed is a term often used to describe a road bike with all its braze-ons (and derailer hanger) ruthlessly removed for purposes of conversion to a fixed-gear. That's been a common theme recently, but this is the first time I've seen a track bike with braze-ons added!

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+1 Seat stays and seat post lug does not look like a Basso to me either.
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http://velospace.org/files/campybasso002a.jpg

this basso track bike doesnt have the engraved seatstay either...
also, i've seen a lot of their road bikes that dont have engraved seatstays.

havent seen the dropouts yet.
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Possible, but I'm still not convinced. The stays on the Basso end higher, though the design is the same. The Velospace example appears to have short-point lugs with no cutouts - note that.

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oh well... either way i think it was an alright deal. after some research, its definitely an italian frame. I got the complete bike(came with seatpost and selle turbo saddle), campy bottom bracket, campy headset, campy cranks, Suzue hubs laced to campy rims for $400.
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Not too shabby! It probably rides great. Those Turbos go for a princely used-saddle sum most of the time, so that certainly sweetens the deal in my book.

Enjoy the forum and post some more pics when it's ride ready!
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Not too shabby! It probably rides great. Those Turbos go for a princely used-saddle sum most of the time, so that certainly sweetens the deal in my book.

Enjoy the forum and post some more pics when it's ride ready!
Thank man. Definitely holler if you see me riding around brooklyn..
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oh well... either way i think it was an alright deal. after some research, its definitely an italian frame. I got the complete bike(came with seatpost and selle turbo saddle), campy bottom bracket, campy headset, campy cranks, Suzue hubs laced to campy rims for $400.
+1 Track bikes sell high. And a nice saddle and really good components. You did well.

It is typical that sellers do not know the brand/model of bike they are selling. Often they convince themselves that the bike is a certain model (even when they are totally wrong). Most sellers don't even get the size right.
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