Basso Palta: First Ride Review

As capable on the rough stuff as on the open dirt road, the Basso Palta is one of the raciest gravel bikes on the market

Basso Palta
(Image: © Basso Bikes / Javi Echevarria Ruiz)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Fast, nimble and appreciably pliant, the Basso Palta can go where no other gravel bike dares to go

Pros

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    Italian style

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    Versatility

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    Speed, agility and compliance

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    Light and stiff

Cons

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    Limited frame protection

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    Aggressive setup may not suit everyone

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The Basso Palta is no ordinary gravel bike. It looks and feels more like something from the cyclo-cross scene such are its racy aesthetics and compact, almost road bike-like geometry. This, however, has done very little to affect the Palta's ride quality and composure, even on the rougher stuff - technical ups and downs included.

A three-day 200km ride taking in 5000m of vertical ascent through some of Catalunya's most challenging terrain would provide the ideal setting to test the Palta's mettle and ascertain whether it's got what it takes to capture the market as well as the hearts of the true gravel adventurers.

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