53cm Basso Loto Etienne de Wilde Histor Sigma Team c.1991 Classic Italian Road Bike Frame

✓ Original classic frame - built in the 1990s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.9 kg
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Though Basso do not have the long history of other master Italian framebuilders, they do have a reputation for building wonderful bikes. Started by Alcide Basso in the mid 1970s with guidance from his brother Marino, a former world champion and multiple Giro stage winner, Basso bikes focussed on the technology and longevity of a high quality steel frame. The company garnered a reputation for building race-winning bikes and Alcide was sufficiently respected as a builder by the 1980s that the legendary Sante Pogliaghi chose Basso to continue building under the Pogliaghi brand. Basso sponsored a number of professional teams through the 90s and continue to do so today, and are still buildng bikes by hand in the Veneto region of Italy.

The Loto was Basso's flagship model for a number of years, not only appearing in the catalogue so that anyone with the means could order it but also being ridden by professional riders on Grand Tours across Europe. Usually built from Columbus SL or SLX the Loto had finely cut lugs and combined light weight with stiffness, a top end frame with proper racing pedigree.

This frameset was built for Histor-Sigma team rider Etienne de Wilde in 1991, the year in which he won stage 3 of the Tour De France, the 2nd of his career. Sporting the wonderful team livery with with the sponsorship decals still intact and De Wilde's name under the lacquer on both sides of the top tube, it's built from Vitus GTi tubing, used by Basso to build the Loto team bikes rather than the usual Columbus tubed frames available to the general public. The frame also has a race number braze on and has 'E. D. Wilde' written on the fork steerer tube. This is an incredibly special thoroughbred race frame and remains in wonderful condition to this day.

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.


Era - 1990s
Country - Italian
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Vitus GTi
Weight - 2.865 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R70C


Size Guide* - Small/Medium (Approx 31 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 53 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 56 cm
Head Tube - 112 mm
Chainstay Length - 41.5 cm
Wheelbase - 98.5 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.


Rear Spacing - 130 mm
Front Spacing - 100 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 27.2 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Brake Fixing - Recessed Allen Key
Brake Drop - 47 mm / 41 mm
Bottom Bracket Thread - Italian Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 51 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Shifter Fittings - Downtube Braze-On
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.2 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)


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