Bike at bedtime: Basso Ulisse

A nightly trawl through's archive of cycling dreams. Plus the occasional nightmare - tonight we're going touring Italian style

It’s 2016 were in Germany at Eurobike - under an awning in the Basso demo area sits this beauty… the Ulisse touring bike.

Form and function combining in an elegant steel frame, love that paint job - a green bike has surely never looked so good, note the way the band of colour on the seat stay matches the tyre, lush. 

The Ulisse doesn’t appear to be available in the UK - though we’d happily be corrected on that cos then we could get one in for review. 

Looking at the Ulisse on the Basso website it doesn’t seem to have changed much since 2016 (if it was Eurobike we were almost certainly looking at the 2017 model anyway). It had cable pull disc brakes back then and it still does by the looks of it. If I was going to change anything on the Ulisse it’d be those disc brakes - if it was me hooning it down an alpine pass fully loaded I’d much rather have a set of hydraulic discs at my disposal. Still, that wouldn’t stop me dreaming about owning one one day.

If you want to read more about touring bikes before your head hits the pillow check out our buyers guide to, well, touring bikes.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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