We first learned about Bassi Bikes back in April when we reported on their new steel all-road touring bike, the Hog’s Back. Not only was it great to get to know Bassi and its owner, Julian Gammon, but the Hog’s Back featured a thoughtful design and nice specs that also caught our attention. You can check out that article here. Since then, Bassi has updated their classic rando-light touring frame, the Montreal, and have added two new color options for the Hog’s Back. Find more on both below.
Bassi Montreal V3
The Montreal is Bassi’s most popular frameset, taking cues from classic steel touring bikes that can be built up for touring, commuting, randonneuring, and pretty much anything else. It’s constructed around a 4130 Chromoly steel frame, has mounts for fenders, racks, and additional eyelets for their signature shoulder strap. The Montreal is designed to be used with cantilever brakes, quick-release axles, and features standard specs like a 68mm threaded bottom bracket and 27.2mm seatpost.
- Oversized tubes on all sizes for better stability with a touring load (or your kid) on the rear of the bike
- Extra bottle cage mount under the downtube (that’s three total)
- More room for wide tires, up to 45mm on all sizes (with fenders!)
- Reduced toe overlap by using three wheel sizes across the range, also making the bicycles more proportional to the rider for more pleasant handling
- 46cm and 49cm for small riders use 26″ wheels
- 52cm and 55cm for average riders use 650B (27.5″) wheels
- 58cm and 61cm (their largest frame yet) use 700C (28″) wheels
- A return to diagonal dropouts, for singlespeed fans
- The first Montréal with colors: in addition to the classic (and classy) black frame, there will be a new design with a top-to-bottom blue-to-white fade
Bassi Hog’s Back
Bassi’s latest bike, the Hog’s Back, has been a hit this year. Much like the Montreal, it’s designed to be versatile enough to commute or tour on, but is meant to be more playful on trails and offers more tire clearance for those that want it. The frame is designed for 26 x 2.2” tires on the two smaller sizes, and 27.5 x 2.2” on the two larger, but can drop down to 650b x 42mm and 700C x 38mm if needed. Although nothing has been changed, Bassi has introduced two new color options: Sparkly Sand (beige) and Canari (yellow), plus another batch of the popular pink Hog’s Back as well.
Check out the full Bassi lineup at CLCycle.ca.
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