Designed to push their catalog a little faster, Australian-based Bossi has just introduced the Strada SS, a race-focused version of their Strada model. And it’s striking, using a mix of hydroformed and cast titanium tubes and parts to give a very sleek design that could pass for carbon fiber.
Built on their philosophy of “aerodynamically optimized but not compromised”, they focus exclusively on titanium for their frames, from gravel to road to light touring. And now racing. Here’s the details on the new Bossi Strada SS…
Made with hydroformed, double butted 3/2.5 ti tubing for the down-, top- and seat tubes, there’s not a round tube on the bike. It has cast 6/4 headtube (with integrated headset), seat tube junction (with internal clamp), and dropouts. The bottom bracket shell is CNC’d from 6/4 titanium, too, and fits a threaded T47 BB.
They say this mix of shaped tubes and cast parts lets them get the stiffness and compliance they want while shedding about 200g from a traditional round tube frame.
Full internal cable routing, aerodynamic D-shaped tube profiles (think truncated Kamm-tail air foil shapes), and smoothed welds streamline the bike. All that said, they’re not making any specific aerodynamic claims, only that it’s more aero than a traditional road bike. And we’d say it looks a helluva lot better, too.
Helping reduce drag is FSA’s Vision Metron ACR integrated bar-and-stem unit, which feeds everything directly from the levers, into the stem, and into the frame…you don’t see a thing until they pop out at the brakes and derailleurs.
This means the headtube is a straight 1.5″-to-1.5″, which makes room for any cables, wires and hoses to run through without having any holes in the steerer tube. The front brake hose enters through the top and pops out on the lower leg.
The chainstays are double ovalized to create stiffness in the right directions, with dropped tapered seatstays that meet the seat tube a little lower for better ride quality.
Bossi Strada SS geometry and fit details
Compared to their regular Strada, the geometry is a little tighter, but it still offers clearance for 700×30 tires…even with really wide rims, probably. They tested it with 22mm internal width rims and found 30mm wide tires worked (and fit) great.
Bossi Strada SS pricing and build kits
Framesets start at $5,499 AUD ($3,940 USD as of 8/9/2020) and include the FSA No 55 ACR headset system, their own carbon fiber fork, custom D-shaped carbon seatpost and thru axles. Add the Vision Metron 5D Integrated bar/stem and it bumps to $5,740 AUD ($4,112 USD).
Or, test our your credit card fraud alerts with a complete build at $14,499 ($10,386 USD). That’ll get you the frame and fork built with:
- Fully integrated FSA front cockpit
- SRAM Red AXS 2x HRD group
- Bossi RD1R carbon wheelset with DT Swiss 180 hubs
- Schwalbe Pro One 28c tubeless tires
- Supacaz tubeless valve stems
- Silca Nastro Piloti bar tape
- Prologo Dimension Nack (carbon) saddle
Of course, from there, you have paint and/or anodization options to customize your bike. From the slanted 50/50 brushed/painted finish shown here, to mostly painted, to fade between two colors, they can do just about anything. Or go for custom ano designs and logos, they’ll do that, too.
Pre-orders are open now, first deliveries expected in December 2020.