Oct 21, 2001 4:28 AM
|Are Masi bikes owned by Haro? I was looking at the pics from the LasVegas show and in the Haro section was Masi.|
|Masi of Milano||zelig|
Oct 21, 2001 6:20 AM
|I'm not sure about the Masi bikes shown at the Las Vegas show. I've seen that there's a new site although it's not up and running. I assumed that this site is for frames made by Alberto Masi in Milano but will wait to see when the site goes live. |
The use of the Masi name in the US was licensed (sold) by Faliro Masi in the early 70's. Since then, I've lost track of who owns the rights to the name, US only, and I remain somewhat surprised that the original license has not expired. Anyway, Faliero passed away last year. His story is well documented at the following site:
His son, Alberto, continues to make frames under the Masi name in the original workshop under the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milano. I visited the shop this past May and met Alberto. His frames are distributed in the States under the Milano name although he continues to build in Europe using both Milano and Masi names. The original shop remains relatively unchanged since when Faliero was building based upon conversations with a friend who was measured up for a custom by Faliero in 1969. Still pretty much a two man operation.
|Masi of Milano||bartali|
Oct 22, 2001 8:21 AM
That web site is NOT for Alberto Masi, son of the legendary Faliero Masi.
Alberto Masi wouldn't put the effort into having a web page designed so that he can sell more frames.
He is an artisan and is satisfied with building his 800 frames per year.
If you want to see what Alberto Masi frames look like, go to http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/2001/tech26sep.shtml
You will notice that they incorrectly put that Masi bikes link under the info about his bikes.