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Masi Bikes: Anyone ever ridden one?(6 posts)

Masi Bikes: Anyone ever ridden one?mithrandir
Nov 17, 2001 12:46 PM
Somebody anybody give the low down on Masi bikes. I've done some surfing but found nothing concrete. I'd like to know what kind of quality they are.
re: Masi Bikes: Anyone ever ridden one?DMoore
Nov 17, 2001 1:01 PM
In the 60s and 70s, Masi was one of the very biggest names in pro cycling. In the early 70s they set up shop in Southern California and made frames there until the late 70's. Those bikes were made by a variety of people, many of whom went on to become big name builders in their own right. (Brian Baylis, Gian Simonetti and Mike Howard, Steve Tesch and Jim Cunningham all come to mind -- and of course the most collectible of them all, Mario Confente.) The quality of those bikes equalled or even surpassed the previous Italian Masis. Early italian Masis, and the US Masis made while Masi himself was still in charge, are collector's items.

After that, however, things went downhill. The Masi name was sold repeatedly and, if I'm not mistaken, was even owned by Schwinn at one point. In any event they've become nothing special, and have lost all connection with the Masi family which still makes bikes in Italy but they're not sold here as Masis. Current Masis are essentially "no name" production frames, masquerading under one of bicycling's most historic names.
re: Masi Bikes: Anyone ever ridden one?CarbonTi
Nov 17, 2001 6:03 PM
If you are refering to current day Masi, don't bother as they are a cheap attempt at exploiting what is left of the history and the name - not that mismanagement of the business decades ago didn't invite this someday happening.

Someone else has recounted the trials and tribulations of this marque. What a shame.

If you are into steel frames and desire to track down a real Masi (Faliero, Carlsbad or Alberto) then they are some of the best frames in the world. I'm amazed that who ever is using the Masi name on bikes now is even bothering to do so. Those who know real Masi will never buy the sloping top tube aluminum junk and those who don't know real Masi probably don't remember the history attach any panache to the name.

Faliero is rolling in his grave.
Check this out ...tarwheel
Nov 17, 2001 8:36 PM
Here's a link to a website with some background on Masi and other classic bikes, as well as photos.

FWIW, if you've ever seen the classic cycling movie, Breaking Away, the main character rides an orange Masi.
yes and...Jack S
Nov 19, 2001 5:48 AM
that same exact bike now lies in a secret location in Denver.
Yes, '69 vintagezelig
Nov 18, 2001 8:23 AM
A friend of my college roomate had a Gran Criterium made to measure by Faliero in 1969. I rode it about 25 years ago. Comfortable, stable ride and beautifully finished. Made out Reynolds 531 and the only braze on's were one set of bottle bosses as was the pattern then. He still has it although I went to my roomate's second wedding a few years ago and he's gotten to be a fat bastard. Still won't sell the bike.

I visited the Masi workshop during a May trip to Milano. Talked to Alberto a bit and he let me wander around the shop. His current production is both steel and Al. At that time he wasn't doing the rear carbon stays. Steel was both lugged and Tig'd while Al was Tig'd. Fairly traditional stuff with no sloping top tubes, etc. Probably makes less than 500 frames a year with just him and an apprentice. Still sells under the Masi name everywhere but the US. He'll actually make a lugged Gran Criterium with the old style Masi decals as long as it's not heading Stateside. Has to sell under the Milano name there for reasons that have been extensively documented. Well worth a look.