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Masi frames(7 posts)

Masi framesdirtyheel
Jul 12, 2002 9:15 AM
Any opinions on Masi frames? There are no reviews on anything Masi in the review section, yet the masi website (www.masibikes.com) says their bikes are old and popular.

Do any of you have a Masi frame and what do you think of them?
re: Masi framesrufus
Jul 12, 2002 9:27 AM
all i know is they do have a long and excellent heritage in the bike world, and their old bikes can be highly treasured. they moved production to the u.s during the 90's i believe, and the bikes, while no longer genuine italian made, were still very well built. one of the builders for rivendell used to be their main builder.

as far as i know, the masi of today has little or no connection to the company of faliero masi other than the use of the name, much like motobecane. whether that means their bikes are crap, i don't know.
re: Masi framesdjg
Jul 12, 2002 9:49 AM
Masi was one of the great Italian builders. The older bikes are first rate. Seriously. There are also a few years worth of California-built Masis that are very good. The California relocation didn't work out and is now defunct. Faliero Masi (the founder), is deceased. So far as I know, there are two sorts of Masis currently available, apart from the old ones. On the one hand, Masi's son has a shop at the Vigorelli in Milan. His bikes are sold in the US under the "Milano" label (US name rights to "Masi" having been sold); I think they can be either Masis or Milanos in Europe. Here in the US are bikes built under the Masi name that are actually built in Asia and, so far as I known, have no connection to the Masi family other than the financial path leading to the historical sale of the name. I had an older Masi and loved it. I don't know anything about the new ones.
Vigorelli Velodromeboneman
Jul 13, 2002 8:32 AM
I had a college friend who on a summer in Europe had a custom Masi, made and measured by Faliero at the Vigorelli Velodrome, in 1969. The bike was awesome, Reynolds 531 for those who assume the use of Columbus and despite the fact that he's a fat bastard today, he still has it but won't sell it. DJG's got most of the history right.

I visited the Masi shop last year as I spent a fair amount of time in Milano on business from the UK. Alberto, Faliero's son, continues to make Masi's by hand in the same shop as his father with the help of one apprentice. He's a very nice man and let me wander around the relatively small shop. Lots of Masi's and Milano's plus many pictures of the cycling greats going back to the 50's.

He will build you a Masi, provided it's shipped to a non-US address and for the European market uses primarily the Masi name. He still has the old style decals if you want the have a Gran Criterium, lugged steel frame built. Today, it's mostly TIG'd steel, some of the 3v model and Al. At the time, he wasn't using carbon in the rear triangle but I've seen some more recent pictures showing the use of CF. My guess is that his total production is less than 500 frames/year. I was going to get measured but I'd read some negative things about the quality of finish. At least for the bikes and frames in the shop, this was not the case. My mistake. I was in Milano two months later for a couple of weeks but couldn't get over in the first week due to business and the second week in August, like all Milanese, he went on holiday. These bikes are worth looking for and are not often seen.
problem with finish is probably italian paintrufus
Jul 13, 2002 6:39 PM
the italian painters aren't the most particular about exactly matching color from frame to frame, and the paint may not be as durable as a stateside finish would be.
re: Masi framesflying
Jul 12, 2002 10:30 AM
I loved mine & rode it for 12 years. Gran Corsa
The headbadge did say Milano
But as others have said the Masi today is
made in Asia. Although you can still get one from Falerios son I believe if you want.

I wish I never sold mine recently
re: Masi framesWalter
Jul 12, 2002 12:26 PM
If you're looking to go retro you can't do much better than Masi. Some might prefer an old Cinelli or DeRosa but no one will argue with your choice that's for sure. In fact a Masi is one of the few "retro" bikes that I think it would make sense to upgrade to modern gearing (Campy of course). Even from custom builders today you'll have a hard time getting a better steel frame.

Current Masis are Asian made and aluminum framed. Light and nice FWIW Bicycling Mag really liked one a few months ago. Kinda generic though when you think about what the name once meant.