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Masi bikeslaffeaux
Sep 17, 2003 10:51 PM
A local guy is selling a Masi Gran Criterium for a resonable price - I've always liked them. However his is a 1990. How would a later model like this compare to the '70s and early '80s frames? When did Masi stop being Masi, and become what they are today?
re: Masi bikesrwbadley
Sep 18, 2003 6:46 AM
A Masi at a reasonable price? If it fits, just get it! One thing about the Masi is they are really soooo pretty. Has it been well treated? Did the owner put a million miles on it? How is the component group and wheelset? Paint? Check it over thouroughly just like any other bike.

Masi did not stop being Masi. He (Faliero) came to the US in '72 with some of his builders and set up shop. His son (Alberto) stayed in Italy. The California Masi is no less than the Italian Masi, unless you're looking at vintage pre'72 Faliero built. The current Masi may be a different animal, but the vintage you are looking at should be no less than the 'real deal'.

The Gran Criterium should be A: Gorgeous. and B: Ride great.
re: Masi bikeslaffeaux
Sep 18, 2003 10:22 AM
I don't have all the facts. The owner claims that the bike is in great condition, but I've not seen it yet. I'm trying to set something up.

The move to California and the history into the early '80s seems to be available on-line (if you search around a bit), but no one seems to cover the later history.
re: Masi bikesrwbadley
Sep 18, 2003 11:32 AM
The California Masi appears to have been discontinued in '92-'93. After that, the steel Masi was an Italian bike. Today it is imported from the East.

It's possible it could be dated from the serial #. Or by the vintage components.

A steel California Masi in your size in good shape at a (reasonable?)price is a nice find. If it is a good deal, and it's the kind of bike you're after, just get it and figure it out later...

BTW I saw one on the road just yesterday. I was driving in some farm country and saw a couple cyclists doing some touring. I pulled over to chat, and noticed the one guy had set up his Masi for some touring.

Another fellow I know has a Masi Gran, he really likes his. I've never rode one, but I'm sure it rides really nice. If it is a '90 it should be Columbus slx tubing. If it is a larger frame, it may be heavier tubing, I don't know. Slx I might think a little soft in a larger size...(over 57 or so)
re: Masi bikeslaffeaux
Sep 18, 2003 12:00 PM
He says that it is "Reynolds 700 Classic tubing" and he's asking $800 for the bike. I definitely want to check it out.
Oh, good...rwbadley
Sep 18, 2003 12:25 PM
they used the 700 classic one year, in '89. From what I've been able to figure, that may be a pretty good tubing. It had instead of internal ribbing, a swaged type of butting that makes it a pretty good choice.

800 may be a good price, it would have to be in really nice shape, and have very clean and complete grouppo tho. You may try to talk him down a little, but if the bike really tickles you when you se it, and rides really nice, as it should, it just might be worth it.

thanks for all the info! (nm)laffeaux
Sep 18, 2003 1:07 PM