1972-74 MASI Gran Criterium
bought the frameset a few years ago and built it up as a rideable showbike. When I bought
it, the frameset had been
recently refinished by CyclArt. As you will see in the
photos, CyclArt did a masterful job. The paint is perfect;
very thin, allowing the lug work to shine, but still rich and even
throughout the entire frameset.
The fork does not
have a date stamp on the steerer tube (early frames like this one
didn't always get stamped), but the frameset has been identified
by several knowledgeable people as most likely a 1972, but
possibly a 73 or 74 at the latest.
built the bike as period-correct and high-end as I could, and I embellished it with some details that are a tribute to Faliero Masi's way of setting up bikes. I also took the
liberty of using a pair of Nuovo Record brake levers modified for
hidden cable routing (but the same brake levers can also be set up
for traditional cable routing). Ultimately I wanted to build
a Masi GC that was out of the ordinary, but still classic looking. I hope
you like it.
price is $3,700.00, firm. I
welcome any questions or comments you may have. You can
write me, or you can call me at 786-423-4024.
PLEASE NOTE: I have
changed the brake cables to traditional routing, using the same
brake levers. I will post photos of the bike with the new
setup as soon as possible. You can choose which setup you
prefer, traditional or aero, and I will ship it to you that way.
The seat tube is 57 cm, measured center-to-center.
The top tube is 56.5 cm, center-to-center.
The stand-over height is 82.5 cm.
The paint color is generally
known as Champagne, and it is probably the most traditional Masi color.
I routed the the brake
cables through the bar, but the brake levers have an
ingenious modification that allows them to be used for both traditional
or hidden cable routing, so the cables can easily be changed to
traditional cable routing.
3ttt Record stem (120 mm) and 3ttt Competizione bar
(41 cm. center-to-center). The stem is polished,
the bar has its original finish.
The paint and decals are
Campagnolo Record and Nuovo
Period-correct and polished
170 mm. Record crank arms.
Beautiful and unusual
Fischer fork crown with square grooves front and back.
The black cotton bar tape is
by Ciclolinea of Italy. (The model name is CICLOLINEA 80, and the
box describes it as Nastro Telato Brillante Per Manubri Corsa.)
For me, this is the ultimate
vintage saddle. This particular saddle is NOS, never ridden, but
with a few storage marks which actually give it a nice patina.
The lettering on the emblems is excellent, with no smearing.
The seat stay
caps and the seat lug are beautifully executed.
Notice how nice and thin the paint
This seat post was NOS but I
polished it anyway. The good thing about that is that it came out
This is a Faliero, not an
Alberto - an important difference, at least for me.
The cable clips are the
period-correct chromed version, which is earlier than the stainless
steel version. The chrome clips have a deeper, more lustrous shine
This is one of the
fluorishes that I added as a tribute to Faliero's way of setting up his
bikes. Faliero used to cut the ends of the clip fastening bolts,
flush with the nuts, and then he would paint the whole thing yellow.
This was an aesthetic accent and also served to prevent rust where the bolts had
been cut. I wimped out and didn't go so far as to cut the bolts, I
just painted the ends of the bolts.
The "globe" gum hoods are
genuine Campagnolo, not replicas, and they are soft and supple, with no
cracks or discoloration. The lever blades are also flawless, with
absolutely no scratches.
Aside from the inconspicuous
pins at the top of the blades, the brake levers look stock.
The hidden cable setup
very well. Despite the added friction caused by the internal
routing, the lever action is smooth, with plenty of return snap.
Of course I used lined cable housing and I lubricated the wires very
well, so that helps.
The location of the roller
allows these levers to be used for traditional cable
routing as well. At the buyer's request, I will be
happy to set up the bike with traditional brake cable routing, free of
charge, prior to delivery.
The Ciclolinea cotton tape has a very nice pattern and sheen to it.
And, it is perfectly wrapped, if I may say so myself.
The Nuovo Record headset is
in perfect working condition, and in beautiful cosmetic condition as
The 3ttt Record stem
polished up quite nicely.
Another accent I added is
the paint-fill in the stem bolt socket. The paint is
only at the bottom of the socket, so it won't affect the fitting of an allen
key wrench. It's a subtle detail, that
you can only appreciate from certain angles.
The bar engravings are in very
nice shape. By the way, I think that the contrast between the
polished stem and the satin finish of the bar is subtle and makes for
an elegant combination, so I decided not to polish the bar.
Here you can see how the
cables exit the under bar through cleanly drilled, and perfectly placed,
holes. All work was done
by yours truly.
Beautifully shaped and
lugs, with crisp edges and sharp points. The expertly applied,
allows us to appreciate these details.
The chrome on the fork crown is
original, so it has some very light peppering, which is barely
noticeable with the naked eye. It's actually in amazingly good condition
for being about 35 years old.
In this photo you can see
the light peppering. This is the most I could get it to show.
From most angles it is not visible at all.
Another nod to Faliero is
the painting of the alloy cable end caps. Notice also the great
condition of the caliper hardware.
Fiamme Ergal wheels. Fiamme Ergal rims are super
light and make for a lively ride - many people consider them the
ultimate vintage rims. With 36 spokes each, these wheels
are strong enough for most riders and roads.
The four leaf clover symbol
on the spoke heads indicate that the spokes are by Berg-Union of
Switzerland. They are chromed, single butted 15-17 gauge.
The Berg-Union spokes are
laced 3-cross to smooth-spinning and shiny Record hubs.
The rims show a couple of spots where the
finish is no longer perfect, but overall they shine like chrome and look great
on this bike. The rim decals, which
are in perfect condition, are a perfect match to the frame color.
What more can you ask of a rim?
The tubular tires are Vittoria Pro L 19, from the late 1980s. They are new and
show nicely on the bike. Of course a pair of yellow label Clement Criteriums
would be ideal, but you'll have to supply those yourself (and if you
have a extra pair, let me know!).
Perfect and correct clamp-on
shifter assembly; notice the raised lettering on the levers, the flat washers,
and the stop plates with incorporated cable guides. Also note that
the band is not cracked - this can easily happen when you open it too
far during installation.
Beautiful and distinctive
Fischer fork crown with slots front and back.
By the way, the yellow paint
on the end of the caliper mounting bolt is yet another nod to Faliero.
He used to cut or file the mounting bolts, flush with the nut, and paint
the bolt ends to prevent rust. I didn't cut or file the bolts, but
I did paint the ends, just like he used to do.
Correct downtube decal with
I tried to build this bike
as light as possible while still using correct vintage components, so I
opted for this TA alloy cage instead of the chromed version. By
the way, the bike, exactly as you see it in these photos, weighs in at
19.5 lbs. Not bad for a bike this size!
The plastic cap on the cage
happens to be an incredibly close match to the frame color.
Polished crank arms,
original finish rings, and another yellow detail.
crank arms polished up perfectly. The 52-42 Nuovo Record rings are
very lightly used, with no scratches. They look great but you can take
them out for a ride without feeling guilty.
I painted the
concave section of the crank fixing bolts, again as a tribute to the
Masi way of setting up bikes. I like the look, but in
case you don't so much...
I will include a pair chrome
dust caps, so you can choose which way you want to roll.
The dust caps really make it
an extra subtle, almost hidden, flourish. I like both looks - I would
probably alternate between the two.
Period-correct, top of the line Regina SC
chain. This is not your ordinary Oro chain!
Both crank arms are 170
Strada no-date-code, which is period-correct for this bike. And
both crank arms are polished front and back, like this one.
The front derailleur is NOS.
By the way, in case you want plain, unpainted cable end caps, I will be
happy to oblige.
I didn't clean in between
the teeth so you wouldn't feel bad about riding this baby ;)
Note the correct setup with
the wound steel derailleur housing, and perfect-fitting ferrules.
A proper setup is a thing of beauty!
Pat. 74 Nuovo Record rear
derailleur in very good condition.
NOS Regina Oro five speed freewheel; 13-15-17-19-21.
Correct straight lever
quick-release skewers on shiny and smooth-spinning Record hubs.
Note that the rim decals on the rear rim are perfect, just like the ones
on the front rim.
The Ergal rims shine like
I normally use cable
liner on the derailleur cables under the bottom bracket cable guides,
but I just realized that I didn't on this build. I will supply two
The Record bottom bracket is
in perfect condition - it spins smooth and tight, and there are no signs of
negligent or abusive wrenching on the cups.
Correct Campagnolo bottom
bracket protective plastic sleeve is in place - but I didn't orient
it so the logo shows through the cutout! Aargh!
As you can see,
I used Campagnolo grease for this build.
The non-drive side of the
seat tube decals.
Perfect decals, perfect
Just another pretty photo.
Nicely detailed cutouts on
the brake bridge ends.
Shiny, happy hardware on the
calipers, and another of those yellow details that help make this a
this photo you can really appreciate the quality of the Ciclolinea cotton
bar tape. It has a very pretty and uncommon sheen (cotton tapes
generally have a flat finish). You can also see the cool and
unusual REG plug, made in Italy, which I believe is period-correct.
No detail is too
insignificant when building a proper bike! That's why I used brass
valve caps, which are cool enough that they didn't need to be painted
yellow. You can also see on the tire tread that I have blacked out
the not-period-correct Vittoria label. And of course I have the
tire mounted so the offending label is on the non-drive side. As I
said, no detail...
I'll wrap this up with a
couple of parting shots (pun intended), suitable for your desktop
There it is, my early 70s
Italian Masi GC. There aren't too many around, and I put a lot of
thought and heart into building it, so I hope you like it and agree that
it is a
special bike. I also hope you enjoyed the presentation. By
the way, if you're still with me, I forgot to mention that I have a
bottle of touch-up paint from Cyclart. If you are the buyer, and
you mention this, I will knock off $50 from the final price.
Flat shipping rate of $100.00 to anywhere in the continental US.
International bidders please ask me for a shipping estimate
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