Faliero Masi was born on May 11, 1908, well known as ” The Tailor ”. He learned the art of building custom race bikes at the “Compostini” workshop in Florence. It’s Cicli Compostini that Masi began to race, participating at two Giro d’Itala (1931 and 1932). In 1949 he moved to Milan and started with custom frame building. Masi had a maniacal passion for every phase of the construction of a bike, built by hand, one by one and was responsible for writing many memorable pages in the history of cycling. Each of his bicycles is unique and considered a jewel by collectors and fans.
The Gran Criterium is one of the most appreciated Italian bikes, launched in 1970, handmade in Masi’s famous workshop at the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan, Italy. Very likely made of Columbus SL tubing (Masi never told exactly what tubes he used). Like all his frames also this one shows extraordinray details and lugs which were carefully filled and customized for highest performance. It’s even more desirable when it comes with the iconic double plates fork crown, a trully work of art.
Proudly presenting a real jewel, one of very early Gran Criterium bikes by Faliero Masi which dates back to year 1970, build with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset, original Brooks saddle, NiSi rims, Regina Oro 5 speed cassette, Cinelli Giro d’Italia handlebar.
Extremely rare. A real jewel.
Frame & Fork: Masi Gran Criterium / double plates fork crown
-seat tube (c-t): 52,5 cm
-top tube (c-c): 53 cm,
-headset tube: 12,8cm,
-standover: 78 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 170mm (52/42)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Handlebar: Cinelli Giro d’Italia, 40cm (c-c)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Cassette: Regina Oro (5 speed)
Tubulars: Vittoria Rally (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27mm)
Seat: Brooks (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Record
Toe cage / leather straps: Christophe (new)
Handlebar Tape: yellow, (new)
Condition: The frame was completely restored and refurbrised by professional guy. Original extra thin water decals. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bend. Groupset is in excellent condition. All parts are working fine.