Faliero Masi and his son Alberto Masi, are legendary icons of the Italian bike handscrafting. They have been prefered builder for many stars in the pro-cycling peloton. Faliero Masi was handcrafting frames at the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan in the 1950s, after a career as a professional racer and team mechanic. Alberto Masi was born June 3rd 1943 in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy. At age 16, he was Fausto Coppi’s mechanic at the Giro d’Italia. In 1973 he took over the Vigorelli shop while Faliero and two assistants went to the US and began production at a new facility in Carlsbad, California. Later, Faliero returned back to Italy.
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. Like all Masi’s frames also this one shows extraordinray details like large ”M” cut-out from underside of bottom bracket shell 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 this highly collectible bike, made by Alberto Masi in amazing and originalcondition, dates back to 1973, very likely made of Columbus SL tubing (Masi never told exactly what tubes he used), fully built with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset (PAT.73), pantographed Masi 3ttt stem, seatpost and handlebar, original 3ttt saddle.
The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
Frame & Fork: Masi Gran Criterium / double plates fork crown
-seat tube (c-t): 54 cm,
-top tube (c-c): 53,5 cm,
-headset tube: 11,5cm,
-standover: 78,2 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 170mm (52/42)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PAT.73)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Record
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Handlebar: 3ttt MASI pantograph (40cm, c-c)
Stem: 3ttt, Alberto Masi pantograph (11 cm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (36s)
Cassette: Everest (5 speed)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record, Masi pantograph (27,2mm)
Seat: 3ttt (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Toe cage / leather straps: Ale (original) / Alfredo Binda (original)
Handlebar Tape: biege, yellow
Condition: Used, but good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bend. Some signs of normal use, some touch-ups and tinny paint chips. Original paint and decals. Groupset is in good condition. All parts are working fine.