Faliero Masi and his son Alberto Masi, are legendary icons of the Italian bike handscrafting. They have been preferred 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 beautiful chrome plates fork crown, a trully work of art.
Proudly presenting this highly collectible bike, made by Alberto Masi back in mid 1970s. Very likely made of Columbus SL tubing (Masi never told exactly what tubes he used), fully built with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset, pantographed Masi 3ttt stem and handlebar, original Cinelli saddle, made especially for Masi, beautiful Silca Imperio pump with Masi sign. Hard to belive that bike was made more than 40 years ago, still in complete original condition and looks like new.
A real jewel. The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
Frame & Fork: Masi Gran Criterium (Columbus SL)
– seat tube (c-t): 51 cm
– top tube (c-c): 52 cm
– headset tube: 9,8cm
– standover: 77 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 Record
Handlebar: 3ttt MASI pantograph (40cm, c-c)
Stem: 3ttt, Alberto Masi pantograph (9 cm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (32s)
Cassette: Regina (6 speed)
Tires: Michelin Elan
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 27,2mm Masi Pantograph)
Seat: Cinelli Unicanitor (with Masi sign)
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri
Toe cage / leather straps: Christophe (original) / Alfredo Binda (new)
Pump: Silca Imperial (made for Masi)
Handlebar Tape: leather white (original)
Condition: Used, very low mileage. Mint condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bend. Some micro signs of normal use. Groupset is in mint condition. All parts are working fine.
Era: mid 1970s