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 Alberto took over the Vigorelli shop, while Faliero and two assistants went to the US and began production at a new facility in Carlsbad, California. A few years 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 cut-outs, fork crowns 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 one of the most beautiful bikes in our store, the MASI Gran Criterium. This highly collectible jewel dates back to 1971 and is one very earlier Gran Criteriums. Extraordinary details of lugs, tubes and cut-outs makes you understand why most of the top cyclist in 1960s/70s were racing with bikes made by ”The Tailor”. The frame shines in original champagne/gold color, very likely made of Columbus SL tubing (Masi never told exactly what tubes he used), fully built with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset, 3ttt cockpit, original Cinelli Unicanitor (marked Masi) saddle and Clement Criterium tubulars. The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
A real jewel. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Masi Gran Criterium 1971/72 (Columbus SL)
-seat tube (c-t): 55 cm
-top tube (c-c): 54,5 cm
-headset tube: 12,5 cm
-standover: 79 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 170mm
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PAT.72)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Competizione
Stem: 3ttt (105mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Cassette: Regina SC
Chain: Regina SC
Tubulars: Clement Criterium Seta (original)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27,2mm)
Seat: Cinelli Unicanitor for Masi (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Toe cage: Ale (original)
Leather straps: REG (original)
Handlebar Tape: biege, cotton
Condition: Used, but good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bend. Some signs of normal use, some tiny touch-ups here and there. Original paint and decals. Groupset is in good condition. All parts are working fine.