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 Special is one of the most appreciated bikes, launched early 1960s, handmade in Masi’s famous workshop at the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan, Italy. Very likely made of Reynolds 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. A trully work of art.
Proudly presenting this highly collectible jewel, one of the most beautiful bikes in our store, the MASI Special, made by Faliero Masi. Stunning paintjob, extraordinary details of lugs and headbadge makes you understand why most of the top cyclist in 1960s/70s were racing with bikes made by ”The Tailor”. The frameset is very likely built of Reynolds tubes, dates back to early/mid 1960s, equipped with superb Campagnolo Record 1st generationm groupset, original Brooks saddle, NiSi rims, 3ttt cockpit and iconic Universal Mod.61 brakes with new NOS lever hoods and brake pads.
Extremely rare. Highly collectible.
Frame & Fork: Masi Special, (Reynolds tubing)
-seat tube (c-t): 56,5 cm
-top tube (c-c): 56 cm
-headset tube: 12,8 cm
-standover: 81 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Headset: Campagnolo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Record
Brake Levers: Universal
Brakes: Universal Mod.61
Stem: 3ttt Gran Prix (95mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt, 40cm (c-c)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (high flange)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record (27mm)
Seat: Brooks (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Record
Toe cage: Christophe
Handlebar Tape: blue (new)
Condition: The frame was completely restored and refurbrised by professional guy. The paint and decals are exact copy of original (we have a photo before restoring). The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bend. Groupset is in excellent condition. All parts are working fine.
Year: Early/mid 1960s