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 531 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. Extraordinary details of lugs, tubes 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 531 tubes, dates back to 1962/63, equipped with superb Campagnolo Gran Sport and Record 1st generation groupset with high flange hubs, original BROOKS saddle, Fiamme rims, Cinelli cockpit and Universal 61 brakes. Love at first sight.
A real jewel. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Masi Special
-seat tube (c-t): 56.5 cm
-top tube (c-c): 55 cm
-headset tube: 13.5 cm
-standover: 79.5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 1st gen (52/44, 151bcd)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Headset: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Shifters: Campagnolo Gran Sport (handlebar mount)
Brake Levers: Universal 61
Brakes: Universal 61
Stem: Cinelli (steel)
Handlebar: Cinelli Giro d’Italia
Hubs: Campagnolo Record 1st gen high flange
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record 1st gen (27,2mm)
Pedals: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Leather straps: Alfredo Binda
Air pump: Silca
Handlebar Tape: cotton (new)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Condition: Used, but very good condition. New paint. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Groupset and parts are in great condition. All parts are working fine.