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. 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”. It’s not a surprise that also Eddy Merckx was racing with exact same frameset while ridding for FAEMA Team. The frameset dates back to late 1960s/eary 1970s, equipped with superb Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset with high flange Record hubs, original Brooks saddle, Cinelli stem and handlebar. Love at first sight.
Very nice catch for any vintage bike lovers. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Masi Special
-seat tube (c-t): 58 cm
-top tube (c-c): 56,5 cm
-headset tube: 14,8 cm
-standover: 81,5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
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: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Stem: Cineli (115mm)
Handlebar: Cinelli Giro d’Italia
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (high flange, no Record sign)
Tubulars: Vittoria Rally
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record, Masi pantograph (27,2mm)
Saddle: Brooks (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Toe cage: Christophe
Leather straps: Alfredo Binda (original)
Handlebar Tape: blue, cotton (new)
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.
Price: SOLD (March 2019)