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 made of Reynolds 531 tubing and GF bottom bracket shell, dates back to mid 1960s, equipped with superb Campagnolo Record 1st generation groupset, Universal 61 brakes, ttt Gran Prix cockpit, original BROOKS saddle, NiSi rims with stunning Campagnolo Record high flange hubs. Love at first sight.
A real jewel. Original condition. L’Eroica ready. Fair price.
Frame & Fork: Masi Special by Faliero Masi (Reynolds)
-seat tube (c-t): 54.5 cm
-top tube (c-c): 54.5 cm
-headset tube: 11,7 cm
-standover: 79 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 1st gen (170mm, 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 Record 1st gen
Brake Levers: Universal 61
Brakes: Universal mod 61
Stem: 3ttt Special Gran Prix
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (high flange)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record (27,2mm)
Saddle: BROOKS (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Leather straps: Alfredo Binda
Handlebar Tape: blue, cotton (new)
Tubulars: Continental Giro
Condition: Used, but good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents, not bent. Original paint and decals. Some signs of normal use. Groupset and parts are in good condition and are working fine.