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 Columbus 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 Columbus tubes, dates back to 1969, equipped with superb Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset (1968) with high flange hubs, original Cinelli saddle, NiSi rims, ttt cockpit and Universal brakes. Love at first sight.
A real jewel. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Masi Special, (Columbus tubing)
-seat tube (c-t): 55 cm
-top tube (c-c): 54,5 cm
-headset tube: 11,7 cm
-standover: 79 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PAT)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers: Universal
Brakes: Universal Super 68
Stem: ttt (95mm)
Handlebar: ttt Gran Prix
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (high flange, no Record sign)
Rims: NiSi Moncalieri
Tubulars: Clement Criterium Servzio Corse
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27,2mm)
Saddle: Cinelli Unicanitor (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Toe cage: Christophe
Handlebar Tape: biege, cotton (new)
Condition: Used, but very good condition. Original paint, the decals were replaced at Masi’s bike shop at Vigorelli velodrom, where A.Masi also checked the bike. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Groupset and parts are in condition. All parts are working fine.