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Old 01-27-05, 07:27 AM   #1
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Masi Bike Opinions

Hi everyone! I am new at road biking and bought myself a Masi Vincere last April. I ended up not riding at all last season, but am starting to train again. I don't know a lot about bikes, but I am concerned that I may have been taken advantage of when buying my bike. I went in thinking I would buy at one price range and ended up doubling my expenses. No one I talk to seems to know the Masi brand, and I spent $1400 on my bike...which worries me. Do any of you know about the Masi Vincere, and could you give me an honest opinion?
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Old 01-27-05, 09:41 AM   #2
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[...] I am new at road biking and bought myself a Masi Vincere last April. I ended up not riding at all last season, but am starting to train again. I don't know a lot about bikes, but I am concerned that I may have been taken advantage of when buying my bike. I went in thinking I would buy at one price range and ended up doubling my expenses. No one I talk to seems to know the Masi brand, and I spent $1400 on my bike...which worries me. Do any of you know about the Masi Vincere, and could you give me an honest opinion?
Go ride that bike and tell us what YOUR experiences are. Other people's reviews are not particularly relevant at this stage: the money has been spent, it's your bike now and you have to ride it. Some may slam it; others may praise it; most will not have a clue anyhow. Ride now, worry later.
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I took a quick look at that bike here. I'm not familiar with Masi, but I'm relatively new, so that means nothing.

Bike looks fine to me, but I agree with Bruco -- what do you think?
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Old 01-27-05, 11:02 AM   #4
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Hate the wheels. I have them on my Marin (stock wheel) and they will be replaced soon. Not strong and not light. Not a good combo. Rest of the bike looks nice though.
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I don't think that's the same Masi that made top-shelf Italian frames in the 70s, 80s-90s.

I seem to rememeber them selling their brand......but I might be mistaken.
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Old 01-29-05, 08:40 PM   #6
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For old-timers Masi is a hallowed name (I'm not exaggerating) and there is a negative reaction to the fact that the name has been sold to a mass-production Asian builder.

That does not mean your bike is bad, just that those of us who remember Masi as one of the top 2 or 3 builders in the world during the 1970s and 80s don't like what has happened to the name. Masi, Cinelli, and DeRosa with maybe 1 or 2 other Italian builders were the names to have if you had the $. Now, Masi is just a name. Oh well. If it were called anything else the reaction wouldn't have emotions involved and would just be about the bike.

Having said all of that the poster who stated, in effect, that the milk has already been spilled is right. Just ride. FWIW (not much as I tend to look at steel frames even with modern bikes) I'd say your price was fair but not a tremendous deal.

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