Classic & Vintage - Masi Gran Criterium
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09-21-08, 02:39 PM
I wanted to start off by saying what a great forum you all have here. The amount of good information on current and past bikes is unsurpassed on the internet. I read most of the threads on serial numbers and such but not much help. I did have a question about my Masi. I purchased it brand new in '96 - it has M57 and 9054 stamped on the bottom bracket around the shell not on the flat part (if that makes any sense). My question is: what can you gather from the numbers? The seat stays have MASI stamped on them, the brake bridge is not round and has MASI stamped on it twice, flat crown fork, it's red, there is a big M on the bottom bracket. Thanks in advance for your information.
09-21-08, 03:22 PM
San Marcos period, probably built there too.
Not sure of the builder, after Moulton, after Starck.
09-21-08, 03:28 PM
About all I know is it's a 57 cm frame. The serial number (9054) by itself wouldn't mean much to me if you hadn't told me you bought it new in '96. Bob Hovey is the man when it comes Masis. You might want to check out his site (http://bhovey.com/Masi/index.html) if you haven't already. He has an article on Masi dates (http://bhovey.com/Masi/masidates.htm), though it's a little spotty with respect to newer Masis. He also has useful info on how Masis have changed (http://bhovey.com/Masi/MasiBits/MasiBits.htm) over time.
09-21-08, 04:59 PM
Pictures? Please?! :)
09-21-08, 09:18 PM
Ok, I don't know how to post pics so I'll just post a link. The story is that I bought the Masi in 1996 to replace an Eddy Merckx that was stolen from me. I rode it from 1996 to 2004 when I bought two new Eddy Merckx's - an MX Leader (see photo) and a Leader. I took some parts off of the Masi for the Merckx so the Masi has been hanging around the garage with no shifters. My wife asked me the other day what it would cost to get it back on the road. I gave it a look over and it might just need shifters and some touch up paint.
Interesting....the immediate successor in serial is listed on Bob Hovey's site. Another 57cm frame, 1989 model. Not too surprising the frame was sold new in 1996. Nice bike.
09-21-08, 09:27 PM
09-22-08, 10:52 AM
I don't have a clue what the numbers mean....just wanted to say that's a nice bike!
Looks pretty complete as it is - maybe $300 to get it on the road again (for used 8spd Dura Ace brifters, and other bits)? Or go full out and get a Campy Record build kit!
09-22-08, 09:45 PM
that photobucket page takes a Long time to load.
Not a flat crwon, a shallow sloping crown lets call it, that and the lugs are from Henry James, I don't know who designed them, not great when compared to the original investement cast designs that were pretty true to the stamped originals, with some mods. I think the author of these lugs will remain hidden for fear of Masi Mavines getting upset at them.
I do have one of these later bike, picked up for cheap, especially considering it came with Campagnolo SR reduced, build it up and ride it. They ride very well. You will probably find the extra weight is more of a head trip on the other riders in the bunch than you. And if you fall, you don't have to worry about the epoxy and or the carbon fibre....
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