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Old 02-11-12, 06:49 PM   #1
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Yay! I pulled the trigger!

Well, I went out looking today one more time for my 2012 N+1 bike.

I started at REI (not my favorite LBS) riding a Navarro something with a steel frame. Nice bike, but I didn't fall in love.

Then, while there, I rode a Cannondale Synapse with an AL frame just to check the geometry. I had more interest in the carbon frame but they don't stock these (although they can order them). I really liked that bike, and it was priced at $1,050 with Tiagra shifters. I think I could have been quite happy with the bike.

But to be fair to myself, I returned to a Trek store where I had only seen, but not ridden, a 2011 Madone 4.7, priced at $1,799. Good price, marked down from $2,600 and a lot less than the $3,000 2012 version. I really really liked it, but somehow couldn't convince myself it was worth that much more than the AL Synapse.

Then they steered to the Madone 5.1, for $1,999 (also a 2011). There are two left in their system in my size (56cm). I rode it; I loved it. I almost bought it. But they won't do layaway or take a deposit to hold a bike. I have an unexpected check coming soon which I'm devoting to my bike purchase. I wanted to hold this bike, and pay when the check comes in. I will NOT charge the bike.

They said no, so I left, with one more bike to ride anyway - a Specialized AL frame Sectaur at another shop which I really like.

Rode the bike, loved it. Almost pulled the trigger. THEN get to chewing the fat with the LBS owner, and somehow we get to talking about yet another bike: a Masi "Evoluzione." He had one built, and I took it for a spin.

At last, I was in love again. AND - this LBS takes layaways, no problem. He made me a great deal. MSRP is $2,000. I got it for $1,849. I plopped down some cash to hold it, we agreed on what else I wanted (I'm swapping out the white bar tape for black), and now it will await me and that check I mentioned earlier.

Here's a stock picture below. And here's a link to Mazi's site with all the specs on the bike: Mazi Evoluzione

I'm beside myself!
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Old 02-11-12, 07:16 PM   #2
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A Masi! What a cool bike!!

(And unbelievable that that shop wouldn't take a deposit or do layaway - unbelievable. I'm with you, I won't go into debt on anything, especially a bike).
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Very nice, congratulations.
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Beautiful bike! And it is WHITE! Good for you!
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Really nice, DG. Congratulations....
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White again?

Actually looks pretty cool. Bet waiting for that check gets harder by the day.
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Great looking bike! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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It's KILLING me.

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White again?

Actually looks pretty cool. Bet waiting for that check gets harder by the day.
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That's a sweet looking ride. It's great that you found the bike you wanted at a shop that knows a thing or two about serving their customers.
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Thanks! Let me give a shout out to Zumwalt's Bicycle Center on El Cajon Blvd. near SDSU. Small shop that's been there literally about 80 years! All five employees ride Masis, by the way. Matt, the owner (I believe) never once tried to upsell me (I handled that chore myself). The bike comes with FREE lifetime checkups and minor tuneups, too, btw. He told me to bring it in every few months and they'll keep everything running perfectly.

I have to admit I was also attracted to having a brand that wasn't quite so common as others. No disrespect to Trek, for instance (I did like those Madones!) but they're everywhere. I wanted something a little different. I also like the proud Masi name (even though I know a lot has changed and it's made in China, etc.). I've admired their steel cyclocross bikes for years. (Maybe that's the solution to my next N+1 dilemma!).

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Nice looking bike, and a great LBS. Enjoy.
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That bike looks like a work of art. Beautiful!
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I have to admit I was also attracted to having a brand that wasn't quite so common as others.
That would be me too. I don't have anything against Trek, they just lack the panache for guys like us. Good pick, Deege.

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Zumwalt - I went to school - either Herbert Hoover High School or SDSU with some Zumwalts. Hey, that was 55 years ago.

Anyway, congratulations on the great bike. Cool!!!
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Zumwalt's is a great shop. Congratulations on the bike. You'll be riding it by summer. Now your only problem is figuring out where to photograph it.
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Swapping to black bar tape is a good idea. Now you won't have to wash your hands prior to riding.
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Good decision! Really nice bike! What are you going to name her?
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It's KILLING me.
Great Bike. A friend of mine got one last year and he loves his as well. Took it over a Specialized Tarmac or a Team BMC. I an even thinking about buying back my old Masi Cafe Solo flat bar simply because I like the bike so much.
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The saving grace is that it has some black on it. I ask you- If it was an all white bike like you would have preferred- How would you have found it in the snow?

And beginning to think that a trend is coming in here. That is not black according to the video-- It is Silver- just like mine. And the gearing of a compact crank with 11/32 cassette means you won't have to worry about the slopes. It will climb a wall if you need to.

Don't forget to post a Pic on the N+! thread when it arrives

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...he-N-1-of-2012

Glad you managed to try a few bikes and were not just pulled in by the name. Having that "Rare" bike on the streets gives you some Kudos and especially when it is the quality that you have chosen. Well done.

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Hmmm, doesn't look like a LHT....

Nice looking bike though, it looks fast and sleek, you did well!!

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Thanks!

Can't really name her until I bring her home and spend some time with her, right? Have to get to know her personality!

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I have to admit I was also attracted to having a brand that wasn't quite so common as others. No disrespect to Trek, for instance (I did like those Madones!) but they're everywhere. I wanted something a little different. I also like the proud Masi name (even though I know a lot has changed and it's made in China, etc.). I've admired their steel cyclocross bikes for years. (Maybe that's the solution to my next N+1 dilemma!).
That MASI is a very nice looking bike and should give you many miles of enjoyment. And your reason for buying it is precisely the reason why I bought a Colnago. In Tampa, Treks are a dime a dozen as are C'Dales and Specialized bikes. There are only two shops in Tampa that recently started carrying Colnagos, so there aren't very many around here. In the last charity ride I did, out of a few thousand bikes that entered, I don't think that I saw more than 3 or 4 Colnagos. When I do these rides, I have this dumb habit of checking out as many bikes as I can, as I pass them and/or they pass me.

However, I'm curious as to why you want to change the tape to black, if the photo is accurate about the hoods being red? Although I didn't notice any red anywheres else on the bike, wouldn't red tape look a little better with the red hoods? I too am changing the white tape that came on my bike, but I'm changing it to red since there are red accent lines and red brake faces on my white bike.

We definitely need some pics and a ride report when you get that bike on the road.
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it's a great looking bike, and the fact it is not one of the common brands makes it even better. congratulations!

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That is a beauty. I have a Masi Gran Criterium that I love as well. Mine is AL frame with CF front and rear and Dura Ace. A great bike. If I was looking for a CF bike I'd definitely be checking your Masi out. Really nice.
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