Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Spokane WA
Bikes: Seven Axiom Ti, Trek 620, Masi cylocross (steel). Masi Souleville 8spd, Fat Chance Mtn (steel), Scwinn Triple Bar cruiser, Mazi Speciale Fix/single, Scwinn Typhonn
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Sannino and Masi are two Italian bikes made in the classic style by two of the surviving "old masters". Both ride very comfortably yet sprint and climb etc very, very well. In the 60's into the 80's, Masi was considered to be the benchmark that other bikes were compared to, many of the very best riders rode Masi frames, including Merckx before he had contracts with De Rosa and Colnago. Since Faliero's Masi's death, the Masi name has been sold, Alberto, his son, cannot use his name anymore and now produces his frames under the name "Milano". The story behind this unclear, in 1973 Faliero opened a shop in the US, teaching two Californians his methods, to be closer to his largest market. There have been rumors of some sort of fued between Faliero and Alberto. The two types of Masis canbe distinguished as follows: Faliero and American Masis, the M has sharp corners- M and are signed Faliero Masi on the top tube;
Albeto Masis have a rounded m- m and are signed on the top tube Albeto Masi. Mine is an Alberto.
Im sorry I can't tell you much about Sannino, all of the available Literature is in Italian, and I didn't want to run Up my phone bill
having the distributor tell me about him. All I cared about was having a good bike anyway.
Last edited by pat5319; 09-15-01 at 03:19 PM.