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Old 03-26-08, 07:28 AM   #1
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Masi Speciale Commuter anyone?

Have been looking for a new frame that fits me & offers better tire clearance & hor. drops. I found this Masi with 46.5cm chainstays, long-reach brakes on flat crown fork. It looks good, was wondering if anyone is using it?
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Old 03-26-08, 05:59 PM   #2
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Old 03-28-08, 06:52 PM   #3
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I'm waiting on LBS to get one in stock so's I can try it out. But I'm pretty sure it's my next bike purchase (also waiting on the 'bush bucks' so's I can pay for it).

Doesn't answer your question, but at least there's a reply now.
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No, you're just in the wrong forum. There are at least six threads about the Masi Speciale Commuter in the...*gasp* Commuting forum!
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Old 03-30-08, 12:22 PM   #5
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No, you're just in the wrong forum. There are at least six threads about the Masi Speciale Commuter in the...*gasp* Commuting forum!
Actually this is a perfectly valid thread for this forum. I'll tell you why. I bought one a couple weeks ago and haven't touched my other bikes since. I love it. Sure it's not a lightweight, but so what. It's comfy as hell, the bars especially are nice old rando-style drops. This is also the first time a bone stock bike has a frame that fits me nearly dead on perfect. It's got mounts for fenders and carriers front and rear, room for wide tires. If you want a SS/FG for long distance or light touring, this is the bike, IMO. I'm not too fond of the stock wheels (heavy rims and spokes) but it uses formula hubs - smooth as butter. It's pretty nice for the cost and what it is. Since it has the braze-ons, you can gear it up if you want.
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Actually this is a perfectly valid thread for this forum. I'll tell you why. I bought one a couple weeks ago and haven't touched my other bikes since. I love it. Sure it's not a lightweight, but so what. It's comfy as hell, the bars especially are nice old rando-style drops. This is also the first time a bone stock bike has a frame that fits me nearly dead on perfect. It's got mounts for fenders and carriers front and rear, room for wide tires. If you want a SS/FG for long distance or light touring, this is the bike, IMO. I'm not too fond of the stock wheels (heavy rims and spokes) but it uses formula hubs - smooth as butter. It's pretty nice for the cost and what it is. Since it has the braze-ons, you can gear it up if you want.
Hey, awesome reply. Since I'm considering one I was curious to see what it would be like to ride a flat century on it. I'll be doing Hancock Horizontal Hundred in Findlay Ohio in the fall and riding with my sister, who's a few notches below me on skill level. It will be her first century (maybe second if I can talk her into an earlier one. HHH is one of the flatest centuries in Ohio (the only hills are highway overpasses), so she wants to use it as a training ride for Ironman FLA (also flat). I figured I'd ride it on the SS (assuming I've purchased by then).

Zonker, even though I ride centuries by the dozen and venture into this forum on occasion, I also... *gasp* COMMUTE! And you're right... the Masi is fairly highly thought of in that forum as well, which is my primary reason for buying one.
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I was mixed up, I was thinking of the Masi Soulville, a decidedly different bike. So looking at the Speciale Commuter, I can see how some might consider it suitable for centuries or other long distance rides, if you subscribe to the SS/FG ethos. As one poster mentioned, you *could* gear it up, if you wanted...but why bother, when there are a plethora of purpose-designed geared bikes available? I had something similar at one time, A Rivendell Quickbeam, and sold it because I found it too limiting. Your mileage may vary, of course. Pardon me, while I go over to the Commuting forum and ask what bike they prefer for double centuries. All in good fun, to each his own!
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Pardon me, while I go over to the Commuting forum and ask what bike they prefer for double centuries.
Hilarious! I'll likely be the only one to answer seriously, since I just happen to commute daily and ALSO do double centuries. My primary reason for buying the Commuter is the commuting, (gee, they even put it in the name so I wouldn't forget why). The advantage of ss/fg being low maintenance and simplicity since my daily route is flat and simple. But... it will have to be ridden on a century+ at least once. All bikes in the stable must pass this requirement. I don't know why.. it's a rule I just made up.
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But... it will have to be ridden on a century+ at least once. All bikes in the stable must pass this requirement. I don't know why.. it's a rule I just made up.
Dobovedo, that's an intriguing rule! On my own personal stable, only half have made the cut. Centuries on the tandem and road bike, no problem. I also have a folder with 20" wheels...I've done 65 miles on that in a day while touring, so a century is possible, but have never felt the desire. And my commuter is a flat bar cyclocross with 30c semi-slicks...fine for 10 miles across town, but absolutely no way would I want to do a century on that. I doff my cap to you on your full-on century-ness!
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Right now I'm 2 for 3.. both road bikes have done centuries galore.

The other bike I have is a 1985 Raleigh Alyeska. I bought it last summer, as a replacement for the original one I had as a teenager, and which got stolen while I was in college nearly 20 years ago. The bike is in original condition, except for tires/tubes which I replaced. I did TOSRV (2 days 210 miles) on that original Raleigh 23 years ago, but this one I have not done one yet. I've only done 50 miles on it. Soon though... I only take it out on pristine weather days.
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Anybody here know if I can get the Masi Especiale Commuter as a frameset only?
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Anybody here know if I can get the Masi Especiale Commuter as a frameset only?
If you're looking for frame-set only, you'd probably have better luck with a Long Haul Trucker.
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