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Old 06-01-10, 03:45 PM   #1
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Hi i just looked at a Masi special Ranndoneuer and thought that it was ok for the money but is there a bike that i can look at that would have some more quality parts on it. I am doing the 400k and the 600k. Thanks for the help.
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Hi i am looking for a complete bike similar to the Masi. Thanks
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Old 06-01-10, 06:10 PM   #3
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People could be more helpful with more specifics to work with. What kind of bike do you have now? What do you like about it? What don't you like about it? What will your budget allow?

I think the best new bike in the $1100ish price range might be the Bianchi Volpe—it's not especially sexy, but it's an awfully comfortable and durable ride with a sensible spec, with only the tires and saddle standing out as obvious junk that need to be immediately replaced—but the differences between most bikes in that price range are quite minor.

If you're comfortable with it, you can get a lot of bike for that much money on Craigslist; even budgeting in money for a serious going-over by the LBS you'll come out well ahead, with lots of money for new lighting and baggage and other gizmos.
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Old 06-01-10, 07:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. I ride a giant tcr1 full carbon on the brevets now I am looking for soemthing to put a generator hub on and fenders and mabey a small bag front or rear thanks.
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There's nothing wrong with wanting better quality parts, but there's also nothing really wrong with the components on the Masi. A mix of Tiagra and 105 is a very functional setup that could easily get you through numerous SR series without changing anything. Well, except maybe the saddle.

But if you really want a similar rando style bike with better parts, you generally have to build it yourself. Find a frame you like and start collecting parts.

The other option is to get something like the Masi, Volpe, Cross Check, Raliegh Clubman, etc. and start replacing parts with better quality little by little. Of course, by the time you get all the parts you want, you'll probably wish you had a better frame.
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While I'm on the hunt for bike to take on the PBP too.... I had also come across the Masi. It looks very sweet but I kept scratching my head why are the shifter not from Shimano???

I'm also in for the Volpe, it has a great set of components for the price... but the dealer from which I'm sourcing tells me that the Volpe has gone outta production!!! But there's no info on the Bianchi site.

One thing on these "fast tourer' bikes like the Cross check, Volpe etc is see that the Chainstay length is similar... is it enough to avoid heel strike with panniers.
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Yes the shifters through me off to. I am looking for other bikes like the Masi and not a cyclocross you can get highend cyclocross bikes but i am not finding highend ranndoneuer bikes. thanks
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Is there a list of rando specific bikes anyware ?
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Thanks for the help. I ride a giant tcr1 full carbon on the brevets now I am looking for soemthing to put a generator hub on and fenders and mabey a small bag front or rear thanks.
What's wrong with your Giant? You can put all the stuff your talking about on it and save some money to boot! You could use fenders similar to these: http://www.crudusa.com/product/27
The generator hub and small handle bar bag will bolt right on. I don't see spending a bunch of money on something you don't really need unless you just want too. That's always good enough reason.

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Is there a list of rando specific bikes anyware ?
A "rando specific" bike is the one you show up to a brevet on and gets you comfortably to the finish. There is no "one" rando specific bike because your rando specific bike is very likely to be different from mine or the next guys or gals.
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Nothing wrong with the Dia-Compe bar end shifters on the Masi, some even prefer them to Shimano.
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