Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1978 Austro-Daimler, 1987 Pinarello Montello
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The only thing really wrong with the Motobecane is that it's like having a big decal on your bike that says, "I bought my bike on the Internet." Some other people will look down their nose at it, but more importantly it will be like nails on a chalkboard if you ever have to take it in to your LBS. You also need to be able to pick your size from a geometry chart and might need to true and tension the wheels along with other minor assembly. If you aren't worried about these things, it's a good deal.
None of the three really have a great gear ratio for racing, though the Motobecane comes closest. That's cheap to fix, though. The wheels on the Motobecane definitely don't look like anything special.
I don't have any first-hand experience, but I like the flexibility of the Crosby. The option to add gears or disc brakes if you want to is nice. The rear dropout spacing also lets you put a standard cassette wheel with a single cog and spacer in there, which is nice to hand pick your gearing and use high quality wheels. The Torpedo hub seems heavy, but you can switch between fixed and freewheel without having to remove the wheel.
The Masi is a very good looking bike. I'm unfamiliar with most of its components. It doesn't appear to have eyelets and whatnot for commuting if that matters to you.