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Looking to upgrade. New rider looking for information on my late 80's Masi

Old 01-03-11, 01:33 PM
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Looking to upgrade. New rider looking for information on my late 80's Masi

Well, I started cycling about 6 months ago and absolutely love it. I am riding my dads Masi since he crashed too many times and had to quit the sport so I got "The Masi". I have recently joined my colleges cycling team (mainly to be able to join in on group rides but not to race). We have a deal with Specialized and I have the opportunity to get a S-Works Tarmac SL3 for half off ($1,400). My dad offered to purchase this as a graduation present.

I just returned from the local bike shop after asking many questions about whether my components would transfer to the new frame. The answer was yes and no. Some would have to be replaced but they recommended getting a whole new set of components. They were very helpful and said my components were quite good (but not new by any means) but if I had to replace some parts then I would start mixing old with new.

Their recommendation was that I sell my frame/frame+components/whole bike and get new components for the new frame. I have heard from many people that my bike is a classic. If I were to go this route, I would definitely keep my wheels (since apparently they are good wheels). So, here are my questions:

1) Since I would probably keep the wheels, should I try and sell frame by itself and components by themselves or altogether?

2) I'm looking for a ballpark figure of what I might be able to get selling frame and components.

3)Best place to sell? eBay? Craigslist? Other?

4)New components. Recommendations? I've ridden the Dura-Ace on my bike and also SRAM Red recently. Obviously price will play a big part in deciding but welcome thoughts. Shimano Ultegra sounds more like my price range but depends on what I might be able to get for current Masi frame and Dura-Ace components.

5)Keep in mind, I plan on keeping this new bike for 10+ years.

6) Any opinions any of you may have of what I should do would be much appreciated as well. Since I am fairly new, this bike seems fine for me for now. I am riding 3-4 days a week. This just seems like a good time to get a frame since I get a discount.

Pictures. I tried to take as many as I could of all parts of the bike. For being over 20 years old, i'd say the frame is in GREAT condition. If you would like anymore pictures of certain areas of the bike, let me know and I will take care of that asap. I think this was made in Italy and not US but not 100% sure. Check out the pictures and thanks in advance for helping a new cyclist. Also, if you want me to individually list in detail every component, I can try and get that info. I know they are Dura-Ace (probably 10 years old. Brakes may be newer).











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Stickers are part of original paint job. Whole frame is original paint. Nothing added
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Old 01-03-11, 02:26 PM
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I have Red on my race bike and love it, but I was able to get a team deal. If I were paying retail, I'd get Force.
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"gaterade", "powerbar" etc. decals were applied by Masi on an 80s bike? Not likely
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Assuming the images show the bike adjusted to you, then the frame is probably too big. And I wonder about the stem, my bet is that is what your Dad had in place. Who fit you to the bike?
That done, a new bike will not make you faster, nor improve your finish rank. Who is going to determine the size of this new bike? If I had $1,400 to spend I would look at kicking in a bit more and buying a sub $2k COMPLETE bike. The bike you show here is reasonably up to date enough that you will not be held back by it. Bike Lust aside, it could work to your advantage, this guy is killing us and he is on STEEL!?
You do not have as many gears as a modern bike, but it only would present a problem at a race and a wheel exchange, which is more of a problem now than ever before, as there are 3 or more probables to match to.

And yes, the graphics are original to the frame, bike is more from the early 90's.
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Got fitted last summer at a cycling shop in Davis, CA. They (and most everyone else) said this bike was a bit big for me, but I wanted to ride so went with it. The local shop here in Denver said a 56 frame would most likely be good for me. Thanks for the feedback so far guys!
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Well, that answers my question about not holding onto the Masi. You should be able to fit a 10-speed cog on those Mavics, although you'll probably need the correct spacer.
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Thanks for the correction on the stickers. I bought a Paramount, that had very similar stickers (Powerbar and Gatorade for example), that were covering "damage".

Deleted my first message since the bike all of a sudden got newer. If it was late 80s, then just about nothing was original.

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