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Old 02-15-10, 01:59 PM   #1
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Good deal on a Masi?

Early this morning, I saw this listed with a BIN.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Masi-Nuova-Strad...#ht_500wt_1160

A couple of hours later it was gone. Did I pass up a great opportunity? If I were the type of guy who can drop $200 plus shipping on impulse, I mean? Of course, I'm not, so this is kind of hypothetical. Still, looked pretty good, considering that it's my size....
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Old 02-15-10, 02:26 PM   #2
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I would not have hesitated more than 30 seconds had I seen that, since big frames in my size are relatively rare.

I know very little about Masi, but OS Brain is some pretty good stuff. Edit: Or maybe not so good. Just did a search (in 30 seconds) and while it was an above average tube set, it wasn't much above.

The interesting thing is the seller's other items are all priced at more than I would pay.

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Bump.
Surprised no one else has weighed in on this. I don't know anything about Masis, but it seemed like a good deal to me. Or does the lack of response mean that it was really a BAD deal?
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I don't know either, but I would have jumped on it if it fit. If I had any Italian threaded components, even on other bikes, I might have been willing to buy it just to try, thinking that I could resell for that price.
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I'm tagging this for later tonight. I'll respond back in thispost.
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In terms of the seller's other stuff - I kind of like the Atala as a commuter since it's a little older (80's). However - it's too small.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1980s-At...item2558de2864
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If it was the right size, it went for a happy price for the buyer. $300 would have been difficult.

Sometimes waiting has it's cost.
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If this carried the real builder's name it would not go above $200. It is made by Billato on behalf of the American license-holders. It was in no way built by the Masi family company in Italy.
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In other words, it's not a "real" Masi? So what IS a "real" Masi? There's a can of worms to open....
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There is another one fully equipped with Athena for a great price
http://cgi.ebay.com/MASI-NUOVA-STRAD...42094680372828

I was VERY tempted to get it since it is my size, but I did just buy an brand new bike and my wife would never allow another one

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I think it's a super deal. Ten centimeters too big for me but a deal.
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In other words, it's not a "real" Masi? So what IS a "real" Masi? There's a can of worms to open....

Its a frameset produced by the original Masi company NOT a company granted a license to produce under the name. No can of worms involved.
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Its a frameset produced by the original Masi company NOT a company granted a license to produce under the name. No can of worms involved.
Yes, that's wormlessly expressed.
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The Nuova Strada was produced in Italy for Masi USA, but not by Masi Italy. Debate amongst yourself the relative merits of when and where and by whom a particular Masi was made.

That's probably what Citoyen Du Monde means.
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$240 delivered? I'd have bought it if it were my size and I were looking.
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I think it's a good price. I have an '83 Masi Nuova Strada myself and it rides very well. I switch between my CF bike and my steel Masi and I'm still impressed with the ride quality of the Nuova Strada. Can't comment on the components though since mine are all Edco Competition but you can't go wrong with Campy. The paint quality looks great too but not enough pics to truly give an assessment.
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So the Billato Masis are sort of like Panasonic-made Schwinn-approved Schwinns?
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I'm glad I collect Fuji's... These questions never come up. However, I have a Masi Gran Corsa, an '88. It rides REAL nice, looks REAL nice. It's a win/win for me despite not being real.

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