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What is this Masi Gran Criterium?

Old 06-10-11, 08:17 PM
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What is this Masi Gran Criterium?

I've been asked to get sell off this abandoned bike from our building's bicycle lockup.It's too small for me-otherwise I'd be riding it with my club.

Can anyone help me with when it was made & perhaps what it's worth? For instance, the BB shell says cinelli, with *147* stamped beside the cutout *M* --does this mean 2001? It has Campy groupo ---would this be *Chorus*? the forks are carbon/composite *Primo*. It seems to be in very good shape.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-10-11, 10:39 PM
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That bike was abandoned?!
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Old 06-10-11, 11:24 PM
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I smell a joke here.....
Nice Masi anyway....

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It's very different, and not just because of the fork and gruppo. US? Italian? Is it a Masi? I didn't think the more recent ones had the modernized M in the BB shell. I've always seen the big capital M.
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Old 06-11-11, 08:22 AM
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Didn't someone here say the Nuova Stradas had Cinelli-marked BB's with an "M" cutout?

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This doesn't add up. Nobody would abandon a bike like that. You say you were asked to sell off the bike. Who asked you to do it? Are you keeping the money from the sale or giving it to the guy that asked you to sell of the (perhaps stolen?) bike? Is it possible that the person who asked you to sell it doesn't want to get caught selling something that doesn't belong to him?
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Old 06-11-11, 11:46 AM
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I don't think that is a Masi. The "M" looks familiar though, Milani or Milano maybe??
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I have seen this M before, but it does not bring an exact memory to mind, it for certain has been repainted. If it was a Masi it would be an Italian subcontractor made subordinate model from Masi USA with a replacement fork.

I agree it is hard to imagine this bike being abandoned, at least without a really tragic story to go with it. That written, I have been surprised what people leave in storage units that later get auctioned off for unpaid rent.

One guy who would probably know is Jim Allen.
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Oh come on. What slums do you guys live in? I find abandoned Masi's in my building's bike room every day!
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My Merckx was abandoned. The Schwinn Triplet was abandoned as well.

People are nuts.
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Originally Posted by vjp View Post
I don't think that is a Masi. The "M" looks familiar though, Milani or Milano maybe??
I googled "Milani bike photos," and while I didn't really learn anything, I can highly recommend doing so.
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Hi all

That BB is very close to the one on my nuova strada but I do not recognize the paint job.

How about some pics of the lugs and the brake bridge?

I don't think this is a GC. The BB on those was different. My BB below:


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That clinches it in my book - early '80s Nuova Strada with a repaint and Gran Crit decals.

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Well that could be but it could be a grand corsa as well as I suspect they used the same lugs. Mine is late 80's or early 90's based on the slx/sp tubing. Earlier NS used SL. Without knowing the tubing it is impossible to tell. I don't know if the lug design changed over the years either. But not a GC.

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That clinches it in my book - early '80s Nuova Strada with a repaint and Gran Crit decals.

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OK based on looking at early Masi NS's the BB is different for the early ones so I think this is late eighties early nineties Masi either Nuova strada. Still need to see the brake bridge. Looks like it had its fork replaced with a carbon one.

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I googled "Milani bike photos," and while I didn't really learn anything, I can highly recommend doing so.
Wow! Although they are too big for my taste.
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Then there is the other Milani link, about actual Milani BIcycles. Exciting in a different way ...
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