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Masi Gran Criterium: She's Photogenic

Old 04-19-12, 01:23 PM
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Masi Gran Criterium: She's Photogenic

Picked this up two nights ago (4/17/12) and decided it was thread worthy, enjoy!

I bought this because I have always lusted after a campanolo super record group but could never find one. Finally this local deal popped up and I couldn't resist. I originally planned on stripping the components and moving them to another frame but this one grew on me. However.. I usually ride a bit smaller (50-52cm) so we'll see how this works out. I actually had no knowledge about Masi until a few days ago so this is all new to me.

This Masi was built by Rob Roberson in Rancho Santa Fe, build date is 1980. It was originally purchased from Colorado Cyclist in '83 and I am now the second owner. The components are all original Campagnolo Super Record except the wheel set and a few other bits. It is currently sitting on some near NOS wheels: Record High Flange Hubs and Campagnolo Rims. The parts are in amazing condition; there's barely a scratch on the rear derailleur, the most beautiful part of the group imo.

There are some small issues: specs of rust on the brake bolts, chain, and nds seat stay. The frame has paint loss in various places, mostly on the underside of the down tube, though I'm not quite sure how that got there. Also the tubular tires were glued on terribily! According to Repechage, this may have been repainted by Jim Allen, so I've contacted the original owner to see if he knows anything. Would the difference between build date and purchase date have any affect on this? Anyone with more info please reply.

Now for the pictures!! Mostly close ups b/c I was using a 50. Sorry for the dirt, I didn't get a chance to clean the bike yet.
Feel free to post your Masi too!

Updated 4/21/12 w/new bar tape











Before shots with SPLASH tape can be seen here.
Profile, Front, Handlebars, Stem


1980 Masi Gran Criterium: Detailed Info
Serial No: C8055 : MC54
July-Sept - 1980 - #55
Size: 54cm
Frame material: Reynolds 531
Fork Style: Cinelli semi sloping fork crown

Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Der: Campagnolo Super Record Pat '82
Front Der: Campagnolo Super Record Clamp On
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record with generic black hoods
Levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Brakeset: Campagnolo Super Record
BB: Campagnolo Super Record English
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record 170mm '82
Crank bolt: Sugino self extracting
Freewheel: Suntour Winner Pro t-t
Chain: Regina
Hubs: Campagnolo Record High Flange 36H
Rims: Campagnolo Victory Strada Tubular
Skewers: Campagnolo
Tires: Continental Sprinter
Pedals: Campagnolo Super Record
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record 27.2mm 5
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo '85
Stem Cinelli 100mm
Handlebars: Cinelli Giro D'Italia 64-40
Toe Clips: Cinelli
Toe Strap: Cinelli
Bottle: Campagnolo Aero
Seatpin: Campagnolo
Bar Tape: Black/Yellow Speckle

Info from Bhovey.com/Masi & Velobase.com, +others.

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Components

Updated 4/21/12 w/ slightly cleaner hubs











Hubs before cleaning can be seen here:
Front, Rear

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Really nice Masi...I'm a little surprised you hadn't heard of them before. Looks to be in excellent condition. Enjoy.
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Even for the most jaded bf'er, that's a great bike. Unbelievable stunner. Have fun on it!
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Italian classic cycle perfection!....almost!...It just that bar tape mon! Yellow and black's great to match the Masi graphics, but the splash pattern is just too...uhmmm... "Non-classic"!
Maybe we should start a bar tape change fund for your Masi??......
"Save Irvri's GC Masi from splash bar tape fund"??:

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I like it! (See https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Masi-finished! )

But the bar tape has to go.

Now you have to watch Breaking Away. And ride that thing.

Also read https://www.bhovey.com/Masi/ and https://masi.gregfletcher.net/
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So if you were gonna strip the components from this one,
what exactly were you gonna put them on.

Because around here, that's considered a pretty respectable
frame...............just sayin'.
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For once I agree with Chombi.
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Simply stunning.
now where is that dirt you were apologizing for?
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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Originally Posted by velomateo
Really nice Masi...I'm a little surprised you hadn't heard of them before. Looks to be in excellent condition. Enjoy.
Well.. when I was into fixies and such I always saw masi branded ones so I assumed they were just a mass produced cheap brand like all the other. How wrong I was

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I like it! (See https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Masi-finished! )

But the bar tape has to go.

Now you have to watch Breaking Away. And ride that thing.

Also read https://www.bhovey.com/Masi/ and https://masi.gregfletcher.net/
What a nice Masi you have! I saw that thread while I was researching

Don't worry it will be converted to some nice cinelli tape tomorrow and I will snap pics afterward! But seriously what is it with everyone hating that kind of tape, too 80s?

Anyways thanks for the suggestions, I'll put them on my to do list. I actually downloaded Breaking Away a few days ago when I heard it was a Masi in the movie


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So if you were gonna strip the components from this one,
what exactly were you gonna put them on.

Because around here, that's considered a pretty respectable
frame...............just sayin'.
Hah you're right, it would have gone to my 3rensho which is a bare frame right now, or a future frame: I was thinking de rosa, merckx, etc. (hopeful thinking)

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Simply stunning.
now where is that dirt you were apologizing for?
Those hubs !
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A great little, early 80's time machine. I can imaging the envious stares this bike would have got back then - which just happens to be so even today. Lovely bike.
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Here's my to do list for the bike:

1. bar tape (possibly in the morning)
2. clean those hubs. wish I knew to polish
3. find some nos or vgc campy hoods + campy toe clips
4. swap in campy crank bolts from the other bike
5. different tubular tires OR
6. swap in some clinchers if the price is right
7. find more time to ride it


Originally Posted by Gary Fountain
A great little, early 80's time machine. I can imaging the envious stares this bike would have got back then - which just happens to be so even today. Lovely bike.
Thank you sir. As I said before, I didn't know how highly regarded this bike was, that just shows I have so much more to learn
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This beautiful bicycle is all yours at this point.

Stewardship has its privileges as well.

You get to ride this fun bicycle whenever you'd like and you have all the time in the world for fine tuning these items on your list.

Gary, again, has it correct.

Go enjoy that Masi.
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Sweet bike!

If it were mine, I'd replace the bar tape (got a regular Greek chorus going on this, don't we?) and rebuild the wheels with clincher rims and new spokes. Then I'd wear out the tires as fast as possible.

I'm guessing the paint wear on the down tube is due to sand kicked up by the front tire over the years.
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I don't know if you've ridden it much yet, but mine (1980, D8003) is amazing. Only problem is that it's too small.

A beautiful find! I'm not sure why Repechage would say it was repainted by Allen, but ... how would any of us know if it doesn't have secondary signature on it?

I would not polish those hubs, or any of the other Campy stuff. It's fashionable on-line to do so, but the original finish was a satiny dull aluminum color that caught the light and is restored with cleaning. These were not mirror-finish parts.

You should know about the Masi sizing conventions. What they called an M53 (in my case) measures 530 mm from BB center to the tippy top of the seat lug, not top of top tube or center of top tube, nor is it the top tube length. So for me, while a 53 cm is within my sizing range, in a vintage Masi I really should have an M55 or so.

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What a stunning ride! I actually don't hate the splash tape either, I might need my head checked
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Looks fabulous! (If that's a repaint they certainly did a stellar job.)
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Beautiful, but the bar tape has to go.
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I would submit an entry to this:

https://raydobbins.com/splash/splash.htm


Ray's Splash Gallery of Horror.
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Originally Posted by Road Fan
I don't know if you've ridden it much yet, but mine (1980, D8003) is amazing. Only problem is that it's too small.
I feel you on the size, I felt mine was a cm or two large on the top tube when I took it for a quick spin. But if thats the correct measurements maybe it does fit me!

And don't worry, I was only joking about polish. I don't have the time or patience to do it even if I wanted so a quick clean is all they'll ever get haha.

Originally Posted by repechage
Lol thats a great site, maybe I will send it to him haha. Sorry to say guys the splash tape might stay there until next week. Just had my wisdom teeth done this morning (all 4) so I'm a little out of it
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Here's a little excerpt I stole from raydobbins site that you all might like:

"Question: Honestly, what is so bad about Splash tape?

Response: Except for those few machines on which it looks good, it takes so much away from the simple elegance of vintage paint schemes by drowning it out in business. It just screams for attention, distracts the eye, and dissolves the "unity" of the visual experience into a fragmented laboratory-type slide view of some infectious disease. Other than that, nothing's wrong with it. Nothing at all."
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I don't think anybody has mentioned this, but that bar tape, well it has to go! Congratulatios, your Masi is just a beauty! Enjoy it!

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Irvri, if you think that frame is too large try to find a stem with a bit less reach. That looks like a 100mm. You can probably find a nice 80mm Cinelli stem. Check the clamp size though. It is probably 26.4mm if I remember right, but do measure it.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Irvri, if you think that frame is too large try to find a stem with a bit less reach. That looks like a 100mm. You can probably find a nice 80mm Cinelli stem. Check the clamp size though. It is probably 26.4mm if I remember right, but do measure it.
And I know someone who has an 80mm cinelli stem in 26.4. Hint: its me.

Actually it might be an 85mm.

/nice bike.
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