California Masi


Up for auction is my beautiful 1974 Carlbad Masi MC 62 #543 in original silver gray finish. I bought this as a frameset a while ago and spent time researching online catalogs and the CR list in order to build it up with the proper parts. The frame is straight and rides beautifully, easily as good as any classic era road bike that I have ever owned. The frame has some honest patina as shown in the photographs but is still quite stunning. All decals are original. I carefully airbrushed several small areas of the frame that had some corrosion that I felt needed to be addressed including; both top eyes, seat tube DR clamp area, and small area half way down left seat stay. The touch ups were clear coated and buffed so they are a good match with the original finish. Here is the build list:

FRAME Reynolds 531 DB tubing
HANDLEBAR Cinelli #64-40 alloy, cloth taped, Cinelli bar plugs
STEM Cinelli Model #1-A, 10 1/2 CM
PEDALS Campagnolo Record Strada
FRONT & REAR DERAILLEURS, Campagnolo Nuovo Record Groupset (1973 stamped)
CRANKS (170 MM),
FREEWHEEL Everest 14/22
WHEELS Martano tubular (NOS), 15 ga SS straight (non DB) spokes, Campagnolo small flange hubs)
TIRES Servizio Corse tubular
STRAPS Binda with riveted end
WATER BOTTLE T/A style with Masi imprint (repro)
PUMP Silca, color matched (sorry but w/o Masi imprint which are tough to find!) Campagnolo lightweight head (should be chrome “blue foot” head)
COLOR Silver gray with flag ST decals , blue DT decals and other highlights
FRAME SIZE 62 CM (60 cm CTC seat tube x 58 cm CTC top tube)

The above format closely follows the period Masi catalog specification page. Extra Masi details like blue painted cable clamp screw ends and cable ferrules are included as well as riveted toe straps. Currently have modern 9 speed chain installed (shifts sooo much better) but a period Regina can be included if requested. Includes two Cinelli saddles; on unpadded #55 which I find very comfortable but has a small tear on the side near the front, and one very nice smooth leather padded #4 which looks great.

The bike is adjusted and ready to ride!

Postscript: the auction ended at $1,500.


Early ’80s Masi Gran Criterium

Set up pretty much perfectly for us, too (size, stem length, etc.). Shame we’re not in the market.

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This vintage early 1980’s Masi Gran Criterium road bike is in great shape. The bike has almost all original parts on it. The brake hoods, leather pedal straps, inner wire, outer housing, and tubular tires have all been replaced. The bike has been kept indoors whenever it was not on the road. Everything on the bike is functional and in great condition. This is a 52cm road bike with a Campanolo group.

Rare Masi Gran Criterium with a low opening bid and no reserve

We usually see these fetching a fair amount of $.

Curious where this one will end up. Really attractive color, too.


This bike is a very cool vintage piece that with some cleaning, and restoration, will be great. Frame has some minor scuffs and marks but the logo’s and stickers are still great. There is some rub under the frame clamps. Wheels are rough and need some tuning in the hubs as well as some cleaning on the rims through they still spin smooth and have no dings, no dents, and no damage. The tires are older and weathered and will need to be replaced. Bar, stem, seatpost, saddle and shifters have some cosmetic wear and scuffs. New bar tape is needed. The shifting is not working well and would recommend new cables and housing and a tune. Derailleurs look to be working great. Chain, cassette, and chainrings just need a deep clean and they will still have lots of life left. Pedals are working great but pedals and crank will need a good clean as well. The brake pads have hardened over time and should be replaced. This is just typical wear and signs of storage on an older bike, there is no excessive wear and this has been kept in doors for storage so there is lots to work with and this bike could be made to be great!


Weight: 24.9lbs

Size: 50cm (48 Seat Tube Center to Center/52 Top Tube Center to Center)
Frame: Brev. Masi America Lugged
Fork: Brev. Masi Amierica
Wheels: Tubular
Hubs: Maillard 700
Tires: Tubular
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Brake Levers/Dia-Compe Hoods, Shimano Bar End Shifters
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Cassette: 6 Speed Freewheel
Crank: Stronglight
Crank Arm Length: 165L
Chainrings: 52T Double
Pedals: Lyotard Clips
Bar: Cinelli Drop Bar
Stem: Cinelli Quill Stem
Seatpost: Campagnolo 27.2
Saddle: Avocet

Postscript: the auction closed at a shockingly low (in our opinion) $785. Deals are out there sometimes.


Wouldn’t mind having that. Love the color.

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This is an Italian built Masi Gran Criterium Vintage 1972. Serial number is M 56. The frame was most likely built with reynolds 531 tubing although there is no decal present.
The fork has a Fischer crown with grooves front and back. The frame is straight and tracks true. There are no dents.

The measurements are: Seat tube 55cm c-c, 56cm c-t. Top tube is 55.5cm c-c. The bike is outfitted with Campagnolo components with a couple of exceptions. The rear derailleur is stamped with Patent-72.
The crank arms are 170mm Strada with no date codes. 42-52 chain rings. Regina CX/CX-S- 7 speed freewheel, 13-26. Regina chain. Record hubs with Ambosio 19 Extra Elite rims. Campagnolo pedals.

Cinelli Milano 90mm stem with Cinelli Mod Giro D’Italia handle bars. Campagnolo 27.2mm seat post with San Marco Supercorsa Concor saddle.

Everything else you see is Campagnolo except: Seat post binder bolt, rear mech pulley wheels, brake blocks and one pedal dust cap. These items can be sourced if desired.
The left hand brake hood has a tear. The bike looks good and presents well. The photos show a few areas in the paint worth noting. Drive side top tube, drive side chain stay, left side seat stay at the top,
front of the fork on the left side, various areas with some paint chipping. Please study all photos. There are plenty to show any imperfections.

This bike can be ridden as is. The tires have some age but hold air with no bubbles or bumps. The bike shifts and brakes as it should. It would be recommended to grease the bearings
before any extended riding.

Masi Gran Criterium


Vintage Masi Grand Criterium Campognolo Bicycle 56cm – $1500 (Westhampton/ Garden City)

Vintage, MASI, Grand Criterium, bike. All parts are classic Campagnolo including gears, brakes, fork and pedals. The rest of the bicycle including steel frame, seat post, stem and seat are Masi. Size medium 56cm/21″. Rear tire is flat and must be replaced. I will ship the bike $125 shipping /boxing fee or free pick up. Good condition circa 1969-70.