Preeetty Italian-made Masi (Alberto, not Faliero)


Early 80’s Italian build frame by Alberto Masi with 50th Anniversary Campagnolo Crank and Cinelli handle bars, Brooks Leather saddle and leather bar tape. Wheels are tubular and comes with Campy Cassette. No shipping pick up or delivery within reasonable distance only.


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.

The story of the 2010 Masi Prestige Cronometro


No, that is not a typo. Johan in Sweden is the lucky owner of this incredible example. He shares with us the story of how it came to be:


A Masi Prestige with Cronometro chainstays, chrome head lugs and fork crown. Paint = Champagne with yellow detailing. I was very, very lucky to get an old lugset, BB and fork crown. The fork crown is of a type used in circa 1972 and is often called a “faux twin plate”. Decals are NOS and not replica.

I ordered the frame with long Campagnolo dropouts, on top of BB wire routing and three guides for the rear brake wire.

The frame will take everything from an old Nuovo Record group to a modern Super Record 11.

This is the story of how the brand new Masi “Prestige” came to life—

I took a taxi to the Vigorelli velodrome as I had been struggling the day before to survive the Milano traffic in my own car….


When arriving to the workshop, sweating like a pig (35 degrees Celsius), I was welcomed by Mr Alberto Masi himself and two customers. One of the customers knew a little English and he helped to translated. Mr Masi knew who I was as I had spoken to Mr Domenico (friend and/or colleague to Mr Masi) over the phone in April or May about ordering a frame and coming to the shop. Mr Domenico, who speaks very good English, was coming to the shop in 15 to 30 minutes. While waiting I just wandered round the shop and took in the atmosphere. The history is very present in this place. A wonderful and very, very tidy place. Mr Masi is keeping everything in strict order.


When Mr Domenico arrived he immediately said “you are JE from Sweden aren’t you?”. I guess I look very Swedish….

Of course my frame was not finished. It was not even started. My last order confirmation had not reached them. From what I was to see and hear that was a good thing. If they would have made my frame from the info I had given them by mail – it would not have been anywhere near what I now got. Being there and taking my (and their) time got me some good frame-parts that I definitely would not have got otherwise.


We talked and talked over the different parts and as we did that and Mr Masi said “no I do not have that part any more” a lot – he then went to some drawers and rummaged around. Then coming back with a part that I really wanted more than the one asked for. I asked for the same fork crown as on my two vintage Masi Prestiges. He went away for a while and when coming back, asked if I wanted the very last one of the “faux” twin plate fork crown that he had…! Of course I wanted it! Same with the lugs. I asked if he had old ones left and he said “no” and then later – “I might get a set together” and then went away for ten minutes and coming back with a set. Every little detail was talked through.


Then we got to the rear chain stays. I wanted the Cronometro/Fiera style and he said “it is going to be very, very expensive”. “It takes almost a week to do them”. We talked some more and I asked him for two prices – with and without “holes”. The hours went by and we agreed on decals – and again I got old ones. Not replica. He said “This is a big risk we are taking. This is the last set of Prestige decals suited for a Champagne paint job and they are very fragile. They can break when mounted and if so we are all out of them and has to think of other decals and colours. But then the frame is already painted and it will be a catastrophe.”


I asked if he know the painter well and if he could instruct him about it and he said “yes”. We decided to give it a chance. I also ordered chrome head lugs and fork crown – and drop outs.

As I did not want a replica of any special model or year we could pick what I wanted and what Mr Masi thought was a good mix of things, colours and decals. When he asked me what kind of group I was putting on it – I said – my thought is to have the opportunity to “have the cake and eat it”. He was puzzled by Mr Domenicos translation but then I explained how I was thinking. As the frame is being built it is going to accept everything from a Vintage Nuovo Record group to a modern Super Record 11 group. I will mount a Nuovo Record head set and then we will see – as I have a lot of vintage bikes I am tempted to build it with a Super Record 11 just to go all the way in retromodern. Alberto was happy with my thinking. He said “a new frame in old style with modern parts would be perfect”

Time was flying and we had spent hours talking. I was getting ready to leave. We made arrangements about payment and delivery. We talked about the price and of course I wanted the “holes”. Alberto was happy that I ordered it with Cronometro stays and I do not think it was just the money he was thinking about – I think he is proud of them.

They helped me to get a taxi back to the hotel and Mr Masi actually walked me out to it. Sitting in the taxi my head was spinning with thoughts and impressions. It had been a very, very nice day…….


It was an even better day when the frame arrived a couple of days ago. Everything was as ordered. It is a beauty! The only thing that I might complain a little about is the paint job – it is a little sloppy. But all in all – the frame is wonderful and to have ordered it directly from Mr Alberto Masi at his shop makes it even better.


Cheers to Johan for sharing this story. Many more photos of his trip to Vigorelli, the unboxing, and the build can be seen here.

In London



Vintage Masi Special Track Frame Pista Cinelli 56 – £1900

For sale a beautiful vintage Italian track frame,straight from the 70s:
Masi Special,full polished and chrome-coated with Campagnolo dropouts.
Comes with 2 world champion ‘Masi Milano’stickers on seat tube,’Cicli Masi Milano’original head badge, everything in almost perfect condition,the chrome coating doesnt bear any relevant scratch nor dent,this frame has probably been mounted only for exposition purposes and never ridden.
Frame Details:
Seat tube (c-c):56
Top tube (c-c):56
Rear Spacing:120mm
Front spacing:100mm
Bottom bracket Italian threaded
frame weight:2120g
fork weight:740g
Total weight:2860g


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.