Masi Gran Criterium Classic Road Bike 1972

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Masi Gran Criterium Classic Road Bike 1972

Twin-Plate Fork. Fabulous Frameset. Campagnolo Record. Pantographs.
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  • Manufacturer: Masi
  • Size: 51 cm
  • Description:

    If you are a cycling enthusiast, you have probably seen the classic 1979 coming of age, Oscar-winning film, Breaking Away. The hero is Dave Stoller, an Indiana cycling buff with dreams of riding with the Team Cinzano. Dave’s Masi is surely one of the most recognizable bicycles in the history of filmmaking, and was a huge part of the engine driving the US “bike boom,” getting so many people interested in cycling in the first place – and, if at all possible, with some Italian flair. At the cross section of cycling and pop culture, you’ll find this very bike. But even if it didn’t have such a prestigious Hollywood pedigree, this Masi for the 70’s – surely their golden era – would be a wildly collectible and desirable machine.


    After racing in Monuments like the Giro d’Italia and Milan San Remo in the 1930’s, Faliero Masi took what he learned from racing bikes and started building them, having an almost “sixth sense” as to what a rider needed from his frame to insure a peak performance. This ability earned Masi a nickname – The Tailor – as he built his company renowned for their obsessive attention to detail. By 1950, Masi’s company – Cicli Masi – was turning out frames for some of the most legendary riders in cycling history, all from a space located below the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan (Italy).


    Launched in 1970, the Masi Gran Criterium is one of the most sought after Italian bicycles ever manufactured. Inspired by the racing bikes that Masi had built for Eddy Merckx (many riders raced for other teams, though the steel they rode was actually built by Masi), the Gran Criterium is perhaps the pinnacle of Faliero Masi’s achievement. The exquisitely filed lugs and double-fork crown are clear indicators that this is a bicycle for serious racing.


    Masi rarely disclosed which steel tubing he used for the Gran Criterium (or any of his other bikes for that matter), but it’s presumably made either of light and sturdy Columbus SL or Reynolds 531 tubes or a mix. It comes equipped with an appropriate groupset - the Campagnolo Nuovo Record, Nisi rims, Cinelli cockpit, and saddle.
    In the early 1970s Faliero Masi started to produce his bikes in facilities in California, whilst his son Alberto continued the business in Italy which should be the reason why his name can be found on this 1972 pearl.


    The bike has been fully checked in our workshop and is ready to be ridden. Of course it’s suitable for Eroica, and would look right at home at Eroica CA cruising along the California coast.


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  • Condition: Used. The bike is in very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Decals are original. All parts have been thoroughly checked and are working fine.
  • Era: 1970s
  • Storage: BMB 02-18
  • Product ID: 16881
Frame & Fork Masi Gran Criterium
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Headset Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Crankset Campagnolo Nuovo Record; 170mm; 53/42; pantographed
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Stem Cinelli; 100mm; pantographed
Stem Bar Cinelli; 40cm
Shifters Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers Campagnolo Nuovo Record; pantographed
Hubs Campagnolo Nuovo Record; Freewheel 15-23
Rims Fiamme; 700c tubular
Tires Continental Giro; 700c tubular
Seat Post Campagnolo Record; pantographed
Seat 3ttt SL
Chain YBN Classic
Handlebar Tape Cotton cloth
Pedals not included
  • Seat Tube (c-t): 51 cm
  • Top Tube (c-c): 52 cm
  • Head Tube: 10.5 cm
  • Recommended for an inseam length of:
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