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1974 Masi Gran Criterium Road Bike

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The latest bike to make its way into Speed Bicycles reliquary of priceless two-wheeled gems, is this 1974 Masi Gran Criterium road bike.

For any bike enthusiast worth his or her salt, the Masi brand needs no introduction, nor does the historical significance of the Gran Criterium. 

But, we’ll digress for a moment just the same.    

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Following a brief career as a professional cyclist, which saw a young Falieri Masi race in two Italian Grand Tours during the early 1930’s, his continued love of both bike and sport inspired him to create the Vigorelli Velodrome Laboratory (aka Masi Bici) in 1949.

From there, Masi went on to become the frame builder of choice for such champions as Aldo Bini, Fausto Coppi, Fiorenzo Magni, Alfredo Martini, Louison Bobet and later, Jacques Anquetil, Roger Rivière, Antonio Maspes, Ferdinand Bracke, Eddy Merckx, Rick Van Looy, Felice Gimondi and Vittorio Adorni.

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In 1972 Masi was cajoled by a group of American businessman to cross the Atlantic and begin producing bikes for the U.S. market, with the Gran Criterium ultimately becoming the flagship model.

Unfortunately, the collaboration was relatively short-lived, with a disillusioned Masi forced to return to Italy, albeit without the rights to the  marque that bore his name.

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Nevertheless, many Gran Criterium framesets still managed to make their way into production. And, to this day, remain one of the most coveted bikes by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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Here, Speed Bicycles presents this beautifully restored Gran Criterium with a level of exactitude that’s come to define the Swiss restoration shop’s reputation.

Glorious!

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MASI GRAN CRITERIUM – USA 1974

  • list number 516
  • frame number MC 488 on bb-shell
  • frame/fork Masi California, Carlsbad
  • crank/sprocket/chain Campagnolo Record 52/42/Regina Extra Oro 5-speed freewheel/Connex*
  • derailleur (rear/front) Campagnolo Nuovo Record/Campagnolo Record
  • wheels (hub/rim/tire) Campagnolo Record 36h LF/Mavic Monthlery Pro 700*/Continental Giro tubulars*
  • brakes/levers Campagnolo Record/Campagnolo Record
  • bar/stem Cinelli Mod. Giro d’Italia 38cm c-c/Cinelli 120mm c-c
  • saddle/post Cinelli Unicanitor unpadded/Campagnolo Record 27.2
  • paint/chrome/decals light blue/front fork crown/Masi Gran Criterium USA
  • plus full restoration, slotted Fischer crown, *non-original spare parts
  • geometry seat tube 60cm c-c (62cm c-t), top tube 58.5cm c-c, weight 10.20kg

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