Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2012 7:55 PM
Subject: 1972 Masi Gran Criterium - Italian 56 cm | eBay
1972 MASI Gran Criterium
Italian build.Original finish. Superbly worked French Nervex professional lugs with detail painted window cut outs and filed thin to the point. Extensive original component drilling. FeaturingSwiss Georg Fischer sand cast fork crown and signature "M" cut out bottom bracket. Patented Masi oval chainstays and Campagnolo dropouts. Masi sizing as stamped on bottom bracket - M56B. It measures56 cm centre to top of seat tube lug; 55.5 cm along top tube from center to center. Fork steerer is stamped 2-72, as seen when pulled during greasing, indicating buildduring final year of exclusively Italian production under Faliero Masi before expanding operations to California.
Original Campagnolo componentry in excellent condition including Record bottom bracket, Record headset, beautiful high flange Record hubs with original flat lever quick release, Nuovo Record derailleurs, Record pedals,Record seat post with special factory milled fluting and accent paint, Record shifters drilled and accent paintedand drilled Record crank. Record hubs, bottom bracket, headset and pedal bearings all in fabulous condition and rolling smoothly. Original, top of the line drive train consumables including Regina SC chain, Record chain rings and drilled Regina GS Corse 14-22 freewheel have worn well together and are working fine when last tuned up and ridden about four years ago before displaying on the wall. Original Campagnolo chromed, wing logo cable guides on top tube in very nice condition. Strong Recordbrake caliperswithflat lever tire release mated to Record brake leversare snappy and responsive.Included are new, and very hard to find,
hand-made replica Campagnolo "old globe" logo hoods. One missing Campagnolo brake pad and housing replaced with non original. Beautiful 3ttt record stem and 3ttt 38 cm drops, with a few clamp scratches on drive side, wrapped in correct Velox fabric tape with vintage Campy end caps. Nice Nisi HR22 high performance rims in good condition with aging Continental Super Sport Ultra 23c tires, (note cracked tread in rear tire - replacement Continental Grand Prix 3000 will be included with sale). Bike fitted with a gorgeous vintage Brooks Professional saddle.
Finally, the quality of the original finish is very refined with lovely pearl shimmer and generous gloss for a forty year old racing bike, and in the light shows the fine micro crackling akin to enamel on porcelain. Chrome on fork crown in very good condition with slight peppering on top surface. Original decals in excellent condition. Wonderful, subtle patina developed at original hardware mounting points such as shifters and front derailleur, along with numerous small wear and tear blemishes and scars in the finish to tell the story of the bike's history. The photos, which show that the bike has been used as it should, have been composed to show these details as clearly as possible. Note two small spots of surface corrosion at top tube cable clip mounting points, and two on down tube where water bottle cage had been attached. When last tuned up, these spots were shown to a professional frame builder who's opinion was that they were insignificant to the
soundness of any frame of quality chromoly construction. All the same it would be advisable that the purchaser take note so that they may choose to plan for proper treatment of these issues as part of its long term ownership and care.
Truly an elegant expression of high Italian design, performance, and craftsmanship, the Masi is solid and straight and has a comfortable supple ride, ideal for longer excursions in style. With its special component milling, trademark bottom bracket cut out and great looking Fischer crown and paint color choice, this is a great looking and particularly fine example of the Italian Masi's. The ideal gentleman's bicycle.
This is a special bike, one that I actually had to qualify to purchase by answering numerous questions from its owner about its origin and significance in the seventies world pro racing scene, to show that I understood and appreciated "what this bike is", in his words. It has been loved and respected. And I think you will find it compares favorably with similar examples found displayed on the net with impressive, expensive restorations yet with more generic features and none of the delicate information and character of the bike's history. I have attempted, to the best of my ability, to give an accurate impression of the bike's beauty and condition in this description. I welcome any special photo requests or further inquiries. Thanks for your interest. Cheers!
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