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Dream Build: Masi Incanto Ti Allroad/Gravel

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Well, here we are, the Masi Bicycles Incanto Ti dream build is finished and ready to ride. Not sure if you remember, but back in late September, I had an idea to start a dream-build project. As a Brand Ambassador for Masi Bicycles, I reached out and requested the new Incanto Ti frameset to use as the platform for this build.

The Incanto Ti is Masi’s titanium gravel/allroad offering. The bike comes complete with a full Campy Ekar groupset, or as a frameset with a carbon Brunello gravel fork, headset, seat collar, and titanium seat post. The frameset proved to be the perfect canvas to “paint” my masterpiece of a “dream build”. And lucky you, you get to read about it here on Bikerumor.

Masi Incanto Dream Build at lakebed
Masi Incanto Ti

The idea for the dream build was to use some componentry that might not be considered by most when doing a build like this…like, say mechanical brakes and a mullet drive train. And then ride it and review the parts in this application.

For the last couple o’ months, I reached out to brands to participate in the build and accumulated some awesome parts from some great brands. I think it turned out amazing!

The build has been done for a few days, and I’ve already squeaked out roughly 55+ miles on it so far… it rides great!

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build full back side
Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build.
Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build full front side
Masi Incanto Ti

The Plan

I had a plan. And some criteria I wanted to meet. I wanted to:

  1. Try to keep the complete bike (with pedals) under 20 lbs.
  2. Be able to use my favorite mechanical disc brakes.
  3. Build using zero carbon fiber parts (other than the fork).
  4. Use 700c wheels.
  5. Be comfortable for long days in the saddle.
  6. Build a gravel bike with a mullet drive train (drop bar shifters = business up front, and mountain bike gearing = party in the rear).
  7. Run (at least) a front dynamo light.

Well, I nailed number one! I weighed it… with pedals, the empty top tube bag, and the computer mount and it weighed in at 19.2 pounds. I was really pleased with that, considering it’s a 58cm frame, but I then realized that I left the tool roll on the bike when I weighed it, so now I’m really stoked!

The tool roll had a CO2 cartridge, the Spurcycle Ti tool kit, A DynaPlug, and Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers. I haven’t weighed the bike again, but I am sure without the tool roll mounted, it’ll drop slightly below the 19 pounds mark, I couldn’t ask for more as the finished weight exceeds any/all of my expectations.

Let’s go over the parts list.

The Parts

I decided that I am just going to be touching on the parts used for the build here, showing you how they look on the finished product. I will be doing a deep dive into all of these components as I ride and review them all.

OK, let’s get started!

The Cockpit

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build cockpit front
Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build cockpit in action
  • In this case, the cockpit consists of the stem, bars and tape, and headset.
    • Stem: Paul Components, polished Boxcar Stem in 90mm x 15-degree rise
    • Bars: Curve Cycling, Walmer Bar, 500mm in width
    • Bar tape: Curve Cycling Walmer Bar Tape in black XL size (comes with the bars)
    • Headset: Masi Bicycles house branded Token sealed bearing (comes with Incanto frameset)

The Fork

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build Rodeo Labs Spork 3.0
Rodeo Labs Spork 3.0

The Masi Incanto Frameset comes with the Masi Brunello gravel fork, and there were zero issues with that fork. But I opted to run the new Rodeo Labs Spork 3.0 in its stead. The reasons for the swap? That, I will dive into during the review of the new Spork 3.0.

The Shift/brake levers

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build Sensah brifters
The Sensah SRX Pro 1×11 shift/brake levers.

Velo Orange sent over the Sensah SRX Pro 1×11 shift/brake levers. They meet the required criteria that I set… they work with mechanical disc brakes and pull cable for 11-speed Shimano mountain bike rear derailleurs. In the words of the late, great Stan Lee, ‘Nuff said.

The Wheelset

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build Sugar Wheelworks custom wheels
Custom Wheelset built by Sugar Wheel Works.
Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build BluntSS
USA-made, Velocity Blunt SS Rims, polished, 26.6mm internal width.

The wheels for this build were custom-built by Sugar Wheel Works out of Portland, Oregon.

The build spec:

The Crankset

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build V Gravel Cranks w: Wolf Tooth chainring
5DEV Prototype gravel crank and spindle.

Located in San Diego, 5DEV was only an hour or so away from where I am located. So, after talking to Will Talbott we decided it would be cool to drive down and watch these prototype Gravel Cranks get cut on the CNC machine for me while I waited. These cranks use the SRAM 8-bolt mounting and weigh in at 20-30 grams lighter than their Trail/Enduro cranks.


Shimano XTR PD9000 pedals.

I chose the Shimano XTR pedals because, in my opinion, they are the best pedals out there. I still use the Shimano PD747 on my mountain bike and they are 20 years old with zero sign of quitting. The new XTR pedals have good mud clearance, are lightweight and look to be just as bombproof as they’ve always been.

To me, there was only one pedal choice for this build.

The Bottom Bracket

Masi Incanto Dream Build BBInfinate Bottom Bracket
BBInfinate BB86-Press Fit-RD
Masi Incanto Dream Build BBInfinate Master Tool Set
BBInfinite Master Tool Set.
Masi Incanto Dream Build BBInfinate Bottom Bracket installedjpeg

The BBInfinite BB86-PF-RD bottom bracket is a one-piece aluminum-bodied bottom bracket. I had never installed a press fit BB86 bottom bracket before. Press fitting the aluminum into a titanium shell was a bit daunting, but they sent along their Master Tool Set. That, with great instructions, made it pretty easy. And the cranks spin like buttah!

The Chainring

Masi Incanto Dream Build Wolf Tooth 38t chainring
The Wolf Tooth round 38t Drop-Stop chainring.

The Wolf Tooth 38t chainring (pictured above) is the round version. I just swapped it for the same size but with their Power Trac Elliptical 10% ovalized chainring, pictured in the first and last photo in this article.

The Rear Cassette

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build XT cassette
Shimano XT 11-46t cassette.

In keeping in line with goal number 6 of this build,  I chose to run full mountain bike gearing for this build, and in my experience (I’ve been running these on my mountain bikes for a few years), there is no beating the good ol’ Shimano 11-46 XT M8000 cassette.

I will say, that for some reason, I am not liking the 9-tooth jump from the 37t to the 46t. It’s a non-issue on my mountain bike. But, it might be too much for this bike. I might switch to an equivalent cassette that has a more even step to the bailout gear. I might even just run the 11-42 XT M8000 cassette, and call it a day.

The Rear Derailleur

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build XTR rear der
11-speed Shimano XTR rear derailleur.

Still staying with goal number 6, I chose the iconic Shimano XTR M9000, medium cage, rear derailleur. The Sensah SRX Pro shifters move it up and down the cassette without issue. I won’t be racing the bike, but keeping in line with goal number 1, I was pinching grams, and at 222 grams, the XTR fits the bill and was notably feathery in my hand.

The Brake rotors

Masi Incanto Dream Build Hope Technology Rotor
Hope Technology floating rotor, blue, 160 mm (front and rear).
Masi Incanto Dream Build Hope Technoloy rear rotor
Hope Technology floating rear rotor, mounted.

Adding an additional splash of blue highlights down at the hub area, I chose to use the Hope Technology Road 6-Bolt floating rotors. 160mm on both front and rear. I was a little worried as I had heard clearance on the Klampers might be an issue with the rivets contacting the brake’s body. But, Travis at Paul said that may’ve been an issue with super early iterations of the Paul Klampers, but they have remedied that a while back.

They look great!

The Dynamo Light

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build sinewave Beacon 2
The Sinewave Cycles Beacon 2 front dynamo light.

To align with goal number 7, I chose the Sinewave Cycles Beacon 2 for the dynamo light. The Beacon 2 has quite a few refinements from the very popular prior-generation Beacon. I will be touching on that in my review of this little powerhouse of light.

The Tool Roll

Masi Incanto Dream Build Roadrunner Bags Tool Saddle Roll

The Tool Saddle Roll was provided by Road Runner Bags out of Los Angeles. I will be covering what’s going into this tool roll in the review. I’m working out some titles for the review:

  1. “What’s in my Roll?”
  2. “Let’s put this Tool in my Roll!”
  3. “Rollio, Pollio”
  4. “This is How I Roll”
  5. “Roll, Roll, Roll your Roll”

The Computer Mount

Masi Incanto Dream Build K-Edge Wahoo Aero ROAM computer Mount
The K-Edge Wahoo Aero ROAM Mount

K-Edge products are CNC’d, American-made (by them), well-designed products that add a little bling to your steed where you didn’t know you needed it. So, naturally, they were the company I chose to hold my Wahoo Elemnt ROAM on this dream build. So simple, strong, classy, and elegant. I love good bike parts!

The K-Edge Wahoo Aero ROAM Mount is the perfect piece of kit that puts the Incanto’s cockpit at the next level.

The Bell

Masi Incanto Dream Build Spurcycle Original Bell
Spurcycle Original Bell in Raw.
Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build Spurcycle and Wahoo ROAM

What can I say about The Spurcycle Original Bell? It’s pretty much a simple, superbly engineered, beautiful, and functional piece of art for your bicycle. It is an essential part of your cockpit, especially if you ride multi-user trails. It’s better than yelling “LEFT” at everyone. It’s not obnoxious, but instead, pleasant to the ears and loud enough to penetrate most headphones. I don’t ride my bike without one, I have one on every single one of my bikes.

It’s made in the USA and has a guarantee for life.

The Handle Bar Bag

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build Roadrunner bags Burrito Supreme
Road Runner Bags Burrito Supreme Handlebar Bag.

The handlebar bag is the Burrito Supreme Handlebar Bag by Road Runner Bags. I have yet to use it, but it sure looks nice on the bike, plus it is matchy-matchy with the Tool Saddle Roll.

The Tires

I will be reviewing and comparing two sets of tires on this bike. The Ultradynamico Rosé Race in the 700×42?? will be the first one up and mounted. So far it rides pretty well. The second is the Rene Herse Hurricane Ridge Endurance casing in 700×42. I will be swapping these in after putting a few hundy on the Ultras.

The Bottle Cages

Masi Incanto Dream Build King Cage Ti cages
King Cage Titanium water bottle cages.

When it came time to pick what cages I wanted to use, I chose the King Cage Titanium Cages. I requested three cages, as I will be using two mounted in the front triangle and one mounted under the down tube. These are hand-bent and welded in Durango, Colorado by Ron Anderson in his basement shop, with USA-sourced titanium tubing. They weigh in at a scant 25 grams each.

The Saddle

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build Brooks B17 Special Titanium
Brooks B17 Special Titanium, black, with titanium rails and frame.

The Brooks B17 has been in production since 1866. It’s the only saddle I use… on all of my bikes. The B17 Special has the same leather construction as the regular B17, but comes with hand-hammered copper rivets, a distinctive side stamp, and hand-skived lower flaps. I chose the B17 Special Titanium version which has all of the other features as the B17 Special but comes with titanium rails and frame assembly… perfect for a dream build.

The Detail Bits and Finishing Touches

Masi Incanto Ti Dream Build Wolf tooth deat collar and ti hardware
Wolf Tooth Seat Clamp in blue anodized with their titanium bolt upgrade in gold.

Both Wolf Tooth and Velo Orange, along with their bigger contributions, sent me some great little parts to handle the details and finishing touches of the build. Wolf Tooth sent over their Titanium Bottle Cage Bolts in the oil slick color, Seatpost Clamp in blue, with the upgraded gold Titanium Bolt Upgrade. They also sent their Alloy Bar End Plugs in blue anodized.

Masi Incanto Dream Build Velo Orange Cable Cherries by Forager Cycles
Velo Orange supplied the Cable Cherries by Forager Cycles

And for the finishing touch, Velo Orange sent me some of the Cable Cherries by Forrager Cycles, some really cool Brass Housing End Caps for both brake housing, and shift housing.

Masi Incanto Dream Build Blackstar Canyon
The Dream Incanto, on the way up Blackstar Canyon.

Well, I am stoked that the build is finished, and I’ve achieved all of my goals on this build. Thank you to Masi Bicycles and all of the brands that participated in this build.

Remember it’s OK to ride what you want, how you want. That’s it.

I’ve already started putting some miles on the bike and I am looking forward to getting back here and writing my reviews. Stay tuned!

Disclaimer: Ron is a Brand Ambassador for Masi Bicycles, which provided the frameset for Ron’s Dream Build Project. 


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1 year ago

That is a lovely build, but you have to wonder what kind of lunatic specs a metal frame with a press-fit BB? There is arguably some justification in a carbon frame, but unforgiveable in metal.

Zero G-man
Zero G-man
1 year ago
Reply to  luddite

Bearings are pressed into the wheel hubs. No comments. Bearings are pressed into the head tube. No comments. Bearings are pressed into the front and rear wheel hubs of the car you drive. Perhaps one should be critical of poorly manufactured bikes, not a bb system that’s perfectly appropriate for the modern age. The only threaded system that would make sense here would be a T47i (internal) due to it’s full 86.5mm width, which allows manufactures to space the chain stays out appropriately for wider tires, allowing for a more compact geometry. As far as press fitting into metal goes; it’s a great choice. It’s easy to maintain tight tolerances with a CNC machine, which is how these parts are made and then welded in. When one buys a bike from a competent manufacturer there are no problems. Poorly manufactured bikes are the issue, not common industrial technologies.

Bike Rider
Bike Rider
1 year ago
Reply to  Zero G-man

I can assure you those tight BB tolerances are achieved AFTER the BB is welded to its respective tubes. It’s the only way to assure that the tolerances are maintained after the inevitable warping from the heat of the welding process.

1 year ago
Reply to  Zero G-man

It might make some sense from a purely engineering POV if the bearings were pressed into the metal frame, but they’re not, they’re pressed into a metal sleeve, which is then pressed into the frame. 2 tight tolerance fits, and how one affects the other no-one knows.
However, the main issue is maintenance. BB bearing are replaced much more frequently than either wheel or headset. A threaded BB is easy to replace at home with cheap tools, and though not foolproof, much harder to screw up than a press-fit.

1 year ago

Agree with luddite-press fit BB on a metal frame make little sense. Everything looked good until then.

thomas angrand
thomas angrand
1 year ago

Hello ! The srx pro shifters 11 usually has the same ratio than SRAM road 11 pieces…wich is very different from Shimano 11 mtb ratio. How is it possible that you made it work together ? I tried with a deore 11s dérailleur ans it doesnt match at all. And finally got a nice indexation with a SRAM Apex 11 derailleur…
Aren’t you using the 12s srx pro shifters ?

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