Quite a departure from their current line up, Masi is looking to celebrate their legacy. As the brand nears their 90th anniversary, instead of wildly colored carbon creations Masi is going back to their roots of hand crafted steel. While the brand can be traced back to the 20’s with Faliero Masi turning out impressive frames from Florence, eventually manufacturing rights were sold to the U.S. in the 70’s.
The very first bike to roll off the line with a U.S. made frame was the Gran Criterium. In the first of a number of projects to celebrate their history in California and Italy, Masi is kicking things off with the Legacy project which honors that Californian era. What better way to pay homage to that first U.S. made bike than with another U.S. made bike? Two new bikes that will be hand built in California. That’s what. Details are still fairly limited, but you can find basic spec, pricing, and availability after the break…
Split into road and cross, the Legacy project will include the USA Gran Criterium and the Cross Campaigner CX framesets. Both will be made in California from Italian made Columbus custom tubing with modern geometry by Mandaric Cycles. The Gran Criterium will be available in two color schemes painted by Jim Allen who was one of the original Masi painters in the 70’s and 80’s.
Each model will be limited to just 100 framesets which include an ENVE carbon fork, Chris King headset, and a matching Castelli made Masi kit. While the Road bike sticks with rim brakes and quick release axles, the Cross Campaigner will run thru axles front and rear with disc brakes. Once available for pre-order, the framesets will sell for $2,299.99 each for the frame, fork, headset, and kit. Additionally, those interested in the Gran Criterium will also be able to pre-order a color matched Silca Frame pump to go with your new bike. Follow the link below to stay up to date on the pre-order process.