Masi’s planning a bit of a renaissance with four new models, two steel and two carbon, each with a bit different intended use.
Above is the Giromondo (Italian for globe trotter) is first touring bike from Masi. It gets a tall headtube, long sloping top tube and shorter seat tube. The top- and down tubes are double butted, seat tube is triple butted 4130 chromoly. Those tubes will be painted an Avocado Green color, not this bright yellow.
Get ready to roll out…
It has spoke holders on the chainstay, plenty of rack and fender mounts, and three water bottle mounts. Spec is a full Shimano Deore group with Microshift bar end shifters. It’s able to run 27.5″ wheels and tires if you want to make it a monster cross, but it’ll squeeze in 29×1.9 tires, too. $1,300 complete, available this fall.
The Speciale Rando bike has a classic low-trail front end that’s made for loaded touring with packs on the fork without messing up the handling. Tubes are 4130 with a double butted top- and downtube and triple butted seat tube.
It’ll come with 32c Clement LGG tires and a Shimano Tiagra 4700 group. Pricing TBD.
The Masi Evoluzione has been their top level racing frame for years. While it’s notched plenty of good results for them, it’s also become a bit long in the tooth. The 2016 Evoluzione rethinks the entire frame to get lighter, more comfortable and deliver better power transfer.
To do that, they minimized top tube, seat tube and seat stays quite a bit to improve the ride quality…
…but chainstays were bumped a whopping 60%. The size and shaping on them and the downtube boost stiffness on the bottom half of the bike.
They switched from PFBB30 to a PF86 to reduce creaking issues, and they’ll come standard with an Enduro angular contact bearing bottom bracket.
Went to direct mount brakes to improve tire clearance up top and on the fork, too, and they’re stiffer. That opened up clearance for 28mm tires, keeping them about one standard size larger than what the tour pro guys are racing.
Frame ports allow full internal routing and convertible between mech and elec, or just close them off for wireless.
Two levels of frame will be offered. Level 1 is a claimed 920g (56) with hanger. The level 2 frame adds TeXtreme and drops to 810g. The fork will also get two versions, the level 2 with TeXtreme, also. Both use an alloy front derailleur hanger to maintain the stiffness needed for electronic drivetrains.
Out late summer or early fall. All will have Ritchey cockpits and DT Swiss wheels, spec will range from 105 up to Dura-Ace, with Ultegra mech and Di2 models in between. The top two get the TeXtreme frames.
The Masi Vivo is a new disc brake endurance/ fondo bike coming in the fall.
It’ll have the flat mount brakes and thru axles front and rear, 12mm at both ends.
Same BB86 as the Evoluzione…
…and the same internal routing for anything and everything. A cover will close off access to the ports under the BB, which provides much easier access to everything and plenty of room to maneuver cables and wires.
Frame is about 1010g, and builds will run from Sora to Tiagra to the new 105 with hydraulic brakes. Tire clearance will fit up to 32, but they’re spec’ing a 28 Clement Strada LGG on Stan’s NoTubes rims.