Monday, August 9, 2010
This interesting Masi showed up on ebay this past week. The seller, in Zürich, Switzerland, described it as, "New Masi Gran Criterium frame, built by Masi's steel frame builder Giovanni Pelizzoli aka Ciocc (the real Ciocc - check out http://vimeo.com/5519990), who proposed me with this frame to distribute Alberto Masi frames in Europe. Although I ordered an original Gran Criterium, Giovanni invented it like this, it is a one of, a prototype for a "new" Gran Criterium.
The frame is built in Columbus Spirit tubing. Fully chromed. The steerer tube is too long: has to be cut and threaded or used with an ahead stem."
- Fully lugged and chromed
- BB Italian
- Top tube 56, seat tube 56 c-c
Note: Faliero Masi sold the rights to produce bikes under the Masi name in the US in the 1970s. The frames built by his son, Alberto Masi, are sold under the name "Milano". Alberto Masi built frames, in Milano, are available from importer Milano Sport located in Greenwich, CT.
The frame is sure to be a rare, one-off.
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