You may have heard that three members of the cast of “Breaking Away” made an appearance at Interbike this year. Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Jackie Earle Haley dropped by the show and attended the Interbike Awards show. Stops the cast members made included Campagnolo and Masi.
I have no photos of them as I never had the good fortune to bump into the actors while on their rounds.
Which brings us to what I really wanted to talk about, Masi. The brand is bringing back steel frames made in the U.S.
The Gran Criterium was one of the most coveted handmade bikes back in the 1970s. These days, it has oversized tubing, chrome lugs and (still) a full Campy build. Hubba.
The limited production, American-made frames include the road and ‘cross models. On the road side, it’s the USA Gran Criterium and on the ‘cross side it’s the ‘Cross Campaigner. The bikes will come with frame, fork, jersey, bibs and socks (from Castelli) and go for $2299. They are available consumer direct at the Masi Legacy site.
Pinarello showed off the F8 Dogma That Chris Froome won the Tour on, natch.
The Gan RS is a more affordable variant of the F8 that with Ultegra comes in at $3999.
Magura has been named the new distributor for Lightweight, the maker of the über wheel of über wheels. For what is likely to be the first time ever, anyone who wants Lightweight product, from the wheels to the Urgestalt frame (pricing was not yet finalized), should be able to order them through their local brick and mortar. Wonders never cease.
Wilier is among the more interesting Italian manufacturers of carbon fiber frames, but what caught our eye at this year’s show was yet another return to steel. The Superleggera goes for $3000 and comes in several finishes, but this orange-y chrome is to die for. There were paramedics on site.
Yes, they used the old lugs, even thinning the points. And how’d they use lugs that are 30 years old? Easy, they built the bike out of Columbus SL.