Interbike 2015, Part V

Interbike 2015, Part V

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.

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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.

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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.

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Masi is also offering a grand touring model, the Evoluzione which goes for $6400 with Dura-Ace. 

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Pinarello showed off the F8 Dogma That Chris Froome won the Tour on, natch.

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The Gan RS is a more affordable variant of the F8 that with Ultegra comes in at $3999.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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17 comments

  1. Waldo

    The finish on Wilier is called cromovelato. Wilier used it often on steel frames in the 1970s-’80s, as did other manufacturers (Scapin, Razesa, et al.), to a lesser extent.

  2. John Kopp

    I have a Trek frame set made of Columbus tubing that I paid about $450 for. It has been a good bike for over 30 years! Love it! Adjusted for inflation, two grand for a similar steel frame is about right.

  3. Repack Rider

    After your enthusiastic review of my book, FAT TIRE FLYER, I was hoping you would stop by the Mountain Ike Hall of Fame booth. Hanging out there nine hours a day with my more famous friends brought the bicycle world to us.

    Gary Fisher and I had dinner with Dennis Christopher a few years ago, I have an autographed photo from the event.


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      Padraig

      I had no idea the Hall of Fame had a booth there. Never saw it. I would totally have stopped by. I’ll go you one better and visit you at the real Hall of Fame. Maybe you could guide me on a tour yourself?

  4. Faustocopious

    “Orangey Chrome” otherwise known as copper. The Cromovelato finished ones were meant to emulate the original clear coated copper plated ones. Copper, one of the first solutions to the problem of rust. Good history of the marque here http://www.wilier.com/story/en/ Click on 1947 “Rays of Sunshine”

    1. winky

      Thanks! If you go to the 1970 page on that site, the bike that is in the main photo (and the background image) is virtually identical to the one I have.

  5. david

    “The Gran Criterium was one of the most coveted handmade bikes back in the 1070s. These days, it has oversized tubing, chrome lugs and (still) a full Campy build. Hubba.”

    Seems about that long since I’ve seen a “real” Italian Masi on the road. I was definitely one of the mentioned coveters!

  6. Hautacam

    Who will be brazing the made-in-U.S. Masi frames? I seem to recall that they had a sort of bullpen of framebuilders on tap back in the day; any particular crew or individual this time around?

    Love the blue paint and chrome BB shot at the top of the story.


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      Padraig

      Hautacam: Ves Mandaric, a guy who’s been at it long enough that we reviewed bikes from him at Bicycle Guide. And if memory serves, he learned some of his chops working with guys who did time at Masi. Jim Cunningham’s company, CyclArt, will do the paint. And you may recall that Cunningham was at Masi.

  7. Hautacam

    Thanks for the additional info! I certainly have heard of Mandaric over the years. And CyclArt, well . . . that’s some mighty fine paint and finish work going on there. Those should be some beautiful classic frames.

    I recall an old interview (I think it was Bicycle Guide) with Tim Tesch in which he described brazing for Masi way back when as part of his framebuilding journey. And I recall others who torched for Masi as well.

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