Masi Speciale Commuter

Commuter bike for 2008.


Masi Speciale Commuter details.

  • _Russ_ 8y

    any clue on the retail price.
  • encouragement 8y

    Fender and rack mounts ... now you won't have to choose between carrying your lunch and having saturated strips along your back and legs! Nice ride!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 8y

    I'm told somewhere north of $700.

    Encouragement -- yep: mounts for both on the front and rear.

    The frame is *very* similar to Surly's Cross Check frame.
  • Curtis Jones 8y

    I like some of the features of this bike but would prefer a) more upright, mountainbike-like handlebars, more than one gear. Cyclocross bicycles are appealing to me for that purpose - if they had the upright handlebars. Wish someone would invent an handlebar that was a "hybrid" or had both characteristics of a road bike and a mountain bike (an idea to make yourself rich off of)!
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 8y

    Thanks for commenting, Curtis. I'd like gears also -- I think internal geared hub would work well on this bike. Much of my commute is on the train where things get banged around a bit so I'm averse to dérailleurs on a commuter bike.

    I can't ride with flat bars for any distance, so I'd stick with the rando bars on this bike.

    The Kenda's on this bike are 700x32 (I think) so plenty wide for any urban riding. It's very similar to the Raleigh One Way that I currently ride, though the Masi has some important advantages. I like it.
  • Gino 8y

    Certainly a hot ride at that price point.... giving the San Jo some competition. Hopefully the components are a bit better quality than that Bianchi.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 8y

    Yep -- commercial steel singlespeed non-track "commuter" road/cx frames are definitely a trend now: the San Jose, Surly's Cross Check, Redline 925, Raleigh One Way. Many custom shops also offer these kinds of frames as a "standard" product.

    At Masi's price point (estimated less than $800), I'm sure the hub is no name.
  • George Redgrave 8y

    It looks like a nice bike but it'd give too hunched a ride for me. I try to sit upright these days - but that's my problem.
    I agree with you about hub gears for commuting, they are fine for the sort of distance and terrain that most people would encounter.
  • Angelo Giangregorio 8y

    Beautiful !
  • clove 7y

    Looks great!
  • Lisa Spangler 7y

  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 7y

    lisa_spangler I noticed your blog post. This bike is absolutely lovely in real life.

    As for 'hunched over' one could always raise the handlebars.
  • Poppymann 7y

    I'm thinking of purchasing this, swapping out the rear wheel for my internally geared hub and some moustache bars. My current wheelset is 26inch so I will have to swap brakes too.
    Flat bars don't work on a decent commute.
    Any ideas on the stock crank length?
    A lot of these singles come with 175s.

    I would buy it over the Surly based on the paint alone.
    I like the forward drops.
    Fenders + Rack + rear facing drops+ internal hub = Poppy is really late for work.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 7y

    I asked Masi Guy about this. His response: "Crank length depends on the size of the bike: 49 = 170 MM; 51 = 170MM; 53 = 170 MM; 56 = 170 MM; 58 = 175MM; 60 = 175MM." He expressed some skepticism about using 26" wheels but thought your plans are interesting.
  • Simon Baddeley 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Commuting WITHOUT a car, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Kaptain Amerika 6y

    Geometry is more akin to the Surly LHT.
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