Masi: The Temple of the Bicycle

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“The tailor,” “the atelier,” “the temple of the bicycle.” When people talk about Masi, these nicknames and phrases constantly pop up. In the world of bicycle builders, the name Masi—first Faliero, then his son Alberto—is spoken with respect.

The very location of the Masi office says a lot, for Masi’s workshop is located inside yet another temple of cycling, the Vigorelli velodrome in Milan, the “magical track” on which many pages of cycling history were written by the champions of bicycle racing. And many of those pages and victors bear the signature of Masi. For example, in 1956, Masi built in a few hours the bicycle that Jacques Anquetil used to set the hour record right there at Vigorelli.

Masi as featured in Italian Racing Bicycles by Guido Rubino

Faliero Masi and Tullio Campagnolo.

A telegram of congratulations sent to Faliero Masi by Tullio Campagnolo the day after the hour record set in Rome, October 30, 1967, by the Belgian cyclist Ferdinand Brack on a Masi (49.093 km).

Masi restored the dropouts on a frame that belonged to Fausto Coppi, whose ownership of the bike was verified by a serial number on the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masi, as featured in Italian Racing Bicycles by Guido Rubino

The Fuchs bicycle of Fiorenzo Magni, with its frame made by Faliero Masi and recently restored by Alberto Masi.

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