In this modern age of advanced materials, technologies and manufacturing techniques, steel bicycles continue to command mythical status within the global cycling community. Steel offers a unique ride quality that no other raw material can truly replicate, with the ability to create a magical and lasting connection between the rider and the bike. Steel has true character; a warmth and feel that translates every pedal stroke, firm or loose, into a memorable moment on a personal journey. Steel is unpretentious; a modest servant to the continuous challenge of speed and evolution on the steepest climb, the tightest bank or the fastest descent. A quality steel bicycle is a lifelong companion; unburdened by the toil of time, distance and environment, remaining as loyal, straight and true, as the day it was born.
The Masi Gran Criterium is undeniably their most iconic bicycle. First manufactured in Italy in 1970, the "Gran Crit" evolved from the custom geometries that Faliero Masi had supplied to some of the greatest champions of post war, European peloton. And when Faliero arrived in Carlsbad, California in the early 1970's, it was the Gran Criterium that staked Masi’s claim as a leader, and innovator, in the thriving US racing scene.
The 2016 Masi Gran Criterium frame Package is the first phase of a series of initiatives that we release to commemorate Masi's unique, 90 year role in steel bicycle design and construction.
We invite you to become the owner of 1 of 100 Limited Edition, USA Made, Gran Criterium frame, fork and kit packages, designed and hand built in Southern California.