Masi Speciale CX
I’ve been lusting after a Masi Speciale CX for some time. Admittedly, I want almost every bike I see. But now Masi’s gone and teased me further by running an ad for it on the back cover of Urban Velo #11. Maybe one of these days I’ll get to review one, but until then, here’s what I find so appealing about the Speciale CX:
It’s got the look. Steel tubes painted rootbeer brown—classic, like a 76′ Cordoba. The retro graphics are cool and timeless. The cork bar-tape and brown leather saddle look practical and classy, not elegant and geriatric.
The price is right. At $1,150 it’s a little more expensive than some, and a little less expensive than others. This puts it within the price range of most of my friends, even though most of them aren’t buying new bikes more than once every two years or so. I even know a high-school student who’s seriously looking at this. The bottom line is, you get what you pay for and this bike strikes a good balance between “want” and “need.”
Parts is parts. And pieces is pieces. One of the big differences between the Speciale CX and less expensive cross bikes are it’s STI shifters. Masi went with Shimano Tiagra, which work extremely well out of the box. Eventually they wear out but if maintained properly you’ll probably get three or more good years out of them. Shimano’s 105 rear derailleur is a workhorse that should last as long as the frame. And the frame is the best part—TIG welded, double-butted chromoly with rack and fender mounts. The matching steel fork has a lugged crown and cantilever bosses. The Ritchey and Truvativ parts are nothing to sneeze at while they’re new… By the time you’ve beaten up the wheels and cranks, you’ll have found some sweet Campy or Dura Ace replacements at the bike swap.
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