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So I’ve finally got my Masi 3V all built up and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so excited about it! I’ve already ridden the bike a few times up at Encino Velodrome and but this past weekend I raced it around the planks at LA Velodrome. Super-stiff! Super-fast! Fits me so much better than my previous bike. I find that I’m working much less to keep a good speed up which is the whole point, right?
The Masi 3V design is pretty much the first frame to use oversized tubing and internal lugs. It was developed by Alberto Masi in the early 80’s and he still swears by this construction method to this day (but under a different name). I’m not saying this bike is completely flawless or anything (it’s kinda heavy) but it’s a great example of a timeless and innovative design.
Check out a few articles about the Volumetrica at Bob Hovey’s Masi site.
I wanted to do this frame justice by giving it a contemporary build but keeping a classic feel. I think I may have succeeded but I would love to hear your feedback so leave me a comment if you got something to say. Here’s the deetz:
FRAME: Masi 3Volumetrica Pista frame made for Montgomery/Subaru — circa 1990. Serial number is EB3 (EB = Eddie Borysewicz).
DRIVETRAIN: Campagnolo Record Pista bottom bracket, crankset and chainring. Izumi V Super Toughness chain. Dura Ace track cog. Dura Ace (old-style) track pedals.
WHEELS: Cane Creek Sprint 85’s with ceramic bearings. Vittoria Pista EVO-CL tires.
FLIGHT DECK: Cinelli XA stem with Cinelli 67 Pista bar. Cloth tape. Chris King GripNut headset.
THRONE: Selle Italia Flite saddle with Thomson Elite seatpost.
Huuuge thanks to Aram and Larry at Predator Cycling for the fitting and helping me set it up!
All photos taken by Pat Benson. Stay tuned for some more shots coming soon…