Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

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Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby DrJay » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:59 pm

Have been ogling the Masi Commuter.

http://www.masibikes.com/fixed/speciale-commuter/

Light Touring/Randonneur frame, single speed with flip-flop (but no fixed cog, would have to add one). Could easily convert back to gears later if needed, or even have an alternate hub with an Alfine 11 speed for a variant tourer.

I have an almost perfectly flat commute, but looking for something a bit more fun on the road than the MTB, and perhaps a bit more heel clearance for panniers.

What does anyone think about one of them?
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Re: Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby casual_cyclist » Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:11 pm

I have the Speciale Randonneur which I have been commuting on and love it. It is very well build, feels solid and is a very nice ride. I had a lot of plans to customise but it's so good I have not bothered. I have just put on lights and a bike computer. That's it.
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Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby DrJay » Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:26 pm

Yes. That's fueling the n+1 issue. I'm in Sydney though, so would have to buy it unseen, hence the question. How do you find the short top tube? That's the thing I would be concerned about in terms of fit. Otherwise I think 56 cm is OK for me (178cm, but with short legs, long body and arms.)
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Re: Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby casual_cyclist » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:07 pm

DrJay wrote:Yes. That's fueling the n+1 issue. I'm in Sydney though, so would have to buy it unseen, hence the question. How do you find the short top tube? That's the thing I would be concerned about in terms of fit. Otherwise I think 56 cm is OK for me (178cm, but with short legs, long body and arms.)

I would have to double check but I think my top tube is longer than my old bike. I ride a 58cm frame and the geometry seems perfect for me. Is the CX the same frame geometry as the Commuter? You should be able to test ride a CX in Sydney to see if the frame geometry suits.

I was lucky I guess. I bought mine sight unseen from Sydney over the net and it was perfect out of the box.
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Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby DrJay » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:56 am

The commuter is the randonneur frame, just configured as a single speed. Still has the cable routing for the derailleur and the hanger.

How tall are you on the 58cm there?
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Re: Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby casual_cyclist » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:11 am

DrJay wrote:The commuter is the randonneur frame, just configured as a single speed. Still has the cable routing for the derailleur and the hanger.

How tall are you on the 58cm there?

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Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby DrJay » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:12 am

I suspect the 56cm is about right for me. My mate's roadie is about right, and it's 56cm. I'm short of leg and long of body, so usually end up being told to go up a size and drop the seat a bit.
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Re: Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby bunchridefinder » Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:10 pm

I have the Fixed Drop, and its a fantastic bike - had it for about 1.5yrs now, and I still love it - ride it nearly every day to work and back. Worth every cent.
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Re: Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby rkelsen » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:29 pm

Looks like it's exactly what the doctor ordered... 8)

Do it. Then post pics.
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Re: Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby DrJay » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:47 pm

Hmmm, need to get this one in front of the senate...
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Re: Masi Commuter, any thoughts?

Postby rkelsen » Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:14 pm

Bah. Legislate Jeff Kennett style. Push it through and then shred all related documents when the showtime hits the fan.
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