By Yokota FritzMasiGuy was excited about the appearance of a Masi Soulville on Monk this last week.
In "Mr. Monk On Wheels," art imitates real life when San Francisco police not only ignore the theft of a bicycle, the police officers mock Natalie Teager for reporting the theft by saying they'll have their "bike squad" right on the case by fanning out to look for the missing bike. Natalie feels bad because she unknowingly helped the thief, so she talks Mr. Monk into solving the crime.
By Yokota Fritz
Available in November, MSRP $1145. This bike from Masi is to drool for.
Read more about this and other new models from Masi over at Commute By Bike.
Tim "Masiguy" Jackson of Masi also recently posted some photos of a prototype Masi Mini Velo bicycle for the Japanese market. I'm a big fan of these and I'd love it if somebody could successfully distribute these for the USA bike market.
I'll post plenty more bike porn photos next month from Interbike 2008, which I'm attending on behalf of Commute By Bike.
By Yokota Fritz
The Masi Speciale Commuter is a new bike for 2008 and is intended for the commuter market.
The new Speciale Commuter is a sweet metallic root beer color. It has long dropouts (forward facing!) with a dérailleur hanger, but stock this bike comes equipped with a freewheeling singlespeed cog on a 130 mm flip flop hub. The randonneur bars have natural cork tape on them. This is a commuter bike, so of course it has rack and fender mounts. CroMo fork and frame, of course. Kenda flat resistant Kwick Trax commuter tires have reflective sidewalls.
This cruiser bike represents a shift to diversifying from Masi's road and track racing heritage. “Let’s face it, road—more specifically race bikes—had to slow down eventually,” Jackson said. “The market is expanding into more categories all the time, but the commuter/hybrid/utility bike category is one that particularly appeals to me.” Specs:
Internal 8spd rear hub with Revo shifter.
Simple arc bar with natural cork grips.
Ritchey adjustable stem.
Rack and fenders mount.
Custom Masi embossed leather saddle with springs.
Double butted chromoly steel with steel fork with lugged crown.
Alloy fenders with the Masi headbadge artwork laser etched on them(!)
Available in 14", 16", 18" and a 20".
This bike will retail for about $800 and will be available in black or cream.
Mr Monk... solves a bike theft!
We're sneaking in, we're sneaking in... okay, it's still in the category of "eccentric" but it's "eccentric that people sympathize with."
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Masi Speciale Randonneur
For the me, the colors and the Masi logo/typography alone are worth pulling out the checkbook.
Masi Speciale Commuter
This is slick. I want one. Is frameset only an option by chance?
I'm hoping to do a frameset option in small numbers later, but right now the production is going to the complete bikes.
And the red spot on the seatpost is a nifty integrated taillight. It's pretty darned cool.
The randonneur bars are simply awesome- they are so much fun to ride with. I even have them on my Mary SS 29er.
Commuter? Pretty, undoubtabley. But I wouldn't like to commute on it.
Swap the flipflop for a set of hub gears; add lights; some mudguards/fenders and maybe a chain guard. Then you can call it a commuter bike.
On that front, I'd like to add some deep V rims - just so that I can add some patches of 3M "school bus" yellow reflective tape.
This is what a Masi should look like.the paint and graffix, not necessarily the single speed.
I ride this bike everyday the only thing I did was add a rack and a basket in the back and switch to a 16t fixed cog instead of the freewheel. Enjoying it immensly.
Hmmm...commuter snobs, who would have thought.....that's a nice bike, ideal for my flat ride.
Cruiser bikes from Masi
Indeed, that's a good looking bike!
It's a sweet rig. I'm awfully proud of the work done by the group- Wayne Doran, Pat Crosby, Rick Ortiz- to make this idea a reality.
Wow, utility and city bikes hit the big time! Its about time - I hope we throw enough tech and engineering knowledge at this as we have with our racer bikes and mountain bikes... before long we'll be jetting around in flying cars! (I mean bikes!) Very cool to see manufacturers getting with it.
Fritz - I've got you linked in my blogroll - wouldn't miss checking in on the deliciousness.