Masi Volumetria 3VC Road Bike

4/5 (11 Reviews)

Product Description

Full Carbon road bike.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pete a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2011

Strengths:    Very smooth ride, quick enough, stable at speed and descending. Very good all-rounder.

Weaknesses:    Wide chainstays, geometry runs small. Not best crit bike (trades off stiffness for comfort).

Bottom Line:   
I picked up the Warp 9 Ascent frame with a Wolf (True Temper) fork. I'm told it's the Masi 3VC repainted - they sure look identical. At 6'4" the 61cm was a little smaller than I expected and I had to get a 400cm seatpost. I built it with full carbon fork from my old Cannondale Synapse, and a full carbon handlebar and stem from China. It's a high modulus frame making for a light bike (don't have a scale to weigh it). I came from a 2004 Giant TCR which is very stiff and twitchy but climbs like a rocket. The TCR hops when I put the hammer down and I read that this rear triangle design eliminates that, which it does. I have no complaints about acceleration or climbing, and I'd say "smooth" is the primary characteristic. The TCR shredded my sphincter on chipseal centuries but this bike even inherited the 'painful' stock seat I replaced on the old TCR and it's just fine on this frame. I'd agree with the video review I saw that says it may not be exceptional at any one thing, but the more I ride this bike the more I love it. It has the stability of the longer-wheelbase Cannondale Synapse but slightly more nimble (but not as quick as a crit bike), really smooth ride, stiff enough BB, and a stable descender. The only complaint I have is my size 12 right foot tends to hit the wide chainstay from time to time, so I've narrowed the float setting on my Zero cleat to compensate.

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere in Oregon

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   2004 Giant TCR Composite 0 (crit rocket)
2006 Cannondale Synapse (alloy)
2008 Cannondale Synapse (carbon)

Bike Setup:   Shimano 5700 (105) shifters. Ultegra (6600) 53/39 cranks, FD, and RD. SRAM 1070 (Rival) 12-25 cassette on Bontrager rear wheel, Rolf Prima Vigor up front, Mavic Ksyrium SLs on occasion.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2011

Strengths:    Handles well, climbs well, no creaks or rattles. Feels very balanced due to tje full carbon front fork. The Hutchison tyres seem to such to the road!

Weaknesses:    Looks like it could scratch very easily. Don't really want to stick and components like a computer on it, because it looks too nice without!

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 'Team Issue' model as it was listed very cheaply on an online auction - basically took a punt. I then added the components in a similar ad hoc fashion till I had a decent bike.

What's it like to ride? Compared to my old KHS Flite 2000 (alloy and carbon) the biggest difference is weight - on the flat I can accelerate with wase and on climbs I literally fly up gradients that I used to struggle on. I am putting this down to the weight difference, but it could be better fit and geometry.

The paint job is excellent and it is a real head turner (especially with the components I picked) - I am a very happy nearly 50 year old!!

Frame was $500, cost about $2000 all up.

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere where I live

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Second hand

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Allez, KHS Flite 2000

Bike Setup:   Masi 3VC team issue frame, full 2011 Shimano 105 in black, Look Keo's, Turner Ti seat post (in black) with white Specialized Toupe carbon and Ti saddle, BBB Inca carbon bars and Easton stem, Specialized white vinyl (classic look) bar tape, Campagnolo Shamal wheelset with Hutchison tyres (red and black to match the frame) - this bike is pure bike porn

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KennethStreet a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2010

Strengths:    Price, Paint, Smooth Ride, Great value, Ultegra rear derailleur, Its a Masi

Weaknesses:    Wheels are lame, medium weight components, Alloy steerer fork weighs a ton.

Bottom Line:   
When I bought the bike I liked it. Its a comfortable geometry, good for hours on the road. Real stabil, its solid in the turns. Got a great price due to a couple scratches, you would never know they were there. Even the full MSRP is a good deal. In the 18 months I've owned it I've upgraded wheels&fork stem&bar seat&post cranks&bb brakes chain&cable/housings. This bike is sweet. Mine is just over 17 lbs and not superlight parts. Not a real light frame to start with but i love it. Get one, if you can

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Favorite Ride:   2008 Masi Volumetrica 3VC 105

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Sun & Ski Sports

Similar Products Used:   Scott CR1 Team, Specalized allez

Bike Setup:   Easton EA90Sl wheels Nokon cable housings full carbon masi fork Dura ace brakes ritchey carbon stem and bars FSA carbon team cranks & Team Ti bb

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by santonelli a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2009

Strengths:    Light fast and looks fantastic.

Weaknesses:    Not quite as lively as the Bianchi

Bottom Line:   
Value for money is pretty much as good as it gets with this bike (I have the 2008 3VC Dura-Ace), rides to within 99% of some of the other bikes out there that cost thousands more. Goodwork guys

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Favorite Ride:   Snowy Mtns (NSW)

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   TBSM

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi FG Lite

Bike Setup:   Full Dura-Ace (Group Set & Wheels)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cameroncope a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2009

Strengths:    Light, looks great, value, climbing, descending, does it all.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome. Mine is the 2008 model and I have used it for road racing and for triathlon. It does great. I couldn't find a better bike for the money. Full Ultegra with a Dura Ace rear. This bike is very smooth but still has an aggressive feel.

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Favorite Ride:   Anything

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Stock with profile design T2+ aero bars

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