Masi Speciale Randonneur – wider tires, steel frame, great looks

Special edition vintage style touring bike features modern road Plus tires

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Masi is committing to the road Plus movement with their new Speciale Randonnneur, new for 2017.

Masi is committing to the road Plus movement with their new Speciale Randonnneur, new for 2017.

One of the most interesting new road bikes that we saw at the Sea Otter Classic was this stunning Masi touring bike. The Speciale Randonneur is an existing model that has been reworked for the 2017 model year. The main change is that this Masi is now equipped with 650B road Plus tires, the WTB Horizon which measures 47mm in width.

The purpose or running such wide tires? To expand the bikes comfort and ability to soak up bumps, while still remaining fast rolling enough to cover touring distance miles. The tires are also tubeless ready and should be the first change any new owner makes.

Downtube shifters give this Masi the full vintage effect and just look right.

Downtube shifters give this Masi the full vintage effect and just look right.

The Speciale Randonneur frame is TIG-welded double-butted steel with a straight wall steel fork. The bike is equipped with mechanical disc brakes and has plenty of rack and fender mounts. The steel fenders shown will come with the bike. Besides tire size, the geometry has been tweaked a bit as well. As you will note from the photos, the frame has downtube shifters for the full vintage effect. The most eye catching feature of this bike is clear, the finish is simply stunning.

The Masi Speciale Randonneur is fitted with a Shimano Tiagra groupset and Promax provides the stopping power. This bike will be made in six sizes (49, 51, 53, 56, 58, 60cm) and should be available around late September of this year. MSRP will be $1300.

Like any good touring bike, the Speciale Randonneur has plenty of fender and rack mounts.

Like any good touring bike, the Speciale Randonneur has plenty of fender and rack mounts.

We are happy to see Masi updating their road line with some solid offerings for 2017 and we look forward to more exciting new models from them soon.

For more information about current Masi models, visit www.masibikes.com.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • another dave says:

    Nice bike, but it needs a traditional Brooks leather saddle! Regardless of that cycling fashion faux pas, I’m really glad to see a company with Masi’s heritage build a bike like this. And although WTB’s Horizon 47 tires with “Road Plus” branding are new (and road disc brakes are new-ish), there’s nothing new about a steel framed bike built around 650B tires, designed for riding all roads–paved or not. And guys like Kirk Pacenti, Jan Heine, and Grant Petersen must all be feeling a bit proud to see something like this at SOC 16. But I’ll tip my chapeau to Petersen especially, since he’s been touting bikes like this when he introduced the cult classic Bridgestone XO-1 back in the early 90′s (despite being shod w/ 26″ wheels), then later with a more refined stable of 650B bikes from Rivendell. I guess every dog really does have his day ;^)

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