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.
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.
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.