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Sneak Peak: Masi Caffe Racer Series

by Commute by Bike

Earlier, we got a sneak peak of the Speciale commuter bike and now here’s a sneak peak of a couple more commuter rigs from the every expanding Masi line.

The Solo (single shot of espresso) is 9spd with 105 rear derailleur and the Doppio (double shot of espresso) is 10spd with Ultegra rear. Solo (white) has aluminum fork and the Doppio (black) has a carbon one. Both share the same aluminum frame with rack and fender mounts and an extended head tube for more up right riding, but the handling is very “road”, so it is quick and agile which is perfect for your commute.

The full specs and pictures are below, however I would like to point out the rack and fender mounts, compact crankset, toe straps, integrated seatpost taillight and reflective sidewall tires that all make these bikes very well thought out commuter rigs.

Click the pictures to see them bigger.

Caffe Racer Solo

  • Frame: Masi 7005 T6 Double Butted w/ Extended Head Tube & Rack & Fender Mounts
  • Sizes: 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm
  • Colors: SG Ano White
  • Fork: Masi Comp 7005 Alloy w/ Fender Mounts
  • Headset: Ritchey Logic V2 Threadless
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  • Crank Set: TruVativ Touro 2.1, Compact; 50/34
  • Bottom Bracket: TruVativ Square Taper
  • Derailleur Front: Shimano 440
  • Derailleur Rear: Shimano 105
  • Freewheel: Shimano HG50 9 Speed 12-28
  • Chain: Shimano HG73
  • Pedals: Alloy Cage w/ Clips & Straps
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  • Handlebar: Ritchey Comp Flat 31.8
  • Handlebar Width: 580mm = All Sizes
  • Stem: Ritchey Adjustable
  • Stem Lengths: 49 = 80mm; 51 = 80mm; 53 = 100mm; 56 = 100mm; 58 =120mm; 60 = 120mm
  • Grips: Ritchey True Grip 6 Dual Compound
  • Derailleur Shifter: Shimano 440 Flat Bar 9 Speed
  • Saddle: Masi SLS w/ Crmo Rails
  • Seat Post: Masi Alloy w/ Integrated Taillight 27.2 x 300mm
  • Seat Post Clamp: Alloy SL
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  • Wheelset: Alex R500 Aero 32h Rims; Formula 32h Cassette Hubs w/ Alloy QR; Stainless Spokes Radial Front/ X3 Rear
  • Tires: Kenda Kwik Trax w/Reflective Sidewall 28c Wire Bead
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  • Brakes: Shimano M421 V-Brakes
  • Brake Lever: Tektro RX1

Masi Caffe Racer Solo Commuter Bike

 

Caffe Racer Doppio

  • Frame: Masi 7005 T6 Double Butted w/ Extended Head Tube & Rack & Fender Mounts
  • Sizes: 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm
  • Colors: SG Black
  • Fork: Masi Elite/RS Carbon Integrated w/ 7075 Alloy Steerer, Canti Bosses & Fender Mounts
  • Headset: Ritchey Logic V2 Threadless
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  • Crank Set: TruVativ Elita C 2.2 w/ Giga X-Pipe integrated BB; 50/34
  • Bottom Bracket: TruVativ Integrated w/ Crankset
  • Derailleur Front: Shimano 770
  • Derailleur Rear: Shimano Ultegra
  • Freewheel: Shimano 105 10 Speed 11-27
  • Chain: Shimano 105 10 Speed
  • Pedals: Alloy Cage w/ Clips & Straps
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  • Handlebar: Ritchey Pro Flat 31.8
  • Handlebar Width: 600mm = All Sizes
  • Stem: Ritchey Adjustable
  • Stem Lengths: 49 = 80mm; 51 = 80mm; 53 = 100mm; 56 = 100mm; 58 =120mm; 60 = 120mm
  • Grips: Ritchey True Grip 6 Dual Compound
  • Derailleur Shifter: Shimano 770 Flat Bar 10 Speed
  • Saddle: Masi SLS w/ Crmo Rails
  • Seat Post: Masi Alloy w/ Integrated Taillight 27.2 x 300mm
  • Seat Post Clamp: Alloy SL
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  • Wheelset: Alex R500 Aero 32h Rims; Formula 32h Cassette Hubs w/ Alloy QR; Stainless Spokes Radial Front/ X3 Rear
  • Tires: Kenda Kwik Trax w/Reflective Sidewall 28c Wire Bead
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  • Brakes: Shimano M421 V-Brakes
  • Brake Lever: Tektro RX1

Masi Caffe Racer Doppio Commuter Bike

 
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4 Responses to “Sneak Peak: Masi Caffe Racer Series”

  1. Tim says:

    Return of the the cross bike! In the 80′s and early 90′s I owned a couple of Schwinn cross bikes – Criss Cross and Cross Cut – but the format never really seemed to catch on. Thee seem very smilar in cocept.

    The Masi’s pictured don’t quite seem ideal for commuting however since they aren’t equipped with fenders or a rack, but then those things can be added as noted.

  2. Scott says:

    I also wish more manufacturers included lowrider rack mounts on the forks. There are a few in this segment that do…the Trek Soho series and two-thirds of the Fisher Fast City bikes come to mind. I think the Marin commuters might have them, too.

  3. Ghost Rider says:

    I’d like to see more bike companies include fenders and a rack as STANDARD EQUIPMENT on the new range of “fast commuter”-format bikes. If a rider doesn’t want or need them, they can be unbolted in a few minutes.

    The way it is now is “spend X dollars on this cool, sleek new bike, and then spend X MORE dollars getting the necessary commuting gear to go with it” rather than “here is a great bike for X dollars that is ready to be put to work immediately for all your commuting needs”.

  4. Russ Roca says:

    Awesome…It looks like 08 is going to be a great year to be a bike commuter…

    I agree with Ghost Rider on this one, if it’s a commuter bike, put all the darn things a commuter will need on the thing…especially on the product photos. Otherwise, it’s just another bike.

    I would also wish the bigger manufacturers would catch on to front racks…I think they’re going to be (are) a real hot item…in particular porteur type racks with a flatbed…something as pretty as Paul’s but can hold more weight and is functional like the demo’s on Velo-Orange….

    How about a real zoot porteur bike inspired by what Parisian newspapers couriers used? That would be the bee’s knees in my opinion…

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