Under Test: Masi Speciale Randonneur

While searching for an everyday day bike that would be comfortable commuting on as well as loaded down with groceries or gear, I stumbled upon the Masi Speciale Randonneur. It seemed to have all the necessities for becoming a versatile machine with a comfortable enough geometry for everyday use and a sweet paint job.

This steel frame, touring bike comes stock with full coverage fenders, 10-speed bar end friction shifters, and braz-ons for front and rear racks. My size 58cm tester has a 57.5cm top tube with 73° seat and head tube angles and fits me pretty good, but I’m swapping out the 110mm stem for something 5-10mm shorter for a more upright position. The long 465mm chainstays give the bike a surfing feel when carving through turns and should work to stabilize the bike when loaded with extra weight.

After getting a few rides in, my only frustration has come from the rear wheel, which I have to keep truing, and the lack of adjustment of the fenders at the frame interface. There’s not too much space between the 700×32 tires and the fenders, which keep coming into contact with one another and rubbing together. (A solution to this dilemma will be updated and in the final review).

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I’ve gotten use to the wider bar and bar end friction shifters, my personal ride has SRAM Double Tap Controls, and to the way the frame handles in traffic. The Speciale Randonneur feels like a solid build and rides smooth when encountering the crumbling roads we have in the northeast. As soon as I work the fender and wheel situation out, the Masi should make for a decent commuting/touring machine. Here’s a breakdown of the components that are stock on the bike.
 
Crank: Truvativ Elita compact double 50/34
Cassette: Shimano HG 10-speed 11-25
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ GXP XR
Front and Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Shifters: Dia-Compe Bar End Friction Shifters
Brakes: Dia-Compe BRS 101 dual pivot w/Tektro levers
Rims: Ritchey Girder XC
Front Hub: Formula Bolt-On
Rear Hub: Formula
Tires: Kenda Kwick Trax 700×32
Handlebar: Ritchey Comp 31.8 dropbar
Stem: Ritchey Comp
Headset: Ritchey Pro
Saddle: Masi
Seatpost: Masi
Pedals: Flat w/toe straps
Weight 26.3 w/pedals
Country of Origin: Taiwan
MSRP: $1145.00
Website: www.masibikes.com

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