A project to recreate a bike made famous in Hollywood required considerable time and effort. Here is a summary of the components for the ‘Breaking Away’ Masi.

One of the regular features in RIDE Cycling Review magazine was the ‘Retro Reviews’. (Click here for the full list.) Sometimes they were bikes made famous in races, other times they were pet projects from enthusiasts and/or collectors.

James Sage provided one of the most detailed explanations of a build in his story about the Masi used in Breaking Away.

He went to considerable effort to source the period-correct parts, paint colour and decals. It wasn’t easy but the result is a stunning piece of equipment.

Below is an overview of all the components used for this special project, star of the Retro Review of #RIDE74.


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Click here to read Sage’s feature about building the Breaking Away Masi.

ItemComponent Details
Frame• 1977 Masi Gran Criterium Reynolds 531 Frameset — size 54cm (53cm actual)
 • Masi ‘Red Orange’ paint finish with yellow highlights to lugs and BB stampings
Fork• Masi CG fork with semi-slotted Fischer crown fork and Reynolds 531 blades
 • Campagnolo dropouts
 • Chrome finish to crown, paint finish to legs, yellow highlights to inner plate holes
Brake leversCampagnolo Record (1973) brake — ‘long reach’ levers with slot cable access
Brake calipersCampagnolo Record (pre-1975) with flat quick-release levers and ‘Brev Campy’ stamping on centre bolts
Brake cablesCampagnolo (with generic yellow housing)
Front derailleurCampagnolo Record (1972) flat-cage with no circlip
Rear derailleurCampagnolo Nuovo Record (1973) Patent 73
Shifter leversCampagnolo   Record
Shifter cablesCampagnolo (with <c> stamped on ferrule)
CranksCampagnolo Record (1973) — 170mm
ChainringsCampagnolo Nuovo Record — 42/53 (144BCD)
FreewheelRegina ORO 12-23 (six-speed)
ChainRegina Oro
HubsCampagnolo Record 36H low-flange (Italian thread)
RimsNisi Moncaleri 700 (rear) and Super Champion Arc-en-Ciel 700C (front)
Handlebars3TTT Record Competizione Superleggero bars — TdF bend
Handlebar tapeYellow Newbaums cloth bar tape
Stem3TTT Mod.1 Record Strada alloy stem
HeadsetCampagnolo Record (1973) with black spacer
SeatpostCampagnolo NR 2-bolt seatpost (1973-1977) — 27.2mm
Seatpost boltMasi binder bolt
SaddleCinelli Unicanitor black suede No 2 saddle with silver badge text
Bottom bracketCampagnolo 70-SS-120 Nuovo Record bottom bracket
PedalsCampagnolo Record with all silver cages and foot strap loops
ClipsChristophe Special clips
StrapsBinda Straps — brown, metal roller clip
Bottle cageSpécialités TA Model 215 chrome framed
BottleMasi Gran Criterium (branded ‘Ale’)
PumpSilca Imperio frame pump with Campagnolo pump head
DecalsMasi USA (1978) ‘cut down’ Gran Criterium decal set