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Replica of the Breaking Away Masi – the components

Replica of the Breaking Away Masi – the components

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.

Item Component 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 levers Campagnolo Record (1973) brake — ‘long reach’ levers with slot cable access
Brake calipers Campagnolo Record (pre-1975) with flat quick-release levers and ‘Brev Campy’ stamping on centre bolts
Brake cables Campagnolo (with generic yellow housing)
Front derailleur Campagnolo Record (1972) flat-cage with no circlip
Rear derailleur Campagnolo Nuovo Record (1973) Patent 73
Shifter levers Campagnolo   Record
Shifter cables Campagnolo (with <c> stamped on ferrule)
Cranks Campagnolo Record (1973) — 170mm
Chainrings Campagnolo Nuovo Record — 42/53 (144BCD)
Freewheel Regina ORO 12-23 (six-speed)
Chain Regina Oro
Hubs Campagnolo Record 36H low-flange (Italian thread)
Rims Nisi Moncaleri 700 (rear) and Super Champion Arc-en-Ciel 700C (front)
Handlebars 3TTT Record Competizione Superleggero bars — TdF bend
Handlebar tape Yellow Newbaums cloth bar tape
Stem 3TTT Mod.1 Record Strada alloy stem
Headset Campagnolo Record (1973) with black spacer
Seatpost Campagnolo NR 2-bolt seatpost (1973-1977) — 27.2mm
Seatpost bolt Masi binder bolt
Saddle Cinelli Unicanitor black suede No 2 saddle with silver badge text
Bottom bracket Campagnolo 70-SS-120 Nuovo Record bottom bracket
Pedals Campagnolo Record with all silver cages and foot strap loops
Clips Christophe Special clips
Straps Binda Straps — brown, metal roller clip
Bottle cage Spécialités TA Model 215 chrome framed
Bottle Masi Gran Criterium (branded ‘Ale’)
Pump Silca Imperio frame pump with Campagnolo pump head
Decals Masi USA (1978) ‘cut down’ Gran Criterium decal set

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