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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|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)|
|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|