Updated: June 10/2020

1992 Masi 3V Volumetrica

This bike is #89 of a limited run of 200 bikes built by Mondonico (Torelli) for Masi USA - frames were painted and decaled by Jim Allen in the US. These were the last Italian built 3Vs. The framesets were painted in a scheme to celebrate the Olympic games where cyclists had ridden Masi bikes to Olympic medals, starting in Melbourne, New Zealand (1956) - no Masi medals in the 1964 and 1968 Olympics. First produced in 1981, the 3V Volumetrica was Alberto Masi's creation blending thin-walled over-sized tubing and internal lugs, joined together using a silver ring of brazing material. Form the Masi tag that came with the frameset: "Masi Bicycles have earned a crowning reputation over the years, winning an extraordinary succession of Classics, Tours and Olympics medals. To celebrate founder Faliero Masi's 60+ years of dedication to winning, Masi has crafted 200 "Barcelona Commemorative" frames, identifying the medals won in past Olympic years. Exactingly sover brazed, skillfully hand-filed and then sealed in 12 oven-baked coats of protective DuPont Imron for a touch, fade-resistant Champagne color finish, this limited-edition Masi pays tribute both to Faliero for setting the standard in bicycle performance and beauty, and to the athletes who have dominated the competitions. INVENTIVELY DESIGNED AND METICULOUSLY CRAFTED To determine what, specifically, makes a Masi superior, start with the materials. Lugs, fork crown and crankbox are Masi's own proprietary design, which no one has been able to duplicate. Masi invented the use of investment-cast parts for bikes. While others are new to the technology, we're past our third generation of design. The 3V is made from special double-butted, internally lugged, thin-walled proprietary tubing made just for Masi, designed by Masi. A Masi is a unique series of parts that have been designed to fit a carefully thought-out whole. Once you experience Masi cycling, you'll appreciate why enthusiasts around the world will ride nothing else." In addition to the Barcelona 3Vs, there were the Masi 3V CCCP (Ma3N) framesets. Supposedly, they were built for the Soviet Union National Team, but the team never used the bikes. When the deal fell through, Masi converted the framesets into a limited edition series of 100. Another story is that they were made to commemorate Ekimov's win in the 1988 Seoul Olympics in which the Russian team did ride Masis. Nevertheless, these framesets were built by Joe Starck and painted by Jim Allen. THE BIKE Frame: Masi 3V Volumetrica "Barcelona Commemorative", #89 of 200. Silver brazed using internal lugs and Excel tubing. Top tube 56 cm c-to-c; Seat tube: 54.5 cm c-to-c Brakeset: Campagnolo Chorus levers and Chorus Monoplaner calipers Handlebars: Cinelli Criterium mod. 65 Stem: Cinelli 1A (130 mm) Headset: Campagnolo Chorus Shifters: Campagnolo Record (indexed) Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus Crankset: Campagnolo Chorus Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Pedals: Campagnolo Chorus with Campagnolo toe clips and straps Wheelset: Campagnolo Record laced to Ambrosio Metamorphosis anodized rims Chain : Sedis, France Freewheel: 8 speed Campagnolo Seatpost: Campagnolo Chorus (27.1 mm) Saddle: Ti-railed Storika (Selle Italia) Water Bottle Cage/Bottle: Nitto cage with Specialized bottle