Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The beauty of steel; Speciale

The allure of steel within the cycling world is impossible to ignore or deny- it was the first material used for bicycles and is still one of the most popular and loved, nearly 200 years after the bicycle was invented. It can be argued that no other frame material produces the quality of ride, especially when you consider relative cost. Modern steel tubing has come a long, long way and even "inexpensive" steel tubing today has weight and performance qualities similar to the "high end" tubing from 20 years ago.

For some people, steel is a new "fad" to be exploited within the market, but it's never left our blood even for a day. Our love of steel runs deep... way deep. It has always made us chuckle a bit when we read magazine reviews or marketing from other brands that tout their latest new Uber Material bike as having "a ride quality similar to steel". Why settle for similar when you can have the real thing? Nothing embodies our motto of "it's all about the ride" better than our steel series of bikes.

Meet the Speciale.

Pure beauty...

The Speciale is the origin of the steel series for us. Beautiful double butted chromoly tubing with sexy seat stays, beautiful compact rear dropouts, a gorgeous lugged steel fork and a parts blend that produces an incredible bike for the money. And, before we forget, you just can't beat the looks of the bike with every detail tied together- the metallic Ruby Red paint, the white cable housing, white saddle artwork, white tires, white bar tape and the classic black and white panel graphics... the Speciale is a thing of absolute beauty.

Not just a pretty paint job over some nice steel tubes, the Speciale is a fantastic riding bike too. The geometry is a perfect blend of performance and stability- quick handling with a very stable feel for all day riding. You can race the pack or just chase your dreams- your choice.

The Speciale is ready and waiting to join you on your journey from hectic to happy.



John the Monkey said...

They really are beautiful looking frames - the burgundy colour is perfect for them too, somehow.

ridgeandjenny said...

I still enjoy my 2004 Speciale Premio, thanks very much! The candy red paint is lovely. I'm proud to have stolen it (by outbidding him) from a snotnosed high schooler whom rode with my group for about a month. I cringe to think it might be gathering dust in a dorm room or suffering on a bike rack... shudder.

Anonymous said...

I saw a Masi the other day in Huffman town. Dang wish I was still 18 and could do laps after work at Deweese Parkway. They are all nice but I would have loved to build steel and alum tour bikes. Glad someone can still do it.

jamesmallon said...

I'd like it if Masi would specify the exact grade of steel they use for each frame. It's frustrating, and Masi's hardly alone, when a bike company gives a proprietary name to their steel (Masi double-butted chromoly steel) instead of the name of the tubing: e.g. Tange Infinity, Reynolds 6251.

A proprietary name is not good marketing. It leads me to think it is a lower grade of steel, not higher. I presume that if it is Reynolds 6251 or the like, the company would boast about it.


Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

James- We're not hiding anything with the name, but the tubing is a double butted tubing that is very similar to a Reynolds tubeset- without the cost. It is made and drawn in Taiwan for our frame vendor, so it is not a "name brand" tubeset. On the frames where we DO use a name brand tubeset- the Reynolds 631 used on the Speciale Sprint frameset for example- we do point that out.

One of the reasons why we, and many other manufacturers, do not call out the physical producer of the tubing is because we often use more than one- sometimes even on the same frame. There many very good tubing suppliers in Taiwan, since they are the largest producer of high end frames for the bulk of the industry. One frame could have a down tube from one factory and stays from another, etc, depending on supply and demand.

I can't speak for the other frame makers- but I assure you that we're not being sneaky over here at Masi... we're just quietly trying to make the best bikes we can.