Re: [CR]Holy mackerel, 77 Masi Prestige Fiera

Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2005 18:14:01 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <>
To: Classic Rendezvous <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Holy mackerel, 77 Masi Prestige Fiera
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Harvey Sachs wrote:
> My respect for Masi has, for the first time, dropped. Whether you think that the primary load on chainstays is a twisting one, or side by side, this mutiliation ain't gonna help the strength of the rear triangle. Unless testing or finite element analysis proves me wrong, this isn't decoration like tail fins, this is harm to the structural integrity.
> I hope I am wrong.

Harvey, I think your lost respect should be directed at A. Masi, not F. Masi...

While I think the holes are stupid, I don't see the harm in the structural integrity, i.e. the stays aint gonna be breakin in the next century or two. Just something Alberto did to make the bike a little different than everyone else's.

Like the twin plate fork crown used for a while which I love, but which is functionally no better or worse than the Fischer (well, maybe not as elegant as the Fischer, but more interesting in an unusual, retro way).


Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California