Massi Team 105 Mix - in brief review£1,499.00

An Iberian bike with Massi market appeal?

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Spanish brand Massi produces a vast range of bikes for on and off-road use.

Our test bike’s 105 mix configuration means Shimano 105 shifters and mechs rounded off with some kit from lower tier groupsets, including a non-series R565 50/34 chainset and a threaded bottom bracket. The eagle-eyed will notice that it also has older 5600 series shifters; rest assured, customer builds will have 5700.

    At a claimed 1690g, the frameset is relatively hefty for carbon and in combination with middle-of-the-road build kit the bike is pushing 9kg, a fair chunk for a one-and-a-half-grand ride.

    You might expect the Massi to feel ponderously slow as a result, but it achieves a competent all-rounder performance, comfortable in spite of the 31.6mm aluminium seatpost (which was oddly long) but lively with it.

    With a 13cm head-tube on our small 48cm test machine, we could get low enough to feel fast but the position wasn’t that extreme. Sensible gearing will accommodate most riders, and despite the middling spec – which does include Look Keo pedals – we warmed to the stylish chassis with its elegantly blended-in seatclamp and impeccable road manners.

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Matthew Allen

    Senior Technical Writer, UK
    Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
    • Age: 27
    • Height: 174cm / 5'8"
    • Weight: 53kg / 117lb
    • Waist: 71cm / 28in
    • Chest: 84cm / 33in
    • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
    • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
    • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
    • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
    • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
    • Location: Bristol, UK

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