Newbie Advice (Felt Curbside vs Masi Speciale)

Hi Guys,

I am new to the fixed/single speed scene. I have been riding MTBs for years and looking at getting a nice road bike to ride on the flat into work.

I am tossing up between the Felt Curbside (2011) or the Masi Speciale Flat

Before i go an buy either id thought Id ask if the specs on either are decent for the price, and if there is anything else out there i could get better bang for buck!

Hopefully i dont get flamed for this thread, but yeh some help would be appreciated.


Felt Curbside (2011) RRP $999

Frame: Felt Single Speed Urban Design, 6061 Super-lite Aluminum Hydroformed & Butted Tubes, Hidden & removable Rear brake cable routing, CNC machined Track Dropouts w/ steel inserts, Custom Top Tube Pad/Dashboard/Protector.
Fork: Felt UHC Performance Carbon Fiber Design w/ 3KP Weave, Carbon Blades, Aluminum Crown & 1.125 Steerer, and Dropouts
Drivetrain: URBAN Single, 3-pc, Forged Aluminum crankset, 144mm B.C.D., 46T x 3/32, KMC Z610 White Single Speed chain, F/W: 18T x 1/2 pitch x 3/32 width Chrome Freewheel, Fixed Cog: 17T x 1/2 pitch x 3/32 width fixed sprocket w/ lock ring
Components: Tektro 31.8mm top mount 'cross type Front & Rear brake levers, Tektro Long Reach dual pivot brakes caliper for fender Clearance w/ removable cartridge brake pads, Stainless hardware, Teflon bushings, Felt Meat Stick 6061 Aluminum flat handlebar, Felt Forged 6061 Aluminum stem, Felt 6061 Aluminum seatpost, Felt Urban Classic Road saddle w/ riveted custom cover & FeC rails
Wheelset: Felt Aluminum 30mm deep V-section Aero rim w/ machined braking surface & wear indicator & custom Curbside graphic w/ White Stainless 2.0mm spokes
Accessories: Felt BEERNuts Axle Nut Tool
Finish: Pearl Black
Sizes: 700c x 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
Weight: 18.75lbs/8.52kg

I have to say that Masi have the better design/coloring and reputation.
Belive it or not I was coming home through smith street and saw 3 Masi Speciale in the time space of about 10 mins.
Being me I would go for the Masi but its entirely up to you. You should also have a look at the Masi Speciale Risers.

pls ask this question in the new buyer’s guide thread.