Feature: Masi CXRc Expert with Shimano Ultegra Di2 RX Clutch Derailleur! – Sea Otter 2018

Masi is a name that has been around in cycling a very long time. Whilst this variant of Masi isn’t the same as the original founded in Italy during the 20th century, the company is making some noteworthy bikes, in particular, this year’s CXRc Expert.

The CXRc Expert is an all-rounder, and as the name implies, would be quite at home on a cyclocross course. There are plenty of us who use cyclocross bikes for gravel fun, and this one has a good amount of tyre clearance and is a looker.

“Designed from the ground up as the ultimate off-road rocket, the CXRc truly is an “Evo for the dirt”. Featuring our proprietary Dirt Tuned Mc9 carbon frameset, the bike is a sharp-edged race implement for those who can wield it.”

Ordinarily, the Expert CRXc is fitted with SRAM’s Force 1 x 11 drivetrain. However, this example is fitted with Shimano’s killer Di2 electronic drivetrain in a 1 x 11 configuration, along with a very special piece of kit that most people didn’t notice. The first part of the special kit is Shimano’s new Ultegra Di2 hydraulic levers. Notice how svelte they are versus the original, non-series specific ST-R785 Di2 levers.

masi expert crxc review

Pictured above, the elusive and just-released, Shimano Ultegra Di2 RX clutch rear derailleur!

masi expert crxc review

Shimano kindly informed me this clutch variant of the Ultegra Di2 derailleur – and mechanical version – are both “on the water” and will land in the US of A, sometime in June.

masi expert crxc review

masi expert crxc review

Above, a Praxis Works Zayante single chainring 1 x 11 puts the power through the drivetrain.

masi expert crxc review

Masi utilizes the BB86 bottom bracket interface on this bike.

masi expert crxc review

masi expert crxc review

The double chainring / 2x crowd has not been left out in the cold. Masi wisely makes provision for a front derailleur. Not all of us dig single chainrings / 1x – chapeau to Masi!

masi expert crxc review

Above, a tapered 1.5″ headtube rolling on a Token headset. Notice the swoopy nature of the frame’s top tube.

masi expert crxc review

Above, Masi spec a 160mm Shimano SM-RT800 Icetech brake rotor. That should be an indicator this bike is intended for double duty on cyclocross courses, and gravel roads. A lot of true cyclocross bikes are shod with 140mm rotors.

masi expert crxc review

On the rear, the same spec rotor and flat mount disc brake. masi expert crxc review

Above, the “dirt tuned” MC9 full carbon fork, with support for 12mm thru-axle, flat mount brakes. 12mm x 142mm thru-axle on the rear.

masi expert crxc review

If chrome paint is your thing, this bike is for you. Photos don’t really do justice to the paint on this bicycle.

masi expert crxc review

Above, a very beefy and stout seattube / seatstay junction.

masi expert crxc review

masi expert crxc review

Brake and derailleur cables are fully internalized.

masi expert crxc review

Above, provision for an internalized front derailleur cable.

masi expert crxc review

MSRP on the SRAM Force 1 x 11 equipped CXRc Expert is $US 3,639.99. Assuming the Di2 version sees the light of day, expect to pay a wee bit more.

masi expert crxc review

The Masi Expert CXRc is well-proven at events such as the Belgian Waffle Ride and Dirty Kanza. so it possesses gravel pedigree.

masi expert crxc review

masi expert crxc review

For your viewing pleasure, a colourful lineup of Masi framesets.

masi expert crxc review

For the cyclist who needs it all, this striking chrome paint scheme is available on some of the company’s road bike line as well.

masi expert crxc review

Or, if fluoro is your thing…

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8 comments on “Feature: Masi CXRc Expert with Shimano Ultegra Di2 RX Clutch Derailleur! – Sea Otter 2018

    1. Hey John,

      I believe the Masi had an 11-32, but I expect the derailleur will handle a 36 no worries at all. I posted a video a little while ago demonstrating the new Dura-Ace rear derailleur with a 36… which makes me think the former will work.

      1. It had the new 11-34t non-series Ultegra-level cassette. The RD is rated to 34t officially, but as above, we’ve generally seen luck in going a bit bigger than “stock.”

        1. Oops, thanks James, appreciate you chiming in! Lovely bike, the paint is so much better in person.

          Is the Ultegra Di2 variant going to be a stock offering soon?

          1. Yeah it really pops in person, one of the problems of trying to photograph it for the website!

            We are looking into it. It’d mean quite an upcharge over previous models, but we were gathering interest at the event, which is great feedback for us!

  1. So much eye candy! My garage harem is so jealous!

    “Don’t even think about it!” they scream at me.

    “Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s bike.”

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