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Masi Vivo Quattro

This might be the quintessential New England bike: It soaks up impacts from cracked, neglected roads common in the great Northeast, and rips on rolling terrain. It’s also a slow-steering machine, with a tall 185-millimeter head tube, 72.5-degree head tube angle, and long 425-millimeter chain stays. So forget about this…

Size Reviewed

M/L

Price

$3,050

Brand

Masi


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This might be the quintessential New England bike: It soaks up impacts from cracked, neglected roads common in the great Northeast, and rips on rolling terrain. It’s also a slow-steering machine, with a tall 185-millimeter head tube, 72.5-degree head tube angle, and long 425-millimeter chain stays. So forget about this one for the racecourse.

The Vivo Quattro’s shining characteristic is its comfort, and flex in the rear end is noticeable. It posted a hefty 1.12 millimeters of bottom bracket deflection in our lab testing. That’s irrelevant if you’ve retired from the racing scene, and since this is no racing bike to begin with, take the Vivo for what it’s intended to be: a comfortable, long-hauler.

With 28-millimeter tires and hydraulic disc brakes, the Vivo Quattro encourages you to sniff out gravel roads. We rolled a few ourselves and the Vivo Quattro performed admirably, maintaining stability over washboards and ruts with a 1,006-millimeter wheelbase, even in dusty corners. This is where the Vivo shines — exactly where the road doesn’t.

Looking at those geometry numbers, one thing becomes apparent: The Vivo Quattro sticks to what we’ve known an endurance bike to be in recent years, rather than where the trends are heading. Masi is not breaking new ground, nor is it attempting to bridge any gap between comfort and performance. This is a laid-back ride that values stability over speed.

Still, a reliable build with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and a carbon frame to quiet road chatter make for a fun and comfortable ride. Just be sure that’s what you’re looking for: comfort over speed.