The Cinelli MASH Work frame is intentionally, and perhaps a little deceptively simple. Its raw steel appearance and minimal, but ornate branding takes inspiration from the classic Cinelli logo and highlights the Work’s Columbus steel tubing. Hiding under that dark smoke topcoat is a versatile frame designed with MASH’s Chas Christiansen. If you follow Chas on his different outings, you know he’s made the Cinelli Work ready for all your favorite ‘fringe’ type events, from fixed street races to ‘cross to weirdo touring. Cinelli’s Work is ready to do anything, and do it a little differently.
So Cinelli’s Work frame does everything. The words are barely on the page and already there’s an echo: does it do anything really well? It’s emerged from the hive mind of MASHxCinelli, so it’s safe to say it’ll be a fun track bike on the streets, even without the so-important-it’s-almost-functional aesthetic flair of the usual MASH frame. But where the Work is really worth it, in our view, is how it’s chameleon powers let you do whatever you want. Without getting into handmade custom bikes, there’s a handful of production frames out there that allow this range of individualization and are still top quality and fun to ride. So get weird. Get specific, and then don’t tell anyone what those specifics are. Just enjoy riding your kickass bike that works exactly like you want it to.
Dan, for instance, has put together a build that goes better with Cinelli’s Work than Drake with Rihanna. Way better. Taking advantage of Cinelli’s generous 35mm clearance, there’s 32mm Continental Gatorskins rolling on HED Belgium C2’s laced to high flange Paul 32 hubs. This Work is singlespeed, but there’s TRP Mini-V’s instead of running fixed. So it’s definitely a niche bike, but Cinelli’s high quality Columbus frame easily supports a gold IRD techno-glide headset, and that beauty White Industries freewheel. At the same time, the raw finish on the Work makes means parts like Shimano 105 cranks also aren’t out of place either.
So take a closer look at Dan’s killer Cinelli MASH Work build. Then think of what you’d do with the frame: