Landscape Magazine

Mash CXSS

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Writer and photos: Peter de Muer

If you have watched a fixed-gear video on Youtube or Vimeo the past years the name Mash should ring a bell. In 2007 Michael Martin and Gabe Montfort from San Francisco shook-up the still young fixie community with their Mash SF video; one hour non-stop brakeless track bike lunacy and street races, shot on and around the hills of San Francisco. 

In short time Mash established a solid reputation in the fixed gear scene. Which only strengthened when they, in cooperation with Cinelli, launched their first track frame. In the following years different versions succeeded one another. The flashy paintjobs and a more street than track oriented geometry made these frames an absolute hit with the younger audience. Cycling isn’t just for profs and cycle tourists anymore, who wants to be hip rides fixed-gear.

The guys from Mash didn’t stop here, because in 2012 there suddenly appeared the CXSS. On first view this single speed cyclocross frame looks like a Mash Histogram on steroids. It’s build out of Columbus 7000 aluminium with horizontal drop-outs and a 120mm width for single speed hubs, and yet again equipped with a Columbus Carbon fork and the well known Mash paintjob.

The most noticeable differences are the tapered headset, the cantilever brake mounts on frame and fork and of course the clearance for wheels with cyclocross tires. Who would like to do so could just put all parts from their Histogram or Parallax on the CXSS frame. But that would be a damn shame, because the CXSS is actually a thoroughbred cyclocross frame that is in its natural habitat off-road on sloping terrain. This light and super stiff frame is designed with just one purpose in mind: racing! This bike screams for speed on rough grounds. It corners very direct and stabile, even on the most technical single tracks and descents. This bike will not hold back your talent, on the contrary.

When you are looking for a single speed commuter frame or training bike for this winter, you might better look for something else. The CXSS isn’t equipped with mounts for mudguards or water bottles and the stiff aluminium frame is less comfortable in the end than a steel cross frame.
But are you looking for a light and stiff race frame that can place you full of confidence at the start of the next cross race, then look no further. With the CXSS the guys from Mash and Cinelli have built a frame, which will most certainly move the enthusiast.  

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