This Green Frame is one of two prototypes from Cinelli that arrived to the old MASH shop on 14th st. on September 20th 2012. One for me and one for Walton Brush. Mike who runs MASH was out of town when the box arrived… The frames arrived bare, raw aluminum and carbon, all of Cinelli’s prototype frames were built in Italy and shipped directly to MASH for testing. No refinement or polish, this was the best part about the prototype process with CInelli, they shipped us the roughest iterations of our idea’s and left the refinement to us.
 Of course the first thing we do it rush out to buy spray paint so we can customize our frames. We went with a 2 toned 2 sided fade, my bike was green and Waltons was blue. We drug a bike stand in front of the shop, went to town and when Mike came back we both had fully painted and built bikes. We covered the sidewalk with overspray, the neighbors were pissed, Mike made a joke about it, and to this day you can still see the green and blue sprays on the sidewalk.
 Mike’s addition to the project was providing us with a ton of slick dye cut stickers.  It was his idea to throw the Cinelli sticker down the head tube and fork, it was a perfect fit.  This was the first tapered head tube track bike that we knew of.  Cinelli had recently launched their new tapered head tube on their road bikes and they were happy to cross the tech over to our track bike.  We wanted a steep rake on the fork so we designed as brutal 28mm rake carbon track fork.
 The tube-set was based on Cinelli’s new (at the time) aluminum road bikes, we then incorporated a number of proprietary tubes, like the massive down tube. Walton, Mike and I had all grown up idolizing bikes likes the 93 Cannondale track and KHS Aero, and we wanted co-opt some of that performance and style.
 Cinelli gave us pretty much carte blanch when it came to the geometry of the new frame.  At the time all of our experience had been on super aggressive track frames, kierin frames from Japan had been our Ferrari’s.  Thinking that if we combined the high tech tube set with a crazy steep geometry kierin geo we could turn even tight and sprint harder.  74.5 degree head tube and a 75 degree seat tube put the rider directly over the handlebars and pedals.  I wanted an even steeper seat tube but Waltons argument for better leverage on the pedals while seated won over.  A foreshadowing to many changes in fixed crit specific geometry to come.
 While this frame was designed with fixed gear criterium racing in mind, MASH has always been from the streets. And once we got these frames and started ripping on them we found out they were lean mean street shredding machines. The super tight geometry combined with the stiff tube set and tapered head tube created a dream alleycat bike. You can turn these prototypes on a dime, and dig as deep into a sprint as you want without feeling a moment of frame flex. I had a rack attached to the front of mine for years and it served me well as my TCB work bike.
 This bike was a dream come true,  how often do you get to design your dream bike and then have it shipped to your door?  Unfortunately as with most dreams reality can be a harsh awakening.  While this bike RIPPED the streets, the super aggressive geometry  made the bike unstable and twitchy during a high speed fixed gear criterium.  It was great for Walton, Rainier, Kyle and I but unrealistic for most riders.  That’s why the prototype process is so important,  we refined the angles and geometry through the many production runs to eventually build a purpose built Criterium frame.  These first two prototypes were 2 of a kind,  super aggressive street shredderz.
 While at Cinelli designing the frame Walton and I spent over an hour debating seat tube angles… Rainier was not nearly as interested in the details as we were and caught a quick nap in the Cinelli HQ hallway.
 Fijate 2012 in Puerto Rico was the first time out for the new frame, and it performed admirably!  I took 2nd in the Alleycat and 1st in the Criterium.  Testing was going well, street racing and criterium racing in the same event gave me a good opportunity to stretch the frame sets legs.
 Red Hook Milan 2012 was the day before my birthday and also the first time we raced the frames on the international stage.  This was the very beginning of team tactics in Red Hook’s and we brought 5 racers out.  I remember with 2 laps to go we had all 5 guys in the front controlling the field, we felt so pro.  Until a crash going into the finish shook up the entire field, and Evan Murphy took the W in fine fashion.
 Walton really liked having brake hoods to rest on while crushing so he mounted a pair of TRP levers to his bars, even going so far as to zip tying the levers into position so they wouldn’t move.  Race officials were less than excited but since these were the early days of RHC he was allowed to race.
 Once we had ironed out some of the kinks my prototype was retired from the criterium circuit and stuck strictly to street shredding.  Alleycats, shifts on the road at TCB and courier championships like NACCC were all shredded hard as the spray paint slowly chipped away and dents began to accumulate.
 John Watson came through SF and managed to catch the build early on before it got too thrashed.  It is funny to see how build styles change over the years.  Low flange fixed/fixed DuraAce track hubs laced to Mavic CXP30’s with GXP5000 700x25c tires were the hottest wheels on the block.
 I realize now years later that I had these ergo bars turned WAY too far down, but at the time it seemed to make all the sense in the world.
 Somethings never change though.. Sugino 75 track cranks, 44RN chainring, pure class and style. I have the same body dimensions I had back then, but now I always run a set back seat post and a 110mm stem (this is a 100mm). I wonder how it would feel to ride my old set up?
 This was right before I took the leap into road pedals on my track bike, I was all ways Time ATAC on all my bikes. For work, for alleycats, for criteriums, it just made sense. But to be real I was also V scared of the road pedals and trying to clip in.    the last 4 photo’s were all by John Watson
 Once we had finalized the changes we wanted to make for production (mainly loosening the geometry to make it more stable in criterium racing) and Garret Chow had designed the graphics it was time for the team to show up and look legit.  There were only a hand full (5-6?) of these team issue pre production Parralax frames made.  The initial size run of production frames was to be even 54-56-58 but these team frames were odd 53-55-57.  To be ready in time for RHC Barcelona 2013 a few corners had to be cut as well…
 For the production models all the graphics would be properly printed and sealed onto the frames.  But for these team frames most if not all of the graphics were applied as stickers so make the deadline.  When they were new you couldn’t tell the difference at all,  very subtle lines marked where the powder coat ended and the stickers began.  Over the years time and wear have shown more clearly where the stickers were applied.  I love this detail, as it shows how hard everyone on the project worked to get things ready in time for the big debut.
 Mike had the idea to base the Parralax design on the parralax effect in photography and the artwork was an interpretation of the focal parts of a camera lens.  Garret Chow designed the frame and kits for the team to look pro AF when we showed up to RHC.
 This was our first solid push as a team for RHC so MASH went all the way with support from HED in the form of some seriously pro tubular track wheels. For all of us this was our first time racing criterium on tubular wheels and for my first foray into the world of deep dish carbon speed!     I think this is Kyles bike.
 Castelli cam through with team issue skin suits, with the exception of my MTB shoes and pedals the whole team looked super pro!
 Rainier got 3rd and Kyle got 5th  in an explosive race where longtime messenger hero FISH took an unexpected win against a stacked field.  This was the first time RHC had stopped in Barcelona and while the race was exciting the after party is what kept the race coming back.
 The team continued to campaign the team issued frames all RHC season.  For us just the feeling of suiting up in a speed suit that matched your bike, your saddle and you bar tape was a special feeling,  from street shredding to pro looking criterium ripping the Parralax project helped elevate MASH.
 Dylan was not part of the team that went to Barcelona for RHC in 2013, but he made his mark with a team issue parralax.  While a lot of frame designs in the years after we launched the parralax focused on lengthening the frames, incorporating more of a stable road bike geometry, Dylan got a hold of a team frame and relished the super steep geometry that was closer to the original prototypes.  He traveled with is team frame all over the world and continues to rip on it around SF to this day.
 I as well kept my team frame and continued to race criteriums and alleycats on it for years after the initial launch.  I still have the skin suit as well and maybe one day i’ll bring it all back out for a rip down memory lane.
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