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    Steel corrosion on Salsa El Mar?

    Thinking of buying a Salsa El Mariachi - first choice: steel over ti because of the $$. I have some really light parts I can build it with, so no concern w/ weight - instead I'm wondering about corrosion issues, and will I regret being a cheap skate in 5 years. Some specifics:

    * I live in Colorado where it's pretty dry. But when it does rain, ho boy.
    * I will never wash the bike with water if I can help it.
    * Bike will see all kinds of riding/terrain, from short hammers on rock gardens to multi-day bike packing on dirt roads.

    I know the type of steel matters. Specs say:

    "Proprietary Kung Fu tubing (Seamless, Triple-Butted, Japanese-made Sanko)"

    ... which means nothing to me. Will I regret not buying the ti? Other thoughts? Thanks. Scooter.

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    To me, the price difference between them really doesn't give me the desire to spring for a ti frame. Don't worry about rusting, it'll rust if you leave it out and never take care of it... in about 20 years. Even if it does rust and you keep on neglecting it you could just buy another steel frame and be way under what you would have paid for a ti frame.

    I love steel coming from an aluminum frame. It absorbs a lot more and isn't nearly as stiff. If I ever by another HT frame, it will most def be steel. I have a feeling I'll be moving to FS with my new Sortie coming in. But I'll keep one in the stable to get those epic lines.

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    Thanks. I think it's gonna be steel.

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    If you are "never gonna wash it" get ti! Really dirty bikes need to be cleaned to work right. Just use some frame saver and you are good to go...

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    Buy steel, spray the inside with Framesaver or T9 and forget about it.
    "Big Gulps huh?...Allllriggghhht....Welp, See ya later!"

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    Yeah, if you do a good job with Framesaver you'll be good to go.

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    You don't even need frame saver unless your a jackass and leave you bike in the snow for a season and literally don't touch it.

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