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    Quote Originally Posted by forgiven_nick View Post

    Running the Bontrager Chupacabra 29x3.0 for a midfat front setup. Works amazingly well
    what rim width are you running to fit with the Chupacabra? Thinking of doing the exact same thing.
    Ride fast, ride often...and above all...just have fun doing it!!

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    I've got the velocity dually, it sets up tubeless with the chupa real nice.

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    I've searched but cannot find the El Mariachi photo thread?

    I don't know what rim width is recommended for the chupa but for the knard it is at least 35mm. The velocity dually and the p35 both fit the bill. Rabbit holes and other wider rims with standard width hubs will work too.

    I have a knard on a velocity p35 up front. Ardent in the back which has a pretty fat footprint mounted on that rim.



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    Looking for a 2015 frame large. If anyone is interested please pm me. Thanks

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    Have been tempted to buy a carbon frame for a while now, but that changes every time I take this for a ride . Most fun bike I've ever ridden.

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    This thing is awesome! totally transported me to my childhood on my steel rigid Huffy Racing50 20" bmx bike at the farm on all the gravel roads!!

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    I love ALL the Orange accent pieces!
    Ride fast, ride often...and above all...just have fun doing it!!

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    Good job!

    Here is my frankenbike El Mariachi. 29" frame, 27.5" wheels, & 26" 140mm fork

    I know this all sounds crazy, but this bike rips! BB is right at 12.3" with 2.25 racing ralphs. Bike is 25.25lbs as it sits, but I'll be adding a dropper post so it will probably end up a little over 26lbs.

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    Way to stick it to convention and warranty threats, manwithnoname!

    Let me know if your headtube snaps off. If not then there's no holding any of us back from throwing 120mm pikes on!

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    Thanks JHCreighton. Not too worried about the headtube. The a-c on the 26" Fox at 140mm is 510mm vs 506mm on the 29" Reba at 100mm. Factor in the extra sag on the Fox and really the angles & geometry on the bike haven't changed much at all. Just lighter more nimble wheels, and a nice plush front end!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHCreighton View Post
    Way to stick it to convention and warranty threats, manwithnoname!

    Let me know if your headtube snaps off. If not then there's no holding any of us back from throwing 120mm pikes on!
    I actually have a 120 pike and tried it on mine. It just felt weird and wrong. YMMV but it didn't work for me
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    Untitled by philsherwin, on Flickr

    My '14 SS is still going strong. Had a lot of great rides on this thing! Changes so far from stock are: Hope BB, SLX cranks, Hope hubs, Chronicle front on LB carbon rim and a cheap and wide bar from on-one!

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    The many lives of an El Mariachi-

    I have never had a bike that is more versitle than my El Mariachi(s) I have posted a portion of this sometime back some where in this thread much of my musings are backed by pics) but as my 08' Mariachi morphs yet again...
    SS rigid
    1x9 rigid
    1x9 hardtail
    2x9 rigid
    2x9 Hardtail
    1x10 Hardtail
    1x10 321 Lefty
    1x11 321 Lefty
    Carbon bars, Steel bars
    Fat front with an enabler fork
    29+ front end with stock forknand dually
    More parts tried and tested and some worn out...

    Still kicking and of all things a 3x9 in progress to serve as a bike packing rig for gravel and single track- not too many 8 year old bikes still kicking and viable, wide rims and 2.3+ no problem, racks, fenders etc- great bike and still a blast to ride-
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    I Just wish I could ride more!


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    New Surly cheater bar. The silver doesn't quite match my Thomson stuff, but it's more comfortable than the old carbon bars I had.
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    Just had my first ride on my new (for me) El Mar.

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    Better in every way than my old bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zdaw73 View Post
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    Better in every way than my old bike.
    What fork is that, that you are running?
    Ride fast, ride often...and above all...just have fun doing it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scou7 View Post
    What fork is that, that you are running?
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    love this bikeThe El Mariachi photo thread!-img_0376.jpg

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    Another Ruby Red '08

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    From this summer

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    My '13 El Mar on the Colorado Trail. It was nearly perfect.
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    The El Mariachi photo thread!-12783236_1973455792880277_1847347892_n.jpg
    New Bike Day. Rides Like A Dream.

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    The El Mariachi photo thread!-fake_crash.jpg

    Hey Salsa Gang, I confess this pic was faked for fun - my riding buddies thought it would reflect reality better than picturing me upright.

    I've had 2 Salsas for some time now and am a Salsa fan. I previously rode a 26" Turner DW Flux but I think the 29" Salsas suite my non-technical riding better.

    This is my classic (obsolete) straight headtube El-Mar Ti. Orginally I had it with 100mm Fox forks, but I converted it for road rides with the Cromoto fork. One day I thought I'd give it a go as a full on rigid mtb and I haven't looked back since. I do also have 2012 a spearfish for rougher trails but I ride the El-Mar 90-95% of the the time and love it.

    2 months back I got a new front wheel built up with an Easton Arc 30 rim (30mm internal width). I'm using the same Hans Dampt 2.35 I was with the previous Arch Ex rim, The increased width means the tyre looks way bigger and I've been running it between 20 and 18 psi (instead of 24psi with the Arch) for increased comfort. I may experiment with 40mm or 50mm rims in futures but I'm pretty happy with things as they are so no panic there. Also I tried wider tyres on the rear with a 27.5-inch Arch 27 rim (chubby), but I felt that slowed me down so I returned to the orginal 29er Halo Vapour wheel Nobby Nic @ 25psi.
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    Just picked up a '13 El Mar. I bought it with the stock build so that I can have gears, but for now it's going to stay in single speed mode. I've been coveting an El Mariachi for a couple years, and while I would have preferred a '14 (for the slightly shorter chainstays and orange frame), I'm really happy with this one, especially for the deal that I got.

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    Fast

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    Finally pulled the trigger on an El Mar! I've wanted an Orange but dealer had told me the frames were all gone. Now they are closing out the completes. Good time to get one if you are considering it.

    This bike is fast. I increased my average time on my local trail by almost 2 miles an hour and climbed a section I was never able to before on my FSR-XC full suspension. It was such a blast to ride, bieng new to 29's and having only owned a 91 Stumpjumper (rigid) and a 99' Stumpjumper(FS). I am really happy with the way it rides.

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    Just ordered a 27.5 velocity Blunt35 wheelset and Trailblazer 27.5x2.8 tires to run on my El Mar. Super excited! Was a little concerned about BB clearance but have been assured by others who made this conversion it will be a non-issue. Will post pics when up and running.

    Love my El Mar and the many ways it can be built up!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wahday View Post
    Just ordered a 27.5 velocity Blunt35 wheelset and Trailblazer 27.5x2.8 tires to run on my El Mar.
    Nice. After riding a 27.5+ for the last few weeks, I would do the same thing if I had an El Mar. Let us know how you like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BmoreKen View Post
    Is this a 27.5+ setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnniewalker View Post
    Is this a 27.5+ setup?
    No. That's a Bontrager Chupacabra 29x3 on a WTB Asym i35. Rides great! Provides some cush but still lightweight and agile.

    Rear is 29" with regular wheel/tire.


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    Has anyone seen the 2016 brown X7 model EM? What's the status on its availability?
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    27.5+ Only one ride but so great.


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    MT66 tubeless?

    Hey Folks,
    I am having a very difficult time setting up my ElMar tubeless. The MT66's have spoke hole caps that seem to sit above the surface of the rim. Is there a chance they simply didn't get seated correctly at the factory? We were able to get the front tire to seat but have tried everything but letting it sit overnight with the tube in. I'm wondering if the caps couldn't be removed altogether, if not, driven in to be flush? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    On mine I removed the caps and used gorilla tape. I never got it to work with the caps installed.

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    The El Mariachi photo thread!-rol-cuyamel-en-salsa.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffallodan View Post
    Hey Folks,
    I am having a very difficult time setting up my ElMar tubeless. The MT66's have spoke hole caps that seem to sit above the surface of the rim. Is there a chance they simply didn't get seated correctly at the factory? We were able to get the front tire to seat but have tried everything but letting it sit overnight with the tube in. I'm wondering if the caps couldn't be removed altogether, if not, driven in to be flush? Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
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    I put a layer of gorilla tape over the existing caps and tape to tighten up the fit and had good luck setting up tubeless.

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    We removed the tape and spoke caps today and re-taped the rims. The tires seated very easily once those caps were removed. Looking forward to my next ride with RR's and tubeless setup!

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    New to the forum as well as new to Salsa bikes, but heard a ton of greats things. Traded my Scott in and just picked this up and so looking forward to riding. Rode maybe 5 km the other week and got snow again...

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    Here is my 2013 El Mariachi. Reba fork, Stan's wheels, and rear Alternator Thru axle conversion...
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    Do you notice a difference with the rear TA over the QR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by live2play View Post
    Do you notice a difference with the rear TA over the QR?
    Not really!

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    I have been bugging a good friend to sell me this frame for a while and he finally gave in.

    Built up with some spare parts I had laying around

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_w_sage View Post
    I have been bugging a good friend to sell me this frame for a while and he finally gave in.

    Built up with some spare parts I had laying around

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    Nice looking ride. Is that a 29 plus tire in the front or am I just seeing things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaskar24 View Post
    Nice looking ride. Is that a 29 plus tire in the front or am I just seeing things?
    Yep. I had the extra front end from my krampus laying around after I switched to a lefty on my other 29+ bike

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    El Mar Trail

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    Here is my El Mar.. in action! This thing landed me on the podium at Sea Otter hardtail DH race last week, third, yew! Quick photo from some sniper night practice.

    The olive green has an incredible sparkle gloss finish in the sunlight. So good!

    This did start as a stock SS... and the only parts that remain are the front wheel, headset, brakes, and seat. Quick upgrades that made this thing more trail is the 130mm 34 fork (slack plz), the 142x12mm dropout kit with Shimano Zee 10 spd drivetrain, Hope Pro2 Evo Hub, the PNW components dropper seatpost (yes 27.2), and the 35mm thick, 740mm wide carbon Santa Cruz bars and 50mm RaceFace Stem. Oh and the 2.4 meats make a difference.

    Very stoked on how this rig shreds, absolutely pinned.
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    I've searched but cannot find the El Mariachi photo thread?





    27.5+ el mariachi = joy


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    Here's my 2016 El Mar in a component test pic:

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    Getting the tubeless wheels set up was a PITA but I stuck with it and they're holding air so far.

    I need to shorten the rear disc brake cable, install all the gear cables, connect the chain and cut the steering tube but I'm liking it so far.

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