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    Trails are wet but gravel is good to go.

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    Picked mine up from my LBS 4 days ago, taken it in two short rides and so far I am loving it, still not sure if medium is right or a little small for me, bit at a close out price, I can't complain



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vto2.0 View Post
    Picked mine up from my LBS 4 days ago, taken it in two short rides and so far I am loving it, still not sure if medium is right or a little small for me, bit at a close out price, I can't complain



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    That's a nice color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx138 View Post
    That's a nice color.

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    Thanks, was really looking for a color that would stand out. Never owned a Salsa before but I am glad I bought it

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    Here's my El Mar. I won the bike at the Burleigh County Cup gravel race. Loving it! Can't get the picture rotated correctly.
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    Turd Ferguson

    Thought I'd show off the wife's new build, "Turd Ferguson"

    She was hooked on the brown frame so our LBS was nice enough to order both a frame and an X7 build and sell us the brown frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanofChaos View Post
    Thought I'd show off the wife's new build, "Turd Ferguson"

    She was hooked on the brown frame so our LBS was nice enough to order both a frame and an X7 build and sell us the brown frame

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    Need a picture of someone riding it with a giant foam cowboy hat.

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    My fave bike for local trails: old skinny headtube El-Mar. I got the frame with suspension fork from ebay in early 2012 when (to my surprise) no one else bid on it. I'm not certain of the year of manufacture. I got the rigid fork a couple of years back to see if I liked it: I do.

    I'm not a total masochist so I have a mk.1 Spearfish for faster more demanding trails, but I ride the El-Mar most of the time.

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    Purple oval chainring (brings out my feminine side) & wider Easton Arc 30 rim for front wheel. I may try full 29+ front in future.

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    Sweet looking ride and what a nice trail to pick flowers 😆

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    Any suggestions for a narrow-wide other than wolf tooth for converting my shimano deore crank to a 1x10? Sorry newby here, woop woop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vto2.0 View Post
    Any suggestions for a narrow-wide other than wolf tooth for converting my shimano deore crank to a 1x10? Sorry newby here, woop woop

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    Absolute black, what tooth count are you going with?

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    I was thinking 30 or 32, will I need to run a chain guide?

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    I am running one of there rings without a guide and have an XT clutched derailleur out back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx138 View Post
    Absolute black, what tooth count are you going with?

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    +1 for Absolute Black. I run an oval 34t on my SS and love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdss View Post
    +1 for Absolute Black. I run an oval 34t on my SS and love it.
    Yes. Mine is the 32t oval, took me a few rides to like the oval but it really helps on climbs.

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    I might give it a try as my LBS offered me a wolf tooth narrow wide for $60, I was looking for more options and since my cranks bolt pattern is 4x96 didn't know how hard a one by is to come by

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    Any suggestions or huge difference between the 32T and 34T? I watched a video and it said that the 32T gives you 30 on one side and 34 on the or at least is what it's going to seem like, I don't know much about that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vto2.0 View Post
    Any suggestions or huge difference between the 32T and 34T? I watched a video and it said that the 32T gives you 30 on one side and 34 on the or at least is what it's going to seem like, I don't know much about that

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    It sort of like that but what you should get is up to you and what trails you ride. Personally I would go 32t but that's because I tried a 34t round ring and it was not low enough for me on climbs.

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    That's what I was afraid of, not being low enough and my legs are not strong enough yet, so your answer helps, 32T it is

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    Alright I see the absolute black oval chainring 96 bcd on chain reaction for $50 will I need bolts or the ones on my shimano deore xt should work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx138 View Post
    It sort of like that but what you should get is up to you and what trails you ride. Personally I would go 32t but that's because I tried a 34t round ring and it was not low enough for me on climbs.

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    So I picked up the absolute black oval chainring in a 96bcd as its what it states on the shimano site and what my LBS says I have on my salsa, well it's not looking like it's in line, now I'm a bit worried, did I get the right one?

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    What crank do you have?

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    Shimano deore is currently on there

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    There should be a number on it, if you can't find it what year and level El Mariachi do you have? Assuming you have the stock crank.

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    2015 el mariachi 3 stock everything

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    If you look on the back of the drive side crank arm does it have a number like in this picture?


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    Yes sir, I know I saw them, im not near my bike to read them off if you needed the numbers

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    When you can post the number up, and we can figure out what you need.

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    This what it's showing



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    Did you get this one?
    http://www.jensonusa.com/!WnET5KAn58...FU6VfgodxGQB2g


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    Yeah, looks like it, is that the wrong one?

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    Yes I think so, that is asymmetrical for the new Shimano cranks.

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    #FAIL that's what I get for listening to the people from the shop who say they know best, well I better ask for an exchange and get the right one, Thou they have this one in a 94mm or a 104mm didn't see 96mm

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    I'm getting on quite well with a Works Components 32T Oval and 11-36 10 speed cassette. It does seem to distribute the torque a bit more smoothly. I find with the single ring, I do more standing, but I kind of like that. (I hardly used to do any standing with a triple). I haven't tried the single ring on the hardest climbs, (because I take my full sus bike to Wales and up North) but I'm guessing there are a few that I may not make with the current 11-36 setup. When I replace my standard Shimano cassette I'm planning to try a SunRace 11-40 or 42. If I get a 42 I may have to modify my rear mech. I'm planning to get the maxium value from 10 speed before swapping to 11 spd at some point, so the SunRace cassette will keep this cheapskate on 10 speed transmissions for yet another season. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx138 View Post
    Yes I think so, that is asymmetrical for the new Shimano cranks.

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    Well, seems like chain reaction sent the wrong one, so they are going to exchange it for a oneup oval chainring 32T, glad they have a good return policy, so I will update here once I get it going and all settled in. Thanks again for your help and info thx138

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    The El Mariachi photo thread!-20160720_172558.jpg
    Arc+35 rims, 2.4 in the back and 3.0 in the front. The rear hub is an Alfine 8. After many miles as a single speed it feels like a tractor but I am finding it confidence inspiring in the rough and technical.

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    Well ended up with a OneUp components 32T Oval Chainring and so far, it's looking like a winner. The El Mariachi photo thread!-uploadfromtaptalk1469793616638.jpgThe El Mariachi photo thread!-uploadfromtaptalk1469793624981.jpg


    And this happened today


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    Had the light blue El Mariachi 3 but my girl loved riding it so.... I decided to pick up the green El Mariachi 2 on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vto2.0 View Post
    Well ended up with a OneUp components 32T Oval Chainring and so far, it's looking like a winner. Click image for larger version. 

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    And this happened today


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    So how is the niner fork?

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    Amazing, I mean I prefer rigid and this fork so far has delivered, absorbs vibration well, I didn't have to do anything special, it was just swap and go, took it to the LBS so they can double check the noob work, but all was well, now weighing 26 pounds

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    How much did it weigh before? Loose about 2 pounds? I hate the Fox fork that came on mine and want to try the whiskey fork with a plus tire up front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx138 View Post
    How much did it weigh before? Loose about 2 pounds? I hate the Fox fork that came on mine and want to try the whiskey fork with a plus tire up front.

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    I think it weighed closer to 30-31 when new, but after a carbon handlebar, pedals, single gear upfront and removing all the cables and the good stuff and the fork, saved me about 5 pounds. The rock shock for me wasn't bad, but I would always ride it locked and someone wanted to do a straight trade, so I went for it and no regrets. My LBS suggested a whisky fork, nothing but good things were said about it, I'd go for it if I had to buy new

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx138 View Post
    So how is the niner fork?

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    No idea, that bikes never been ridden.

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    Now running on 1x10 (28T/12-36) - got rid of fd and front shifter; installed a jump stop and using the outer ring as bashguard. This is just temporary while waiting for a FSA 30T 86mm bcd..










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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Dunlop01 View Post
    No idea, that bikes never been ridden.

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    It sure doesn't

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    haha, i'm just being a dick. It's so clean though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Dunlop01 View Post
    haha, i'm just being a dick. It's so clean though!
    I'm not mad, because I know I need to ride more, still new at it aka 2 month old newbie woop woop, so I keep it clean thou lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Dunlop01 View Post
    haha, i'm just being a dick. It's so clean though!
    Hey Fuzzy, the ride has been dusty lately but it's this better? Lol

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    I love this bike. No sure why Salsa dropped it.


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