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    David is that a dropper seatpost? I've been thinking about one of those for my El Mar. Why are you replacing it with the Thompson?

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    sure is....had it laying around and happened to be the size, stuck it on there to take a quick shot. they work well though i have a gravity dropper on a bigger bike.

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    Another Blue El Mar!

    I decided I deserved a big-wheel SS to replace my 1X1 which was gifted to my brother. I shopped around for awhile but kept on coming back to the El Mar (I am a Dos owner) with its oh-so-simple tension system. So far I'm really enjoying the ride quality and the fact that I can easily locate the bike when the daylight fades!

    Build: Salsa Frame/Fork/Stem/Post/Bars, BB7s, E.13 Cranks, and Arches laced to XT hubs.
    I really like the Salsa bend 2 handlebar---a nice bit of sweep without being an extreme alt bar (of which I've tried a few).

    Here's a crap photo: (Yes, it now has grips.)
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    Nice. Saguaro's are one of my favorite tires, especially for the rear.

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    So far, so good. We'll see how they perform when the trails are a bit more damp. I hadn't bought new tires in so long I forgot how expensive they are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razzer View Post
    Got mine built up and tested today. Very happy with it, the size is spot on. I used to have a medium Singular which was just a bit to small for this style of bike and sold it a year ago. I was a bit unsure about the stand over on the large Salsa but its fine and feels just right.

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    Now that is a sick bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoppellStereo View Post
    Now that is a sick bike!!
    Cheers
    Had it a few weeks now and love riding it. I was a bit gutted to see Salsa have just brought out a new revised frame out as soon as I have brought this one. But looking at the new one I am not planing to put a suspension fork on the frame so I don't need the tapered head tube (and even if I did I don't think I would notice the difference on a short travel fork). A rigid fork would also look a bit odd in a big head tube unless they make a tapered rigid fork?
    I also prefer the blue on the old frame compared to the slate blue on the new one. So its no issue

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    Yeah that Bomb Pop Blue is one of the best colors I've ever seen. Pictures don't do it justice, either. When you see it in real life it is just awesome.

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    Hey Razzner cool bike, front brake routing looks a bit dangerous, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VO2 Lax View Post
    Hey Razzner cool bike, front brake routing looks a bit dangerous, no?
    It looks fine to me, I run the front brake on the right so that's might be why it looks a bit odd to you.

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    Motto stylee, I noticed that. Most bikes run the cable in the center between the fork. If you're riding tight, bushy, single track, you could catch a branch, bush, or, whatever. I'm just extra cautious, that's all. But if it works for you, so be...

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    Photo of Ruby Red El Mar on my backyard trails with crappy phone cam.

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    back with my second El Mariachi. Fat Front action inside!

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    Now that is badass!!!! Are those the Salsa Bend 2 bars? Looks like so much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azbeerguy View Post
    Now that is badass!!!! Are those the Salsa Bend 2 bars? Looks like so much fun.
    On-one mary bars. I have a pair of the Bend 2 bar but I like the greater bend of the Mary bars better. Thanks!
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    Which bend are your Salsa bars? The 18 or 23 degree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by azbeerguy View Post
    which bend are your salsa bars? The 18 or 23 degree?
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    I just picked up this frame last week. The build will be slow.


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    El Mariachi Ti in his habitat

    Loving it 300 miles in. Stans' Flow/ZTR wheels, Cane Creek 110 headset, XT 3x9 drivetrain, XT hydraulic brakes, a Race Face carbon seatpost, and Fox F29 RL 100mm fork make for a nice ride. Ideally it would fit an Ardent 2.4 or a Nevegal 2.2 without the side knobs cut off in the rear, but its perfect other than that. This replaces my cracked Big Mama. For my trails, the increased pedaling efficiency and reduced weight make up for the lack of rear travel.
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    That rig is beautiful! Here's my steel El Mar from today's ride. It was the first little cool snap today in the Mid-Atlantic and you could feel fall starting to creep in. There was even a couple of leaves on the trails.

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    Here's mine.
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    Picked up the new El Mar Ti last week. Looks like it is a 2011 and 3/4. It has 2012 frame, fork, brakes, and seatpost. 2011 wheels. rides very nice
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    new el mar

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    This thread was sliding south way too fast & I don't believe I've participated since the unboxing.


    Got some new toys. Who doesn't love some squishy silicone?

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    First new ass holder in five years.

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    as it should be...

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    Yeah. I said it.

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    I still dig this rig, no matter what pnut says.

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    My 1x9 setup:

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    Look s like a proper build for racing, especially marathons.
    Planning to race it?
    I make maps and seek out adventure using a Salsa El Mariachi with a 29+ front end. Read more here:

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    Crappy I phone pic but, here's mine.

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    Better pic" width="549">

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallowedpoint View Post
    Better pic
    NOC!!!! Man, how I miss that place. Great bike too.

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    I built this one up yesterday with most of the parts recycled from a donor bike. Not had a chance for a proper ride on it yet, but it will be given a good going over on Sunday.



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    Great pics Edlisjas. That build looks amazing. I'd love to know the specifics of what's on it. Do you have a weight?

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    Great pics Edlisjas. That build looks amazing. I'd love to know the specifics of what's on it. Do you have a weight?
    Brakes: Hope Tech X2
    Shifters: XTR
    Crank: XTR/Middleburn Chainrings (2)
    Rear Derailleur: XTR
    Front Derailleur: SLX
    Wheels: Hope hubs on ZTR Crest Rim
    Stem: Syntace F119
    Handlebar: Syntace Vector Carbon
    Fork: Rockshox Reba XX
    Seatpost: Thomson
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
    Cables: Gore Ride On

    My other bike is a Niner Air9 and I Ordered a rigid Salsa fork, so I can switch forks.

    The weight is exactly 12 kg

    I love steel...

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    what does it take to convert El Mar to 1x10 ?

    I have an El Mar Ti '12 on order. Due in Jan..
    Great build, except for Formula hubs (last year were X9 hubs, I think)

    Switching to 1x10 will be priority.

    thanks for the pics...makes my wait less painful

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    For me...converting to a 1x 10 is a bit of a chore. I would prefer to remove the big ring and install a bash guard, preferably a BBG bashguard sandwich and swap the 27t ring for a 32t. But good luck in finding either of those in 3 bolt.

    I just may use the big ring as a bash (maybe even grind the teeth down) and possibly use the front derailleur as the chain guide. The 27t with the rear cogs seems to work out well for me. I would have to adjust it slightly so there is no chain rub. Pull of the front shifters and I would be good to go.

    Of course I could always just get a set of single speed cranks. and combine that with a BBG bashguard sandwich.

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    Kingbobyjr.
    The Salsa ElMar Titanium has a 4-bolt ring (steel version has the 3) . I assume this set-up has more opportunity for a 32t single ring, using a Paul's guide ?

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    Adinpapa...

    Yes it does...with 4 bolt...the world is your oyster...

    Paul's guide is one choice...there are others...

    Check out the Show pics of your 1x9 setup thread in the Drivetrain section. Lots of nice ideas there...

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    My 2011 El Mariachi Frame (charcoal grey) will be here tomorrow. The SIR9 had to go. Too much noise. Found a dealer while I was in Indianapolis that sold me the frame from a complete build and is shipping it to me. UPS says delivered by the end of the day tomorrow. I will be waiting on the new fork...Reba RL white 100mm. Build kitwill be:

    2011 El Mariachi frame
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    Stylo 1x crankset
    Surly 18t cog - actually have a 20, 19, and 18
    Stylo Stem and Seatpost
    Sette Seat
    Lizard Skins custom lock ring grips
    BB7 Brakes
    Niner Flat Top Carbon bar
    XT Pedals

    I'm pumped. Ready to ride a quiet single speed!
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    So I did notice that someone made a fat front El Mariachi and I was wondering something... I am still building my bike knowledge and was wondering, do you keep it fat front at all times or do you swap back to a normal tire and a different fork? And is it unrealistic to have two different forks? My thought was this: Have like the fargo fork with a fat tire on it for the winter times, but then swap back to a rock shock or something with a mtb tire. Or is that crazy?
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    Not crazy at all. Just get you a second crown race for your second fork so you don't have to swap it over and you're all set. Just pull one fork off and put the second one on.
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    Best news all day! Thanks AGrant
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann C View Post
    So I did notice that someone made a fat front El Mariachi and I was wondering something... I am still building my bike knowledge and was wondering, do you keep it fat front at all times or do you swap back to a normal tire and a different fork? And is it unrealistic to have two different forks? My thought was this: Have like the fargo fork with a fat tire on it for the winter times, but then swap back to a rock shock or something with a mtb tire. Or is that crazy?
    I have a fat front El Mar and what i eventually plan on doing is getting a second rear hub and lacing it up to the Sun MTX33 for full 29er use. That way I just pick the wheel I want to go with and I get the added benefit of having a much stronger 29er front wheel with the wider spacing of the rear hub that the Enabler fork requires.

    Weight wise my current fat front is about 3.5lbs more than my previous 29er wheel and I suspect that a new build would be a little closer in weight due to the rear hub instead of the front hub and longer spokes. The enabler and the cromoto are similarly enough in weight that it never concerned me.

    You could also get a Reba or whatever and a front wheel that has the same headset race as the rigid fork, and while it will require a little more work you could swap them out when needed just by removing the front brake and removing the 3 bolts on the stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunboats View Post
    Here's mine:



    Fixed? I'm thinking of trying fixed, but what do you do to avoid striking pedals on rocks?

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    Here's a few from this early morning ride.
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    I am currently waiting for my 2012 Jungle Fever Green El Mariachi frame to get here so i can build it up 1x9....................... Pics will be posted when complete...

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    Here's my new 2011 El Mariachi complete. Sorry for the lousy picture, but it just arrived today and I haven't even had a chance to take it out.
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    2012 El Mar comes in black? I thought only blue?

    Nice setups...good inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantdude View Post
    2012 El Mar comes in black? I thought only blue?

    Nice setups...good inspiration.
    If you are referring to my post above, that is a 2011.

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    Here is a sneak peek at my 2012 EL Mariachi in Jungle Fever Green.. I just got the frame last night and got all the parts on at 9pm last night.. I have some tweaking to do today and will take better pictures in the daylight





    2012 EL Mariachi with 100 mm Rock Shox Reba SL air 29er, 1x9 w/ Sram X9 34T CR and 11-34 Sram pg970 cassette, Avid Elixer 5E brakes, Velosity Blunt rims w/ DT Swiss 340 rear hubn and Sram X9 front hub, WTB Rocket V team saddle, Ergon Team Green grips.

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    Here are some better pictures in the daylight.. she is ready for her maiden voyage today...












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    Green is mean! Nice ride Amigo.

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    Great Looking green el mariachi!

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    My what a big seat bag you have. What do you have in it?
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    Is the gusset on top of the top tube new? Or is that just for larger sizes? I haven't noticed this before on any builds. Mine certainly doesn't have it...

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    oh baby

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    nice one darrin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbowen444 View Post
    Is the gusset on top of the top tube new? Or is that just for larger sizes? I haven't noticed this before on any builds. Mine certainly doesn't have it...
    looks like they started it this year with the new 44mm headtube they are using to accommodate either Standard or Tapered forks by just using a different headset. 2012 El Mariachi Lineup | Salsa Cycles

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranier View Post
    My what a big seat bag you have. What do you have in it?
    I bought this bag to use instead of a camelbak on longer trips. It has room for my tools, tube, co2, phone, wallet, keys, snacks, 1st aid kit, pretty much anything I need or would carry in my camelbak. I also have a removable extra bottle holder that fits on my handlebars so I can carry 3 large water bottles. Also, the Topeak Mondo XL seat bag does expand to even a larger size if I need it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrinw2001 View Post
    I bought this bag to use instead of a camelbak on longer trips. It has room for my tools, tube, co2, phone, wallet, keys, snacks, 1st aid kit, pretty much anything I need or would carry in my camelbak. I also have a removable extra bottle holder that fits on my handlebars so I can carry 3 large water bottles. Also, the Topeak Mondo XL seat bag does expand to even a larger size if I need it..
    oh my goodness, gorgeous bike. thanks for providing the template! hope you don't mind me cheating off you.

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    How much extra does Delta charge to check that seatpost bag?

    Great looking bike by the way. I've got a new 2011 SS El Mar that I love.
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    My New SS

    Here is my new SS El Mar. Right at 24#. Love It! First night ride tonight.
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    Havent posted a photo of this in a while and made some improvments. Now 11.3kg (24.9lb)

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    My 2012 El Mar build........

    I'm lovin' this bike so far.............


    Frame: 2012 El Mar (large 19")
    Fork: 2011 Reba RL (100mm travel // 20mm Maxle)
    Wheels: Flows on Hope Pro 2 hubs / DT Swiss spokes and nips
    Tires: Racing Ralph 2.4's front and rear (tubeless)
    Drive: 2011 XT cranks / Blackspire mono 32T / SRAM 991 chain / X9 shifter and med rear der / SRAM 990 cassette (9-speed) / cheap shimano SPD's / MRP 1X
    Bars: Loaded Precision (710mm)
    Stem: Sunline (90mm x 6*)
    Grips:Lizard Skin (Charger lock-on) - ODI bar end caps
    Headset: Cane Creek 40
    Brakes: Avid Elixer 5 (160/160)
    Seatpost: Thomson
    Seat: Serfas (Triathlon gel)
    SP clamp: Salsa Lip Lock

    Total weight: A hair under 27 pounds
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    The new blue and green are great colors. Not too loud but colorful.
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    So I finally got my wheel built up at my LBS for my fat front Mariachi... I am getting the green one, obviously. I am soooo exited.

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    Probably the smallest 29-er rider in the Dutch Mountains.

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    It's maiden voyage is scheduled before overindulging this afternoon...








    Total weight came in a hair under 24#s.

    2011 El Mariachi (med)
    Rock Shocks Sid RCT3 fork w/15mm Maxle
    Stan's Crest/3.30 wheels
    Maxxis Ikon Exo tires
    Truvativ Noir cranks
    Ritchey Comp V4 pedals
    Magura MT4 brakes w/Alligator rotors
    SRAM X0 grip shift and short cage rear derailleur
    SRAM PG990 cassette
    KMC x10sl chain
    Selle Italia SLR XC gel flow saddle
    Ergon Biokork grips
    On One Fleegle bars
    Crank Bros Cobalt headset
    Exotic Matrix II 90mm stem
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    Nice build TBarnaby!
    You obviously have quite a bit to be thankful for!
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    Thanks. I do actually have a lot to be thankful for. I have a loving wife, two great dogs and weather that will allow me to ride on Thanksgiving day in shorts.

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    TBarnaby, she's a beauty, very nice build.

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    07 El Mariachi

    Love this bike...
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    Wow, what is all that white stuff on the ground?

    That's dedication my friend, kudos.

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    Hey everyone...Im hoping some of you SS can help me out. My Mari didnt come with the rear derailleur guide on the bottom of the BB, I am trying to hunt one down for my 1x9. I have called the shop I bought it from but Im not getting much help. Im on hold with Salsa right now (going on 20 minutes), we will see. If anyone has one laying around that isnt being used I would GREATLY appreciate it...Please shoot me a PM if you can help me out

    Thanks

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    I don't think there's anything special about the cable guide they used.

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    I finally started building up my Bomb Pop Blue 2011 frame. Not much progress yet but thought I'd share.

    Blackspire ring showed up and I scrounged up some mango bolts for the 960 cranks.


    Classic, mango King headset.


    Mango King bottom bracket.


    Also got the fork and brakes in today but did not get that far.

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    Here is my ride

    Not sure if I've posted one yet, but the bike is mostly the same, except the saddle.
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    my green El Mariachi is in the stand at my bike shop right now.... I'm drooling waiting for it.
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    I am getting post happy over this but I just can't help it. I am soooo exited on how it turned out. This is my first real mtb/snow machine and I think that it came together better than all the parts looked separately.

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    Barnaby...what's the +/- on that stem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann C View Post
    I am getting post happy over this but I just can't help it. I am soooo exited on how it turned out. This is my first real mtb/snow machine and I think that it came together better than all the parts looked separately.

    Looks great, Dann C. The Mango features are a nice touch with the JFG. The Kawasaki Green RD is wild. You gotta be proud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeitlupe View Post
    Looks great, Dann C. The Mango features are a nice touch with the JFG. The Kawasaki Green RD is wild. You gotta be proud!

    Thanks! I'm going to be getting a mango salsa flip lock seat collar to go with it as well. We (me and the LBS) planned it out a few months ago and we waited and waited... I am going to disappear this weekend and that, my friend, is a good thing.
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    New 1x9 Build

    I Picked up a Slate Blue El Mar (size S) a couple of weeks ago and am waiting on the last few parts to come in before building. The build specs are as follows...

    Frame: Slate Blue El Mar, size S
    Fork: Fargo V2
    Headset: Chris King InSet I7 (black)
    BB: Chris King (black)
    Stem: Thomson 90mm 0 deg.
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite (straight)
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Flow
    Bars: Salsa Pro Moto 2 Flat, 5 deg sweep
    Grips: Salsa Juegos Des Fuegos (black)

    Brake Levers: AVID Speed Dial Ultimates
    Brakes: AVID BB7 (160 back, 180 front)
    Shifter: SRAM X9
    RD: SRAM X9 (medium cage)
    Crankset: SRAM X9 Double
    Chainring: Homebrewed Components 32T (Aluminum, silver, spiderless option)
    Chainkeeper: Pauls
    Cables/Housing: Gore Ride-On

    Rims: Stans Arch
    Spokes/Nips: DT Swiss
    Hubs: Chris King (Pewter)
    Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Evo (front and rear)

    I'm 5' 7.5" and around 140 lbs. soaking wet so the small frame should be perfect. With the Fargo fork this rig will be ideally suited for lots of bikepacking, which was the plan in the first place.

    I went with the InSet I7 headset so that I have the option of running either a straight 1 1/8" fork, like the Fargo, or a tapered suspension fork simply by using a different baseplate. Figured with the 44mm headtube I'd at least give myself the option to take advantage of it.

    The wheels came from Lacemine29. 'Nuff said.

    The only part I'm waiting on is the HBC chanring. I'll be running my cranks spiderless, so as soon as that bad boy comes in I can start the build.

    Expect lots of photos as soon as it's done.
    JMG

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    Lots of photos... Can't wait!
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    My first bike with 29s, I'm lovin everything about it. Its setup as a 1x10 right now and I think I'll probably run it singlespeed sometimes when summer rolls around. I'm thinking about swapping to some King hubs and bits as I go, any suggestions for what colors would look best with this frame?

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    Brown Chris King hubs, headset and bottombracket.

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    The mango I have on mine compliments the green super super well. I eventually want to get a BB in mango and i'm getting a salsa flip lock collar to go with it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dann C View Post
    The mango I have on mine compliments the green super super well. I eventually want to get a BB in mango and i'm getting a salsa flip lock collar to go with it too.
    Yeah, that mango looks killer against the green.
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    I do like the mango and I've been considering the brown too or maybe some of each? I've thought about pewter but that might be a bit too bland for this thing. I normally don't think about colors or looks too much but this frame just looks sweet to start with.

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    My Bomb Pop Blue frame is slowly coming together so I thought I'd post a progress picture.

    Here are the build stats:
    18" frame
    Fargo 2 fork
    King headset and BB (mango)
    Pro Moto bars.
    Stan's wheels laced to Hope hubs by Mike C
    XTR 960 cut and polished cranks
    Blackspire 32 tooth ring
    Surly 22 tooth cog
    Avid BB7 brakes
    Old SRAM ESP 9.0 carbon levers (absolutely love these things)
    Ergon GX1 grips
    Eriksen ti straight post
    White flite saddle
    Maxxis Ignitor rear tire
    Weirwolf LT 2.5 front tire


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    I was also hoping to run something past others here. My other bike is an Orbea Alma 29er with a Reba fork. I'm nervous about going from suspended to rigid. Not because of the ride (my older 26" is rigid single) but because I want this bike to feel like my Alma because I spend a lot of time on it and love the way it fits and because I have never set up a rigid bike to mimic a suspended one. If I could change one thing about my Alma it would be to have the bars just a big higher. I have 30mm of spacers under the stem on the Salsa right now and that puts the bars 5mm higher than they are on my Alma after the fork sags about 20mm. I'm also leaving 10mm above the stem on the Salsa just in case. I know this is a dumb question but I just wanted to ask if it sounded right before I cut the steerer tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeitlupe View Post
    Looks great, Dann C. The Mango features are a nice touch with the JFG. The Kawasaki Green RD is wild. You gotta be proud!
    Great looking ride you have there! I've been thinking about going with the enabler fork for some time now, how do you like it, been on any snow yet? How much for the fork/wheel and tire if you don't mind me asking?
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    she's still at the shop getting fine tuned, rode her yesterday for about an hour, man I love this bike, so glad I didnt get the Scott.
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    Broke this steed in today! All I can say is that it exceeded my expectations.

    Large frame, Whiskey front fork, full XT 2x10 (28/40x11/36).

    Thanks to the guys at Endless Cycles in Casto Valley. Great build, superb customer service.
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    Mine is done.


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    Hoping I can get some opinions on this before I move forward....

    2011 El Mari with a Fox RL100 32 that is being converted to a 1x9...My Christmas present from my GF was a set of Stans Arch rims with Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs. Im deciding on whether I should go with standard QR or replace with a 9x100 in front and 10x135 in the rear. I was thinking about just changing out the end caps and using the new Alum lever DT Swiss RWS in front and rear. Is anyone running this setup? If so, thoughts about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96p993 View Post
    Hoping I can get some opinions on this before I move forward....

    2011 El Mari with a Fox RL100 32 that is being converted to a 1x9...My Christmas present from my GF was a set of Stans Arch rims with Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs. Im deciding on whether I should go with standard QR or replace with a 9x100 in front and 10x135 in the rear. I was thinking about just changing out the end caps and using the new Alum lever DT Swiss RWS in front and rear. Is anyone running this setup? If so, thoughts about it?
    I have run the DT RWS's (the older composite ones) on a number of different bikes front and rear- they can offer some benefits- on my El Mariachi HT I did not find the rear made as much of an impact as on my old TNT Turner Sultan but when set up as a SS I liked to think it helped keep the back end tighter on out of the saddle grinds... up front it is better than a QR as it did seem to tie the dropouts together better than a QR but it has alot to do with the fork/hub interface as well. If you already have the QR Fork and don't plan on changing it out... why not-
    I Just wish I could ride more!


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    Quote Originally Posted by plantdude View Post
    Broke this steed in today! All I can say is that it exceeded my expectations.

    Large frame, Whiskey front fork, full XT 2x10 (28/40x11/36).

    Thanks to the guys at Endless Cycles in Casto Valley. Great build, superb customer service.
    How do you like that whisky fork? Seems like a solid fork at a great price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96p993 View Post
    Hoping I can get some opinions on this before I move forward....

    2011 El Mari with a Fox RL100 32 that is being converted to a 1x9...My Christmas present from my GF was a set of Stans Arch rims with Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs. Im deciding on whether I should go with standard QR or replace with a 9x100 in front and 10x135 in the rear. I was thinking about just changing out the end caps and using the new Alum lever DT Swiss RWS in front and rear. Is anyone running this setup? If so, thoughts about it?

    I run Hope II's on Arch's on my El Mar. 10x135 bolt on on the rear, 20mm T/A on the front. Makes the rear end pretty stiff.

    That is the beauty of the Hope hubs....totally convertable.

    I am now testing a set of wheels on it that require a QR on the rear, definately not as stiff as the bolt on rear.
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