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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.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trailnrg/6153332993/" title="First touch of fall by TrailNRG, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6175/6153332993_6770db0744.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="First touch of fall"></a>
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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
    Cane Creek S3 headset
    Reba RL 100mm
    Stans Crest wheels
    Racing Ralphs
    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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