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    Yeah, everything is solid. Only thing I might do is try a shorter stem. I couldn't do the white either. So hard to keep clean!

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

    Here is a picture of my new tie on my El Mariachi Ti.

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    2013 el mariachi

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    Siiiick.
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    El Mariachi SS by Sven98, on Flickr
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    Picked up my EM3 this weekend. Super excited to get it on the trails. Stock build with a CK headset. Definitely room to upgrade in order to keep the weight down. The stormy blue is great - as someone mentioned earlier it's got that Bass Boat Blue feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heat View Post
    Picked up my EM3 this weekend. Super excited to get it on the trails. Stock build with a CK headset. Definitely room to upgrade in order to keep the weight down. The stormy blue is great - as someone mentioned earlier it's got that Bass Boat Blue feel.

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    I've had mine for a few months... And a 1,000 fun filled miles! About the only thing I've added is a cap mount water bottle cage, so I can take 3 for longer rides. Enjoy!

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    2014 El Mariachi Titanium Build

    1st post at the MTBR Forums...definitely a big help in the selection of the new bike. A couple of months ago, I purchased the 2014 Titanium El Mariachi...I have about 800 miles of AZ Desert trials on the El Mar now and have never ridden a more fun bike! So much so that I sold the Specialized FSR Expert due to neglect
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    - XT Cranks, Cassette, Rear Derailure, 180mm Rotors
    - Salsa Salt Flat Titanium Bars
    - Salsa Regulator Titanium Seat Post
    - WTB Pure V Seat
    - Roval Traverse Carbon Fattie Wheels
    - Ground Controler 2.3 Tires...little heavy but ton's of desert trail traction
    - Ergon 3 grips/bar ends...nice for long rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt-Salsa View Post
    1st post at the MTBR Forums...definitely a big help in the selection of the new bike. A couple of months ago, I purchased the 2014 Titanium El Mariachi...I have about 800 miles of AZ Desert trials on the El Mar now and have never ridden a more fun bike! So much so that I sold the Specialized FSR Expert due to neglect
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    - XT Cranks, Cassette, Rear Derailure, 180mm Rotors
    - Salsa Salt Flat Titanium Bars
    - Salsa Regulator Titanium Seat Post
    - WTB Pure V Seat
    - Roval Traverse Carbon Fattie Wheels
    - Ground Controler 2.3 Tires...little heavy but ton's of desert trail traction
    - Ergon 3 grips/bar ends...nice for long rides
    Damn. That is a sweet build!

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    My Salsa.


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    Lovin' the love for the Ti-Mars!

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



    Made a few upgrades to my 3.
    New Reba, XT RD, SLX Crank, XT Cassette. Added wheels, slx brakes, seatpost and stem last year.
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    The El Mariachi photo thread!-img_20150412_120415.jpg


    Another one. Loving the bike.

    I traded in a 2015 One 9 RDO frame for this frame. I'm so happy I did.
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    The El Mariachi photo thread!-elmar-carbon-wheels.jpg

    2012 El Mariachi
    Carbonbicycle 30mm rims
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    x9 shifter
    Esi chunky grips

    Still stock
    Elixir 1 brakes, they have been good enough, surprisingly. I think I am one of the few people in the world that havent had problems with them.
    WTB pure v saddle, very nice saddle
    Salsa pro moto handlebar, nice and wide
    Stock hubs, meh. good enough, will ride them till they bust.


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    Thinking about a TI El Mariachi frame to build SS. Any comments Ti over steel? Like flex ,weight, stiffness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancruz View Post
    Thinking about a TI El Mariachi frame to build SS. Any comments Ti over steel? Like flex ,weight, stiffness?
    It's less weight than a steel frame, I can't comment on how much less but my geared El Mariachi Ti is much lighter than my Haro Mary SS. It has a good amount flex but in a good way.

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    Birdss...Was thinking of the One 9. But when I saw the Ti El Mar I fell in love. Any comments on why you like it better then the One9? It looks Awesome.
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    Thx138..Thanks...was hoping for a stiffer ride.
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    Been a while since my last post but...

    ... here's my updated 2012 Ti El Mar. I've been running it 8sp for the past couple years, but recently "upgraded" it to 9sp. Still as awesome as ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancruz View Post
    Thinking about a TI El Mariachi frame to build SS. Any comments Ti over steel? Like flex ,weight, stiffness?
    I came from an Air 9 RDO and have never ridden a steel frame. My other bike is a SS Alum Stumpy.

    I would not say the Ti Mar is flexy and I feel it climbs much better than my A9RDO ever did. Maybe this is where the 'flex' is a benefit as I feel like the rear wheel hold the ground much better. After riding 30-40 miles, the bike just wants more. Yes I have gained some weight over a carbon frame, but a super light bike isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

    I've not noticed and side to side flex and I run a 34x17/18 gear combo on my SS. I feel when I stand and mash on the Ti Mar, that the power is transferred straight into rear tire pushing me forward. My Ti Mar is currently setup with a 1x11 and 142 alternators, which maybe add to the lateral stiffness.

    Overall, I love the bike and it makes me wanna try a steel bike to see what the word is about.

    I would try one out. I see that you ride a SC Highball, and I've heard that is one of the stiffer rides out there. The Ti may not compair, but could very well compliment.
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    Thanks Birdss,,,,Think I will try TI....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dancruz View Post
    Thinking about a TI El Mariachi frame to build SS. Any comments Ti over steel? Like flex ,weight, stiffness?
    My Ti El-Mar (which is ss- pics further up the thread^^) replaced a Karate Monkey which I loved. In fact, I still love it, just I now love it with a 3x9 gearset for the days I am too lazy or weak to ride ss!
    There is definitely less side to side flex in the El-Mar when I am honking, but it feels just as comfy as the Monkey ever did. As far as weight goes the El-Mar is not stupidly light. In fact, it's not all that light at all, but if you want light go build a plastic bike. If you want the sexiest damn singlespeed in town, then a Ti-Mar is a good starting point! lol

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    Running the Bontrager Chupacabra 29x3.0 for a midfat front setup. Works amazingly well
    I make maps and seek out adventure using a Salsa El Mariachi with a 29+ front end. Read more here:

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    I traded in a 2015 One 9 RDO frame for this frame. I'm so happy I did.
    What do you like better about the EM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalsaJoe View Post
    What do you like better about the EM?
    Yeah, what he asked! I'm interested in the answer to this question, too.r

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    ENVE MTN Fork added to the El Mariachi !

    1st post at the MTBR Forums...definitely a big help in the selection of the new bike. A couple of months ago, I purchased the 2014 Titanium El Mariachi...I have about 800 miles of AZ Desert trials on the El Mar now and have never ridden a more fun bike! So much so that I sold the Specialized FSR Expert due to neglect
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    - XT Cranks, Cassette, Rear Derailure, 180mm Rotors
    - Salsa Salt Flat Titanium Bars
    - Salsa Regulator Titanium Seat Post
    - WTB Pure V Seat
    - Roval Traverse Carbon Fattie Wheels
    - Ground Controler 2.3 Tires...little heavy but ton's of desert trail traction
    - Ergon 3 grips/bar ends...nice for long rides[/QUOTE]

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    Update: sold the Fox Float and got the new Enve Mountain Fork. The ride quality is off the chart...with the Ti frame, WTB Pure V seat, 2.3 Tires (low pressure,) Ergon Grips, and a kick butt carbon fork...made an incredible ride even better. No more fork flex front to back, reaching down to change the CTD setting, diving when too much front brake...etc etc. Weight is down to 23 lbs. Have the Whiskey 50 coming up this week...will let you know if I still love the new fork after that...a real test.

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    Nice! Where do you ride in AZ? I'll be getting my 2014 El Mar Ti in a couple weeks and moving to Tucson (from Denver) in the fall. Whiskey 50 is the only thing I've done in AZ so far, so I'm excited to find places where the ElMar will shine. Things are so damn rocky here that only a few places favor a hardtail.

    Thinking of adding a 120 Pike though. I kind of love this length and it seems that several folks have used a 120 with no issues. (correct me if I'm wrong)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdemars View Post
    Thinking of adding a 120 Pike though. I kind of love this length and it seems that several folks have used a 120 with no issues. (correct me if I'm wrong)
    Been running a Reba set at 110mm for years on my El mar...hasnt caused any issues. Pike would be a killer upgrade!
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    I ride mostly East Mesa - Hawes and Usery...some McDowells and South Mountain. I have found that for 90% of the riding the rigid El Mar Ti is awesome! The other 10% I just slow down a bit. Have about 200 miles on Enve Fork now and love it. The El Mar Ti was so great I completely stopped riding my 2013 FSR Stumpy Expert EVO and sold it

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHCreighton View Post
    Yeah, what he asked! I'm interested in the answer to this question, too.r
    What I specifically like better about the Ti Mar.

    Ride quality is superb. Coming from a super stiff O9RDO. I can ride the Ti Mar longer and just as fast.

    Handling is excellent and it's pretty much a point and shoot kinda bike.

    Seems more forgiving when in rocky, technical sections. This bike is solid.

    The ride is much quiter than the O9RDO ever was. Blame the carbon and internal cables, also every time the chain engaged the rear hub, the bike would resinate a clunk.

    I've got about 400 miles on my Ti Mar, the O9RDO didn't even make 250, my A9C only lasted 850. I'm confident this bike will go the distance.

    I was able to trade my warrantied frame for my Ti Mar frame. I've swapped all the parts but replaced:
    Niner Flat Top Carbon for Thomson Ti Bar
    Niner RDO Stem for Thomson X4 90mm 0 degree
    Niner Carbon Seatpost for Thomson Elite Setback

    The only thing left on the bike that's Niner is the YAWYD.

    I got sucked into the whole carbon, light bike, $$$, latest and greatest gear epidemic, only to find out that I was still faster on my 2010 Stumpy SS than my $5k+ Carbon 1x11 O9RDO.

    Just riding the El Mar puts a smile on my face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdss View Post
    I got sucked into the whole carbon, light bike, $$$, latest and greatest gear epidemic... Just riding the El Mar puts a smile on my face.
    I sold my 2012 El Mar. When I got another HT it was carbon. Yeah it was light and worked great, but something just felt wrong. I never worried about carbon on my FS bikes but the hardtail felt sort of fragile and soulless. Just ordered a 2014 model El Mar Ti and the stoke is high

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    ...I don't miss the 80mm Reba or those Race Kings though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt-Salsa View Post
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    Update: sold the Fox Float and got the new Enve Mountain Fork. The ride quality is off the chart...with the Ti frame, WTB Pure V seat, 2.3 Tires (low pressure,) Ergon Grips, and a kick butt carbon fork...made an incredible ride even better. No more fork flex front to back, reaching down to change the CTD setting, diving when too much front brake...etc etc. Weight is down to 23 lbs. Have the Whiskey 50 coming up this week...will let you know if I still love the new fork after that...a real test.

    Awesome, man! I'm lovin' the Ti & carbon fork setup as well.



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    Black Canyon Trail in AZ.

    I love this freekin bike!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdss View Post
    Black Canyon Trail in AZ.

    I love this freekin bike!!!!!
    Nice! '14 Ti ElMar twin will be there this fall. Good to know the beast loves the desert I've heard lots of good things about that trail too!
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    2014 el mar ss with an alfine 8 for the hills.

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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
    Was considering this setup. What size tire outback? And, how has the handling changed going to 29+ up front? thanks, -M.

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    I managed to fit a 29X3.0 VEE Rubber Trax Fatty in the back of my El Mariachi with decent clearance. No rub, even on hard turns. Front is a Knard. Rims are Velocity P35s.

    The Trax Fatty tread does not extend very far down the sidewalls and this is what makes it possible to run these tires in the back with the alternator dropouts all the way back. Neither the Knard nor the Chupacabra will fit.

    I only just got this up and running and so have not logged many miles. But I thought people might be interested. So far, its an exciting ride! Managed to get them set up tubeless as well. Even with these heftier wheels, its still a little lighter than my all-stock 2011 Giant Anthem X2 29er...

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    The El Mariachi photo thread!-elsmall.jpg

    Can anyone spot something unusual?

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    Flat ole green Mariachi
    I Just wish I could ride more!


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    you got a flat...
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    Yes, flat. Left the patch in my car. Pushed all the way back from trail end.

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    Still running tubes?

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    Will convert the rims to tubeless once the Stan's rim tape arrived.

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    Got my SS back from the shop the other day. Went with as much polished aluminum stuff that I could get that was made in the US. I still need a CK headset but I haven't broken the current one.

    Cranks are White Industries 172.5 road cranks because that's a better length for me.

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    Wheels are Paul single speed (20T White trials freewheel) to Velocity Blunt SS rims. They're pretty sexy.

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    Brakes are last year's XTs. Might have gone with the new Paul Klampers but I didn't know if there would be a mountain version or when they'd come out.

    Also, sorry for the quality of the pics. I uploaded them to FB with my phone and downloaded them to my computer because I'm lazy.
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pebbles View Post
    My SS upgrade! The color on this thing is great. Kinda dark grey or black in the shade, then dark green with metal flake in the sun!
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    MOAR Pictures please! I'm actually contemplating this ride, just not entirely sure about the color. The Hubs and Bar are orange, right? Good to hear it rides solid, I'm contemplating if i need a suspension fork or just suck it up and go rigid!
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    So I've had it for 5 months. Great bike! Within the first month I replaced the chain with a 1/2 link. The original stretched like crazy. Then I replaced the stem and handle bar with a shorter stem and riser bar. This was after a couple months with the original, just seems more comfy this way. Lastly, replaced the chainring with a Surly stainless steel after the original was chewed up. This bike jumps/bunny-hops well for a 29er, too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pebbles View Post
    So I've had it for 5 months. Great bike! Within the first month I replaced the chain with a 1/2 link. The original stretched like crazy. Then I replaced the stem and handle bar with a shorter stem and riser bar. This was after a couple months with the original, just seems more comfy this way. Lastly, replaced the chainring with a Surly stainless steel after the original was chewed up. This bike jumps/bunny-hops well for a 29er, too.


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    Thanks for the updates and pictures! I was worried the color was going to be to bright... but in these pictures it shows just like you previously stated, dark in the shadows and brighter in the light. I like it!!! Now just has to call the LBS and see what kind of deal they'll give me... then have to convince the wife...
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    got out of the heat and did some riding in Flagstaff AZ around Mt. Elden.
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    Here's my '12 El Mar.. got a great price discount for this here in our lbs..

    Better post it now while it's still sparkly shiny..







    My dream-come-true bike!

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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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    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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    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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    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
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    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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    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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    Better in every way than my old bike.
    What fork is that, that you are running?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scou7 View Post
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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!-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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    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.
    Thanks,
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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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    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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