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    Quote Originally Posted by roman View Post
    How do you like that whisky fork? Seems like a solid fork at a great price.
    Very happy with it. Stiff but forgiving at the same time. Super responsive and it really holds a line through turns. Build quality seems to be really good.

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    Quick question - what size frame do you have there? Just placed my order for a small and am anxiously awaiting it! Curious if that's a small or xs. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticCat500 View Post
    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.
    Sorry, meant to ask about the size of this fine lookin' El Mar. Thanks!

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    Posted it before

    Here is better picture after some upgrades
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    Quote Originally Posted by fire_lantern View Post
    Sorry, meant to ask about the size of this fine lookin' El Mar. Thanks!
    sorry fire, I missed this, thats a small frame....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticCat500 View Post
    sorry fire, I missed this, thats a small frame....
    Great, thanks for letting me know. I've ordered my small El Mar and am just waiting for it to arrive. Nice seeing what it's going to look like! Man, the waiting is killing me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire_lantern View Post
    Great, thanks for letting me know. I've ordered my small El Mar and am just waiting for it to arrive. Nice seeing what it's going to look like! Man, the waiting is killing me....

    fire, Awesome! What color did you opt for? Give a lil input on the build unless this is a secret....lol. Hoping to get mine soon...waiting for a couple things to come in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticCat500 View Post
    fire, Awesome! What color did you opt for? Give a lil input on the build unless this is a secret....lol. Hoping to get mine soon...waiting for a couple things to come in.
    Ha! No secret at all, thanks for asking about details. In the end, I opted for the green El Mar 3 full build rather than building up from scratch. I'm sure it won't stay stock long, but only only planning to swap out the stem for a Thomson 70mm, and perhaps bar and seat, but waiting til it's in hand. Will certainly post pics once I have it, though may be a little while before it's actually in hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire_lantern View Post
    Ha! No secret at all, thanks for asking about details. In the end, I opted for the green El Mar 3 full build rather than building up from scratch. I'm sure it won't stay stock long, but only only planning to swap out the stem for a Thomson 70mm, and perhaps bar and seat, but waiting til it's in hand. Will certainly post pics once I have it, though may be a little while before it's actually in hand.
    p.s. Current plan is to run the 2X10 in the summer and SS during the winter.

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    Cool Thread here..

    Here is what I build up for my girl. It was her Christmas present. She loved it. Has nothing but good to say about the ride quality and handling of this bike. I'm curious now, I might have to build me up a SS shortly here, haha. The total weight of her bike is 26.5 lbs (with tubes).

    Small 2011 Frame BP Blue (16")
    08 Reba SL Fork (80mm)
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    08 Avid Juicy 5 brakes
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    Vuelta XRP Team Superlite wheelset
    Maxxis Ignitor 2.1 tires
    KMC X9 Chain
    Pro Concept flat bars 620mm
    Rav X Lock on Grips
    Sram PG980 11-32 Cassette

    Sorry for the crappy phone pic. The bike looks sweeter in person...
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    Salsa El Mariachi 3

    Just out of the box - doesn't even have the reflectors removed yet. It's still down in Seattle, so alas, I have to wait impatiently for a few weeks until I get my hands on it. Brutal. Size small, fully stock right now (not for long).
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    thas a great looking bike, but Im a lil biased towards a JFG El Mariachi, I have alot of money in my build, almost as much where I think I would've been better off buying the pre-built and going from there....those are good specs and a nice solid bike.....Im getting mine next week and unfortunately Mother Nature just dumped almost 8" of snow on us

    Good Luck with her bud, she's a beauty...I theres been a influx of small framed El Mars lately

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    Thanks! I'm stoked, though it's almost worse seeing it built up now and waiting for me, but knowing it'll still be a while yet before I have it in hand. We just got a dump of snow here as well, so that's a bit of a consolation. It was really helpful seeing the pics of the small frames in knowing what size to order. I'm a bit over 5'7", so probably could have gone small or medium, but I'm glad I went with the small. Yeah, I ended up going for the full build due to the good spec and a limited budget. I haven't bought a new bike in a looong time, and with Salsa offering the full build at a good price, I really couldn't pass it up. Hopefully the snow clears up for you by the time yours comes in!

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    Can't help but to post more pictures of it...














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    Chronism, whats the TPI on those Ignitors? Im having a set of Easton Havens done and thinking Ignitors,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticCat500 View Post
    Chronism, whats the TPI on those Ignitors? Im having a set of Easton Havens done and thinking Ignitors,
    Mine are the 60tpi versions. There is also a 120tpi version as well.

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    yea, Im looking at them, I like the weight and read solid reviews, my current tires came off the donor bike and are the S-Works Renegade and Renegade Control, the tires together weight only 1000grams, these will only add roughly 200grams, not to bad. Im keeping the S-Works and the rims for the bike bath with my daughter, and going to a set of Easton Havens I scored used in great shape.
    Thanks for the reply, Id really love to see a couple of those hi res pictures of the treads, hint hint.

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    As requested.

    Unfortunately, I haven't even had a chance to ride the bike yet... Between work and nasty weather... These are my first Ignitors so I can't comment on them much, but have read many great reviews and they were highly recommended.

    I have been looking at picking up some Easton EC90's and was thinking of pairing them to the new Ground Control's.


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    thanks brother, those are looking better and better, I like the Ground Control and really like the Puratory as well, but the Ignitor just might win, Its probably a waste to run a full compition tire like the S-Works Renegade on the tarmac but I'll never race and dont need to buy road rubber.
    Thanks Again.

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    Photo Update

    Tires and wheels mounted and ready to go, took her for a lil blast, man these things are sloooooow compared to my Renegades. Went with the Ground Controls, F/R, Im happy so far but tomorrow will tell the story,

    Did HS1 rotors over the G2's, upgraded the cassette from Sram PG 1030 to a PG 1050 and lost 1 full pound with the upgrades (plus a few gs), going back to my Phenom seat, the Selle Royal Lookin Gel seat is 450g, and the Phenom is 240g, my current cage is 72gs and the Specialized Rib Cage MTB is 36gs, we're talking 246gs, thats over half pound, Im not a weight weenie but every little bit helps.,
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    We got 12 inches of snow today! So I pedaled down to the LBS.

    One Fattie, fat front fattie, and an ole studded out MTB.

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    Just got the El Mariachi last week, only 2 rides on it so far, but man does it climb, and turn great.

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    That is my favorite thing about it. How good it makes climbing feel.
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    Can one of you guys tell me, if my new 2011 Mariachi frame will need any facing, before I can install an external bottom bracket?

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    Can one of you guys tell me, if my new 2011 Mariachi frame will need any facing, before I can install an external bottom bracket?
    You are good to go man.. I didn't have to face my GF's 2011 frame that I got from Speedgoat. I even confirmed with that with the rep. I even think it states on the Salsa site that the frames are pre-faced already. Have fun with your build..

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    Thank you mjc_n_tucson!

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    Important choice to be made, green or black for a new eThirteen chainring I'm about to order?
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    Gives us a couple bucks and we'll give you some trails with sweet jumps and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider6 View Post
    Just got the El Mariachi last week, only 2 rides on it so far, but man does it climb, and turn great.

    WOW, deja vu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanbike View Post
    Important choice to be made, green or black for a new eThirteen chainring I'm about to order?
    Personally I would say green. Then again I'm not some dirty hippie either. Is that SWK or XX?
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    Near XX but not exactly XX.
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxim-artemyev/6723151163/" title="Untitled by maxim_artemyev, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7166/6723151163_95a468556a_z.jpg" width="640" height="478" alt=""></a>
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    Loving my rigid El Mar

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/romanartemyev/6932692457/" title="2012-02-26 at 11-15-57 by roman_artemyev, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7209/6932692457_b389f62eb2_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="2012-02-26 at 11-15-57"></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenwater View Post
    Dude...that bike is hooked up. Nice.

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    Great bikes and builds! I'm building up a blue 2012 El Mar soon (all parts are still in the boxes), does anyone have tips that could help a first time Salsa builder out? It will be single speed and run a Chainlove marzocchi 44 micro ti 29 fork, many other closeout parts and old school BB7 brakes.

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    update


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    Quote Originally Posted by stef j. View Post
    Who did the paint job on that Lefty fork? It matches perfectly.
    It looks like this is a fairly light El Mar build? (is that a Tune saddle I see?)
    Can you list the weight and build specs?
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    The fork is painted here in Belgium by David Meirhaeghe. The saddle is a tune speedneedle.

    The build is not yet complete. Updates will be a tune stem and a few other bits and pieces. I will post a full spec and weight when it's ready.

    Cheers!
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    Hey jgoodlet, you got any pics of your El Mar? I just got my slate El Mar and will be doing my first build. I am interested in seeing how your Chris King Inset7 looks. What fork did you go with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by forgiven_nick View Post
    Who did the paint job on that Lefty fork? It matches perfectly.
    It looks like this is a fairly light El Mar build? (is that a Tune saddle I see?)
    Can you list the weight and build specs?
    Weight is 10kg 990grams or 24.2lbs

    Salsa el mar, Lefty PBR 29'er, salsa pro moto handlebar, hope headset, esi grips, tune stem and seatpost, tune speedneedle, midlleburn cranks with surly chainring, LX square taper bb, Paul chain device, XO 10-speed with xt casette, crest wheelset with dt revo and tune cannonball hub at the front, hope hub at the back, king cages, hope race brakes, titanium and alu bolts.

    Planned upgrades are a tune bb and alu body for my rear hub. I have them both but still need to install them.

    Greetings!
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    For those of you who bought the build kit but are running the el mariachi rigid, how did you convert the front wheel to be compatible with the rigid fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stef j. View Post
    Weight is 10kg 990grams or 24.2lbs

    Salsa el mar, Lefty PBR 29'er, salsa pro moto handlebar, hope headset, esi grips, tune stem and seatpost, tune speedneedle, midlleburn cranks with surly chainring, LX square taper bb, Paul chain device, XO 10-speed with xt casette, crest wheelset with dt revo and tune cannonball hub at the front, hope hub at the back, king cages, hope race brakes, titanium and alu bolts.

    Planned upgrades are a tune bb and alu body for my rear hub. I have them both but still need to install them.

    Greetings!
    Thanks Stef! Great build. One of the nicest mariachis I have seen so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by forgiven_nick View Post
    Thanks Stef! Great build. One of the nicest mariachis I have seen so far!
    Thanx!!!

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    lets see em!

    bringing it back up top....
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    Set up Single Speed Now

    Just set it up Single Speed to try out for awhile.. Love the alternator dropouts!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jpags View Post
    Hey jgoodlet, you got any pics of your El Mar? I just got my slate El Mar and will be doing my first build. I am interested in seeing how your Chris King Inset7 looks. What fork did you go with?
    Whoah! Sorry for the delay...haven't checked this thread in a bit.

    I'll try and get some pics up in the next couple of days. I've currently got it setup with a Fargo fork. Some folks have said they think the transition into the headtube with a 1 1/8" steerer looks a little funky...I think it looks fine.
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    New El Mar 2 in Rothrock PA
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    2 of my great loves! Rothrock is awesome! Hope to get out there with my El Mar!

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    When I was mulling over getting a new bike over the past couple of months, I kept coming back to this thread and looking through it.

    Just look what it made me do.





    Just got it and put it together last night. Looking foward to the first ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roman View Post
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/romanartemyev/6932690591/" title="2012-02-26 at 11-14-56 by roman_artemyev, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6932690591_a1b7d45fb0_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="2012-02-26 at 11-14-56"></a>


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/romanartemyev/6932692457/" title="2012-02-26 at 11-15-57 by roman_artemyev, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7209/6932692457_b389f62eb2_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="2012-02-26 at 11-15-57"></a>
    where'd you get those gold levers? Those are pretty sweet.

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