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    The El Mariachi photo thread!

    Anyone care to post me the link... it's driving me a little crackers.

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    I think it may have been deleted accidentally by a vacating mod. I will search around but so far haven't found anything similar.
    Try this: HTFU

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher
    I think it may have been deleted accidentally by a vacating mod. I will search around but so far haven't found anything similar.
    I guess we'd better start a new one, 'eh!! Here are a few to get you started... My two El Mariachis, in various states of dress.
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    start a new one or re-name this thread
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    It's always good to see pics of mgersib's bikes. mgersib you have a real flair for good builds. BTW what is the setup with the Maverick?
    2 of my biggest regrets in life is missing out on the Tomatillo green El M and the orange Dos.
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    It's always good to see pics of mgersib's bikes. mgersib you have a real flair for good builds. BTW what is the setup with the Maverick?
    2 of my biggest regrets in life is missing out on the Tomatillo green El M and the orange Dos.
    Thank you very much for the compliment... I've run the SC32 on both of my El Mariachis, but am currently running it on the red bike. The green bike is running rigid and singlespeed, while my red bike is pullin' geared hardtail duty.

    I bet you can still get on a green El M if you really want to... There are still a few new framesets floating around if you keep your eyes open, and nice used ones definitely pop up every so often too. Though I'm not typically too keen on buying used bikes, the green El Mariachi is one I'd strongly consider buying used after having owned one... It's just that good. It very well may be a "lifetime keeper" for me.

    My orange Dos is still in the house too... It just isn't built up right now. If I get more than five bikes built for myself at any given time, it gets to be too much of a hassle from a maintenance standpoint, so right now the Dos is taking a little break. I'm rockin' two El Mariachis, a Big Mama, a Fargo and a Chili Con Crosso. When you add in my wife's Casseroll, that's six built Salsas in my basement right now... and four of 'em are steel. I like that ratio!!

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    Living in Australia means there are not many floating around. I have Niner SIR9 so I really don't need an EL M. A Dos would be nice but I already have four bikes...

    So, with the SC32 you are running it at 100mm with a '29er kit' is that correct? Where do find these travel reducers?
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    mine....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmw
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    Wow... That's HOT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    So, with the SC32 you are running it at 100mm with a '29er kit' is that correct? Where do find these travel reducers?
    I believe Quality Bicycle Products stocks the travel reducers or you can get them from Maverick American -- www.maverickbike.com. But to answer your question, yes, I do have the travel reducers installed, so the fork has about 88mm of travel. The SC32 is a good match with the handling of the El Mariachi frame. I'm not as big a fan of it on the Dos. I like the Reba better on the front of the Dos for some reason... not exactly sure why.

    I haven't tried a Reba on the Big Mama, but between a Fox and an SC32, there's no comparison, the Fox is definitely where it's at. It's the best fork I've ridden thus far.

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    Love the Tomatillo green El M as well- there was one in the classifieds here for like a month that my buddy picked up to compliment his red- it was less than $400 shipped and it is in great shape- In person I have yet to see one I don't like.

    I built up mine as a 1X9 and it is a keeper, I am usually a bit quick to change bikes if something catches my eye but this one is just different. Is it wrong to like a bike so much? Especially one that is so obviously male... should it be a Mama instead? Nope I'm secure...in my bike love.
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    Here is my green mariachi. I picked mine up late last year on ebay from some shop in Canada. I love mine, since I have upgraded my rear tire to a 2.4 Racing Ralph.

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    more of mine:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmw
    more of mine:
    HAWT!!

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    Haven't seen any updates here in a while.

    Here is mine:




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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidR1
    Haven't seen any updates here in a while.

    Here is mine:



    Looks good- how are you liking the "stans" tires and what size are you running?
    I Just wish I could ride more!


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    I have done a few mods since the first post.... still no action shots, sad but work does not allow too many non solo rides these days

    A shame the red never quite looks right in pictures- still loving it but the ti post has added a bit of comfort on longer rides or seated climbs- I also just changed over to some foul weather rubber and decided on some Rampages, no ride on them yet so I hope I like them-
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    ^^^^Damn! Your build is near perfect.

    Thinking I might make a few changes to mine even though my girlfriend has pretty much taken it over as her own.




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    Quote Originally Posted by knottshore
    Looks good- how are you liking the "stans" tires and what size are you running?
    I like the Raven's, and am currently running the 2.2's. The Raven makes a pretty nice rear tire for the hardpack terrain we mostly have around here. I'm thinking of switching the front to a Racing Ralph next year in a 2.25 in search of a bit more traction in the front.

    I have found that you really need to play around with the tire pressure of the Raven in order to find what works best for you.

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    thats cool, SS setup make the bike look so simple without gears.I guess 2.4 tyres wide up front take the edge off up front. What size the frame?

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    Small/16" frame. The 2.4 mountain kings rock.

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    cool, this will be my frame size but I will be running full gears 3 x 9 as some trails I ride are technically steep. I might copy your tires combo (2.4 front and 2.2 rear).

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    Here is my formerly really scratched up Superior Blue '07 El Mariachi. I sent it in and had it "Gun Kote" treated in a really dark purple with cream white panel, red pinstripes, and red decal, all in Gun Kote. I should be getting around to building it up here after it is shipped to me late this week.
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    The way it looks best. Running a set of blunts with Trek TLR tubeless strips. This bike is a hell of alot of fun!

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    great work, can't wait to see the build?

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    GT, if you don't mind, can you post the cost of the "Gun Kote"? Just did a Google search on "gun kote" & found a "brushed stainless" color. It's pretty inexpensive as well, $15.99 for an 8 oz can of the stuff. Gives me ideas for a used/new Mariachi frame I might be acquiring in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sometimes
    GT, if you don't mind, can you post the cost of the "Gun Kote"? Just did a Google search on "gun kote" & found a "brushed stainless" color. It's pretty inexpensive as well, $15.99 for an 8 oz can of the stuff. Gives me ideas for a used/new Mariachi frame I might be acquiring in the near future.
    I don't have the frame back yet, but when I do get it, I'll try to let you know. Keep in mind that a single color will be waaay less expensive and get to your door quicker than mine did.

    The process is handled through Ben's Cycles, by the way. So you might want to contact them directly if you are interested in this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    I don't have the frame back yet, but when I do get it, I'll try to let you know. Keep in mind that a single color will be waaay less expensive and get to your door quicker than mine did.

    The process is handled through Ben's Cycles, by the way. So you might want to contact them directly if you are interested in this.

    http://www.benscycle.net/
    I don't have anything that needs koting right now so I don't mind waiting until you get your frame back to find out the price.

    I'll probably try a DIY approach first in any case & if that isn't satisfactory then I'll just send the frame off to the pros. Cost permitting.

    Thanks for the link.

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    Here it is back in my home. The flash from the camera brings out the purple more, but without that intense light it looks very much like an eggplant color.

    Anyway, the cost for this with panel and custom masked decal, (everything you see is Gun Kote, no decals in the traditional sense), is about $500.00. That said, a single color job is approximately $350.00.

    Get a hold of Ben's Cycle if you are interested. They really are "officially" only doing this sort of thing on their in house Milwaukee branded stuff, but will entertain outside jobs if you contact them.
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    GT, thanks for posting the pics & price.

    From your pics, your bike turned out great! The koting looks just like paint in the pics.

    Even a $350 single color koting is a bit too much for me. Well, ok, a lot too much for me :-). I think I'll just stick to aluminum frames for now & just strip them down to their raw state & leave it at that.

    But I'll probably give DIY koting of bike parts that can fit in an oven just to see how the coating is for durability. Probably in either SS or brushed Ti. I'll be shooting for a sort of monochrome look.

    Thanks again.

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    my bike Sancho

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    Sancho as configured several months ago.

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    nice El Mariachi

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    Thanks! It's been an awesome ride.

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    Got the Gun Kote El Mariachi together and thought I'd share. (The blue chain will be replaced with a purple one, otherwise it's done)

    23lbs as she sits.
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    very nice Guitar Ted, show us some more clear good pics. Is that a Salsa bottle cage you using, any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabeRacer
    very nice Guitar Ted, show us some more clear good pics. Is that a Salsa bottle cage you using, any good?
    There are a couple more images here: http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...full-view.html

    You can click the pics to enlarge them there.

    The Salsa bottle cages have been great. I have two more like them on my Fargo. Never dropped a bottle, and being stainless steel, they do not mark up the bottles either.
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    Red is back in action

    Got Red#5 back in action this week. Sweet! Like putting on a comfy soft leather glove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnatBikes
    Got Red#5 back in action this week. Sweet! Like putting on a comfy soft leather glove.

    Gnat
    Isn't she lovely? I've been riding my red El Mariachi a ton lately since getting the new Absolute + damper for my Minute 29 fork. Between it, my Fargo and my Chili Con Crosso, I haven't been riding much else.

    I hate to say it, but my Big Mama hasn't been getting much saddle time lately... There just aren't enough bumps in the ground this time of year! That's OK though, it had lots of good miles over the summer. The sloppy season isn't prime full suspension season anyway!
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    I have to thank this thread for re-igniting my love for my El Mar. I'm made some "upgrades" recently and have been loving this bike!! (Especially with the lighter wheels!)
    Upgrades as follows:
    X2 Stem, Hope Mono M4 Brakes 183/160, White Industries M16 Hubs/DT Comps/Stan Arches, Delta Bolt-on skewers, Tubeless to Crossmark & Rampage. Threw on the fork as well.


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    nice bike and upgrade.
    what do you think of the Manitou fork?

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    My drop bar El Mar. I still need a few parts.

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    Here is my updated bike ready for the 2010 race season:







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    nice build
    you might wanna think about getting a longer chain

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabeRacer
    nice build
    you might wanna think about getting a longer chain
    Thanks for the advice, never had any problems with the chain.
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    Chain guide?

    Which chain guide are you using there and how is it working? I have been having trouble with the Jump Stop on mine. Would also like to get rid of the bash guard.

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    Hey Tdee, how about some updated photos on the drop-bar El Mar? How does it ride? Have been toying with the idea putting drop bars on my EM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tproc
    Which chain guide are you using there and how is it working? I have been having trouble with the Jump Stop on mine. Would also like to get rid of the bash guard.
    I to had problems with my N-Gear jump stop. Unless it was set up exactly perfect, I would drop the chain.

    This is a Paul Chainkeeper. Only about 100 miles so far, without a dropped chain.
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    I'm sure there will be some new el Mariachi's showing up here soon...

    here's my trusty original el Mariachi, 1x8 with a Paul thumbie mount, Waltworks fork, etc...
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    Here's the latest shot of "Grimace", the '07 El Mariachi that I had Gun Koted last year. Still lovin' it!
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