Been looking at getting a hard tail in the $1500 range. I cannot find any Salsa bikes at any of my local stores but they say they can order them. I'd really like to ride it first. But...

Did you pay the price from Salsa's website for your bike (Salsa Owners), less or more?

How would you say the Airborne Goblin EVO stacks up against the EL MARIACHI 3? Since I cannot ride either one before buying I'd be curious if any experienced Salsa owners might be able to compare them by specs for me?

Here is the Goblin EVO:
Airborne Bicycles. Goblin Evolution

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