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    Salsa El Santo or Santa Cruz Blur?

    Out of these two models, which would you go for and why?? I do mainly XC, I have had a Caballero and my mate swears by his blur, so I am crossed between the two.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan123
    Out of these two models, which would you go for and why?? I do mainly XC, I have had a Caballero and my mate swears by his blur, so I am crossed between the two.....

    I like the salsa because everyone on the trail doesnt have one. Frames should weigh about the same......salsa may be a few ounces lighter. But this is the first year for el santo so reliability could be an issue. If I was building a XC rig I would choose the dynowhite!

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    Salsa El Santo for Sale

    Hey folks,

    I have a one month old El Santo for sale. I ordered a 20" El Santo frame and after I took it for a test ride out the shop I realized my fears that the frame was slightly too big for me. I bought a KHS XC 904r frame instead which fits me like a glove. If anyone is interested in the Salsa, I'm selling it at cost (employee discount) instead of retail. It goes for $1309. I'm selling for $800 and will negotiate. Possibly for trade of of an equal value. My e-mail is [email protected]. If interested e-mail me then I will give my phone number. Also, I have the receipt showing I paid for it if that would be an issue.

    Other than being the wrong size the bike felt very comfortable. Basically I was inbetween sizes. The issue was the top tube. The bike has only been built up and ridden around the parking lot at the shop. My inseam is 32, the bike is 33.2. I gave Salsa my dimensions and they recommended this frame. After I tried to return it they would not take it since it had been built up. So.........

    Here is a link to Salsa's web page with more information on the frame.
    Here are some of the specifics of the frame.
    Complete Scandium tubeset
    Custom drawn Salsa Scandium tubing with butting and wall thicknesses tuned to the size of each frame
    Sealed bearings in all pivots for increased life and lateral stiffness
    Standard 1-1/8" headset
    Seatpost diameter: 27.2mm Seatpost clamp: 30.0mm Front derailleur clamp: 31.8mm Bottom bracket shell: 68mm
    Includes Salsa Flip-Lock seat collar
    ISO disc tab mounts and removable cantilever bosses for mounting linear pull brakes
    Designed for use with 100mm travel fork
    4-inches rear travel
    Manitou SPV-equipped Swinger 3-day rear air shock
    Here are the measurements of the frame.
    seat tube (center to center) - 20" (508 mm)
    top tube (center to center) - 23.4" (595.1 mm)
    top tube (horizontal) - 23.8" (605 mm)
    head tube angle - 71 degrees
    seat tube angle - 73 degrees
    bottom bracket drop - 0.2" (5 mm)
    chain stay length - 16.9" (429 mm)
    wheel base - 43.1" (1093.9 mm)
    standover height - 33.2" (843.1 mm)
    head tube length - 4.9" (125 mm)

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    New question here. Bottom Bracket Size on El Santo

    Hey guys with an 05 El Santo, what size bottom bracket are you running. I am thinking of building one up and need to know if I have the right parts. Thanks, GD

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    I would get the Salsa

    Why, the scandium tubeset is so nice.
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