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    Considering a Salsa EM Ti for my next SS

    I am currently riding a steel EM fully rigid.....no complaints or concerns but would like a little lighter (newer too) ride....looking for feedback from anyone riding the Ti EM.

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    I like mine so far

    I just had this one built a month ago. First real ride was a 12 hour event, so our relationship got off to an awkward start, but now I am enjoying the new Salsa. We just started with the Salsa frame and added parts rather than converting the stock Ti El Mar. Prior to this, I rode a Nashbar 29er SS (rigid) for a year before deciding to upgrade and commit to/ invest in single speed. I like the Ti better than my geared carbon hardtail, a Giant XTC 29er because the ride feels smoother, particularly on downhills. I have it set up 32/20 which works for me on most trails in Montana's Bitterroot Valley.
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    Sounds great....I will build from a frame too....I will go rigid carbon fork...Whiskey 7 maybe, King SS hubs, Thompson seatpost....not sure brakes and crank (Shimano XT on my current bike).

    What are you running and how do you like your grips those are Ergon correct?

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    frame - 2015 Salsa El Mariachi ti frame, medium, w/ SS alternator drop out plates
    fork - 2015 Rock SHox Reba w/ 15mm thru axle
    headset - Canecreek 40 ZS upper/EC lower
    stem - Easton EA70 90mm
    handlebar - Raceface
    grips - ESI, with Giant bar ends
    brakes - SHimano XT with icetech 180/160 rotors
    seatpost - Easton EC70 carbon 27.2 x 400
    saddle - Fizik Tundra
    wheelset - Hadley SS hubset laced to Stans Arch EX rims and Dt Swiss comp spokes (set up tubeless)
    tires - maxxis ardent 2.25
    crankset - Raceface Turbine with Raceface N/W direct mount 32t chainring
    bottom bracket - raceface threaded
    chain - A cool chain the bike shop had
    cog - Endless 20t

    Chad at Red Barn Bicycles recommended most of these components and built the bike. It is a fairly awesome bike for my purposes, mainly local singletrack and occasional 50 mile or 12 hr events.

    --Tom

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    Thanks for the info...sounds like a great bike....think I am going to buy a frame and start collecting the build kit.

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    Good luck, keep us posted on how it turns out!

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