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    el mariachi question

    I am considering buying a salsa el mariachi. I wanted to build it up from scratch but the complete build seems pretty nice. however it isn't a single speed. I was considering buying the complete and sellling off the drive train and convert it myself so i wouldnt have to wait for a frame to be ordered. I was wondering what everyones opinion of doing this versus buying just the frame was. How much work would I have to do to convert it to a ss. Thanks

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    Not much is needed, remove shifters, derailuers, a long with the cable, remove the cassette from the rear wheel and put a cog with spacers in its place, and remove the unneeded chainrings from the crank. Done you have a single speed with a drive train to sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trevrev97 View Post
    and remove the unneeded chainrings from the crank.
    Not a very ss friendly crankset on the El Mar.


    Quote Originally Posted by trevrev97 View Post
    Done you have a single speed with a drive train to sell.
    Nor is the drivetrain likely to return you much.

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    I will probably sell the fork as well.

    What crankset would you recommend I throw on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610 View Post

    What crankset would you recommend I throw on there.
    Are we spending your money or mine? Parting out a new sled isn't very profitable. Why don't you start frame only?

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    Yeh i think i might just do that.

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    I had one built up as an SS by a shop who put the same as stock Salsa components on. Drivetrain, wheels and brakes were all my choice.

    That said, I paid more than the geared stock version, but ended up with what I wanted (ntoe: better wheels!).

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    I guess my only question now is green or blue:>

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