Written by Alan Starrett Friday, 02 February 2007 00:00
Salsa has been into 29'ers for some time and I think that gives them a certain amount of credibility in the 29'er movement. They certainly are not an "also ran" company looking to jump on the latest trend. When they release a new frame it has to bring something new to the segment.
The Mamasita is purpose built to be a lightweight, race oriented 29'er hardtail. They started with their tried and true custom butted Scandium tubeset for the main triangle and chainstays. Then they added carbon seatstays but the story doesn't end there however. The chain stays are flattened much like the Dos Niner to provide a platform for vertical compliance. The carbon seat stays are then flattened as well to absorb that compliance. The end result combined with the 29" wheels should be a flat out winner. Fast, light, stiff where you want it, forgiving when you need it.
The frame is disc only and fits up to 2.3" tires. It is designed to be used with 80mm travel suspension fork or an 80mm suspension corrected rigid fork. It uses a 1 1/8" standard cup headset, 27.2mm seatpost, 35mm front derailleur clamp and a 68mm bottom bracket shell. Weight for the 18" medium size is 3.4 lbs. which is definitely race weight for a 29er. The frame will be available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.
Salsa Mamasita Full Geometry Specs
MSRP is $889.95 and ETA is early to mid April. We expect this frame to be hot and sell out fast so we are taking pre-oders now so you don't miss out.
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