Written by Alan Starrett Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00
Salsa has been doing the 29'er thing for awhile now so they know what makes for a sweet ride. They spec'ed out the complete El Mariachi with a very respectable build. They kept performance and affordability in mind and came up with a build that hits the sweet spot for a fun, dependable bike at a reasonable cost. $1598.95 MSRP is a great value for what you get with this bike.
A SRAM/Truvativ drivetrain and Avid BB7 stoppers make up the heart of the build. Most of the remaining parts are Salsa. Salsa components are a top choice for many to pimp their stock ride. How many bikes off the shelf do you see that come stock with stainless steel Salsa Flip-Off Skewers, Lip Lock seat color and all the other sweet Salsa bits? Well, none that I know of until now. The only ancillary components that are not Salsa are the ones that Salsa doesn't currently make like the saddle, tires and headset. WTB and Cane Creek pick up the slack there.
I think Salsa sums it up best:
"El Mariachi rolls into town on its big 29’er wheels as our one complete bike offering of the year. We present it as a great bike value using a versatile frame. Start with our stock 1 x 9 build and we guarantee you’ll enjoy the ride.
The El Mariachi frame is crafted from True Temper OX Platinum tubing and uses a Bushnell eccentric bottom bracket. As a 29’er, its larger wheels smooth out the bumps and offer a premium in traction. The geometry is dialed, providing excellent handling and maneuverability in the woods. El Mariachi rides as a mountain bike should and not like an oversized circus freak (nothing against circus freaks, mind you).
While we’ve spec’d the bike as a 9-speed, its eccentric bottom bracket lets you convert to a singlespeed setup with ease. El Mariachi delivers versatility, but we encourage you to give our 1 x 9 drivetrain a shot first. It works for us and we believe it will work for you.
Our matching CroMoto Grande fork delivers sure tracking while its True Temper OX Platinum construction soaks up the harsh stuff. A rigid fork on a 29’er keeps the weight down while letting the wheels smooth out the terrain.
The selected build is a no-comprise list of parts that work. SRAM’s X.9 shifter and rear derailleur deliver crisp, clean shifting. Truvativ’s Stylo SS 1.1 crankset uses an alloy bashguard to keep its single 32-tooth chainring intact. Avid FR 5 brake levers and BB-7 mechanical disc brakes offer simple set up, excellent performance, and minimal maintenance. A WTB Speed V Comp saddle keeps the hindquarters happy while 2.1" Maxxis Ignitor tires provide plenty of traction on the trail.
We top all of this off with a bunch of well-deserving Salsa details that are often overlooked by the larger bike companies. Our Pepperjack grips and Pro Moto 11 degree flat bar give your hands a perfect perch. The Shaft seatpost makes saddle adjustment a cinch, while the Delgado 29’er Disc rims fill out those tires nicely. A painted-to-match CroMoto SUL stem, blue Flip-Off skewers, and a blue Lip-Lock seat collar are the icing on the cake. Can you say ‘Pimp my ride’?
El Mariachi Complete. Not just bigger. Better."
Frame El Mariachi 29’er, True Temper OX Platinum Main Triangle
Fork Salsa CroMoto Grande, True Temper OX Platinum, 1-1/8"
Headset Cane Creek S3, 1-1/8", Black
Handlebar Salsa Pro Moto 11 Degree Flat Bar, 660mm, 25.4mm, Black
Stem Salsa CroMoto S.U.L., 1-1/8", Superior Blue
Grips Salsa Pepperjack Grips, Black
Front Brake Avid BB7, 160mm Rotor
Rear Brake Avid BB7, 160mm Rotor
Brake Levers Avid FR 5, Black
Crankset TruVativ Stylo 1.1 with Alloy Chainguard, Black
Chainring TruVativ 32T, Black
Bottom Bracket TruVativ Team GXP, 68mm
Chain SRAM PC951
Front Hub Q Lite for Salsa, 32H, 100mm O.L.D., 6-Bolt ISO, Black
Rear Hub Q Lite for Salsa, 32H, 135mm O.L.D., 6-Bolt ISO, Black
Quick Release Salsa Flip-Offs, Stainless, Blue Skewers
Cassette SRAM PG970 11-34T
Spokes DT Swiss Competition, Double- Butted 2.0/1.8mm, Black
Nipples DT Swiss Competition, Alloy, Silver
Rims Salsa Delgado 29’er Disc, 32H, Black
Tires Maxxis Ignitor, 29" x 2.1", Wire Bead, 60 tpi, Black
Chainguide N Gear Jump Stop
Rear Derailleur SRAM X.9, Long Cage
Rear Shifter SRAM X.9
Seatpost Salsa Shaft, 27.2mm x 350mm, Black
Seatpost Clamp Salsa Lip-Lock, 30.0mm, Blue (Black pictured)
Saddle WTB Speed V Comp, Stainless Steel, Black
Chainstay Protector Salsa Leather
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