First Ride Impressions

I was lucky enough to be able to ‘ride before I buy’ on this bike, and by ride I mean  2+ hours on some nice single track trails!   As I was just getting the idea of jumping back into mountain biking after many, many years away I wanted to ease into it.  A friend had this spare Salsa and gave me the chance to see if I wanted to get back into biking.  Well it was almost instant love with this bike.  Being older, and less daring(or more cautious) than in my younger years, I took to this bike like the proverbial fish!  Within a short time on the trail to get used to the bike, I was instilled with more confidence than I would have expected from a new bike.   It was a dream, forgiving yet very predictable handling, smooth gearing, and hill climbing like it was late for dinner!  The frame is Cro-Mo and I would say it is not as stiff as aluminum and not as forgiving as Titanium, but close going by the seat-o-meter.



Frame El Mariachi 3 CroMoly w/Alternator Dropout
Color Light Blue
Fork RockShox Recon Gold, Tapered, 9mm Axle
Front Der Shimano Deore
Rear Der Shimano XT Shadow
Cassette Shimano Deore 11-36, 10-Speed
Chain KMC X10
Crankset Shimano Deore Triple, 22/30/40t
Headset Cane Creek 10
Stem Salsa Guide Stem
Handlebar Salsa Salt Flat, 11-degree, 700mm
Grips Salsa Backcountry
Shifter Shimano Deore
Front Brake Shimano M445
Rear Brake Shimano M445
Brake Lever Shimano 445 Hydraulic
Rotors Shimano RT54 160 front/rear
Seatpost Truvativ T20 offset
Saddle WTB Volt
Front Hub Shimano Deore
Rear Hub Shimano Deore
Spokes DT Swiss
Rims Sun Inferno 25
Tires Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29 x 2.25″
Bike Price
Complete Bike $1,699 (Spring Sale! $999 as of 3/25/2016!)
Component Specs
Frame 2015 El Mariachi 3
Wheelsize 29″
Tire clearance Designed for 29 x 2.4″ tire
Fork Designed for 100mm travel 29’er suspension fork
Headset-Upper 1-1/8″ Zero Stack (ZS44/28.6)
Headset-Lower For Tapered: 44mm External Cup (EC44/40)
For Straight: Zero Stack (ZS44/30)
Seatpost 27.2mm
Seat Collar 30.0mm. Salsa Lip-Lock included
Front Derailleur Problem Solvers Direct Mount clamp included, High Direct Mount Front Derailleur
Bottom Bracket 73mm BSA, threaded
Crankset Compatible with 1x, 2x, and 3x mountain cranksets; Max chainring sizes 1x (32T), 2x (42/28T), 3x (44/32/22T)
Rear Brake 51mm I.S., minimum rotor size 160mm, maximum rotor size 180mm
Rear Spacing Alternator Dropouts, Mulitple Configurations: 135 x 10mm QR; 142 x 12mm Thru-Axle; 135 x 10mm Rolhoff
Bottle Mounts 1 per frame on XS/S; 2 per frame on M/L/XL
Derailleur Hanger Replaceable Alternator plates. Driveside QR Geared FS1312. Driveside QR Singlespeed FS1318. Non-driveside QR FS1313. Non-driveside Rohloff FS1331. 12 x 142mm Thru-Axle FS1330
Cable Routing Full housing, under toptube
Frame Weight XS 2415g, SM 2350g, MD 2410g, LG 2490g, XL 2580g
Color Light Blue
Bike Sizes
Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Recommended Rider Height 5’2″ – 5’6″ 5’5″ – 5’9″ 5’8″ – 6’0″ 5’11” – 6-3″ 6’2″ – UP
A. Toptube Effective 22.2″ 22.8″ 23.6″ 24.4″ 25.0″
B. Seat Tube Length 14.0″ 15.0″ 17.0″ 19.0″ 21.0″
C. Headtube Angle 71° 71° 71° 71° 71°
D. Seat Tube Angle 74° 73° 73° 73° 73°
E. BB Drop 2.4″ 2.4″ 2.4″ 2.4″ 2.4″
F. Chainstay Length 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″ 16.9 – 17.6″
G. Headtube Length 3.5″ 3.7″ 3.9″ 4.3″ 4.7″
H. Fork Length 19.0″ 19.0″ 19.0″ 19.0″ 19.0″
J. Fork Offset 1.8″ 1.8″ 1.8″ 1.8″ 1.8″
K. Wheelbase 41.4 – 42.1″ 41.6 – 42.2″ 42.4 – 43.0″ 43.2 – 43.8″ 43.8 – 44.4″
M. Stack 23.2″ 23.4″ 23.6″ 23.9″ 24.3″
N. Reach 15.6″ 15.7″ 16.4″ 17.1″ 17.6″
P. Standover 26.9″ 27.8″ 29.3″ 30.8″ 32.4″

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