ADVENTURE BY BIKE®
When you think of Salsa, it’s likely that you think of the El Mariachi. As our first hardtail 29er, it bridges the Salsa of seven years ago to what Salsa is today: Adventure By Bike™. One of the brand’s longest standing singletrack and bikepacking rides, one of the things that really sets this bike apart today is the Alternator dropouts.
2015 El Mariachi Ti...
These dropouts are a really fantastic feature. It isn’t just about being able to set up a bike as a geared bike or as a singlespeed (though that is cool); it’s about being able to create an emergency bailout gear when something goes awry out in the middle of nowhere. You know what I’m talking about? SOL. SHTF. As some folks like to say, it isn’t an adventure until something goes wrong. Creating a bailout gear requires nothing more than your multi-tool, a chain breaker tool, and a quick-link. Loosen your Alternator plates and move plates to the furthest forward position. Choose the gear you are willing to be stuck in to get back to civilization. Put the chain around that chainring and cog combination and shorten the chain. With the chain on your desired chainring and cog, reconnect it using your quick-link. Then tension the chain tight by moving your Alternator dropouts rearward. Tighten according to the Alternator dropouts instructions.
Of course there is also nothing wrong with using the Alternator dropouts to customize your bike. Today we’ve got all sorts of Alternator dropout plates: geared, singlespeed, thru-axle, Rolhoff and fender mount—and we’ve also created the Alternator Rack line, giving people a way to run loaded racks on all of our Alternator-equipped bikes.
This sort of flexibility and versatility manifests itself in the El Mariachi on the front end of the bike as well. It can be run with one of our rigid CroMoto Grande forks, with a 100mm travel suspension fork, or with the Salsa Firestarter Carbon fork to truly customize the ride.
2015 El Mariachi 2 in Tequila Lime colorway...
2015 El Mariachi 2 in Orange General Lee colorway...
This year we grow our El Mariachi offerings. The top of the line El Mariachi Ti is joined with increased color options in the El Mariachi 2 (Tequila Lime and Orange General Lee) and the El Mariachi 3 (Stormy Blue and Light Blue) model levels.
2015 El Mariachi 3 in Stormy Blue colorway...
2015 El Mariachi 3 in Light Blue colorway...
And we’re also pleased to bring the El Mariachi Singlespeed back in a mean-looking scheme for one more go-round.
We've seen El Mariachi's do everything from winning the Tour Divide Race to taking on a weekend bikepacking trip, and we look forward to seeing what you do with your EM's in 2015.
2015 El Mariachi Spec
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.