This past year, my El Mariachi Ti was my primary bike. Even with all of the fun prototype bikes we get to ride, I rode EM Ti the most. The El Mariachi and I have been good friends for many years and I have professed my love on the blog before.
Now, I am proud to introduce the updated 2011 El Mariachi Ti. We have changed several details to keep it fresh with the wants and needs of our most esteemed riders, but have worked hard to make sure that the soul remains lively and yearning for singletrack.
1) Updated Geometry – We took what we learned from our steel El Mariachi and adopted this design so that the 2011 model is able to take either a 80mm or 100mm suspension fork. Look soon for a geometry chart that displays what the geometry is for either application.
2) 44mm Headtube – This great standard pioneered by our friends at Cane Creek allows you to run either a standard steerer tube or a tapered steerer tube. You can read more about it at Cane Creek 44 Headtube. If you want to run a standard 1-1/8” fork, you will need to run a ZS headset, also known as ZS44 in Cane Creek’s language. If you want to run a 1-1/8” – 1-1/2” tapered steerer fork, then you would need a TR44 lower headset and a ZS44 upper headset. QBP carries all of the parts you need, here are some part numbers:
· 40-Series ZS (for 1-1/8” steerer tube) HD0049
· 110-Series ZS (for 1-1/8” steerer tube) HD2336 (Black)
· 40-Series ZS/TR (for tapered steerer tube) HD0061 and HD0072
· 110-Series ZS/TR (for tapered steerer tube) HD0107 (Black) and HD2040 (Black)
3) 2” Downtube – With the larger headtube we gained the ability to add a larger downtube. We prototyped the idea and really liked the feel. The bike still has the great feel of a supple Ti bike but stiffer for those gnarly descents and out-of-the-saddle accelerations.
4) Size-Specific Toptube. The toptube is 35mm for the Small and Medium and 38mm for the Large and X-Large.
5) Addition of the El Mariachi Ti Complete Bike. We know that building up a frame can pose some challenges, so for 2011 we will be offering a complete specification. For an MSRP of $3299, you will get a great mix of SRAM X.9 and X.0, NoTubes tubeless wheels, Continental Race King tires, WTB saddle, Salsa cockpit parts and a RockShox Reba RLT (tapered) held on with a CaneCreek 40-series headset. Check the full specification on the El Mariachi Ti page of our website.
The 2011 El Mariachi Ti frame is available now, and the complete bike will be available by the 1st of February (if not sooner).
The El Mariachi Ti provides a fantastic titanium hardtail ride. We believe these subtle updates make an already great product just a touch better. Perhaps this is your year for a titanium bike?