2015 El Mariachi Lineup

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


This post filed under topics: El Mariachi Explore Kid Mountain Biking New Product

Share this post:

Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

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.


No avatar image

Travis | July 21st, 2014

Any changes in Geometry this year?

No avatar image

Joe | July 22nd, 2014

Will the green one be available as ma frame? Please say yes and mean it.

No avatar image

Andy | July 22nd, 2014

Alternator plates with mudguard mounts? Pics?

No avatar image

Olaf | July 22nd, 2014

When doing the single speed conversion use the 42 chain ring and 14 rear sprocket then when you need to change to a lower gear move the same chain to the 28 tooth chain ring and 28 rear sprocket. this works because both combinations add up to 56 total teeth. This would also work with the 32 and 18 rear sprockets and the 36 and 22 rear sprockets.

No avatar image

Dave-K | July 23rd, 2014

Looking Good. I’m a huge fan of my 2014 El Mar.

I dont suppose there’s one more bike to come is there…. I was really hoping for a 29+ from salsa. (I dont fit surly’s too well)

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | July 24th, 2014

Travis - No changes to El Mariachi geometry for 2015.

Joe - Yes…and I do mean it.

Andy - Check out our Facebook page and scroll back a month or two and you’ll see some pics of the Alternator plates with fender mount. We will also show them on our website soon.

Olaf - Good advice, especially if making an emergency bailout gear.

No avatar image

Rob | July 28th, 2014

From the specs listed above it would appear that the only frame only option is the Tequila Lime color? While it is a unique color I was hoping for something a bit more subtle as a build project.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | July 29th, 2014

Rob - We also have frame only option of EM 2 in the Orange General Lee colorway.

No avatar image

Eric | July 30th, 2014

I need a frame and the 2014’s are all gone.  When will these be available?  HELP.  THX! :)

No avatar image

lojasmo | August 5th, 2014

Kid told me these will start being available in September.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 5th, 2014

Eric and Iojasmo - Here is what my ETA sheet is showing:

EM Ti - November
EM 2 - Red/Orange color in stock now/Green color October
EM 3 - Light Blue color in stock now/Dark Blue color October
EM SS - Mid-September

Hope that helps.

No avatar image

Joe | August 13th, 2014

Are the light blue frames available for purchase? I’m replacing a Niner single speed with the EM and would be psyched if I could get my hands on that light blue. Thanks!

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 18th, 2014

Joe - No, I’m sorry but we don’t have the light blue available as a Frame Only. We have the Orange Red and will have the Tequila Lime Green when they arrive. Sorry.

No avatar image

Joe | August 18th, 2014

Thanks Kid - no worries, I have an orange on the way… psyched!

No avatar image

Stany De Roos | August 20th, 2014

When will the Salsa design department come to their senses and stop painting beautiful brushed titanium frames. Unfortunately all the Salsa El Mariachi titanium 2013 frames in size M seems to be sold out in Europe.

No avatar image

actualrob | August 20th, 2014

actual rob says: ...and the North Shore. one of the few hardtails I see over there is my el mar underneath my ridiculous ass. and I do it in the middle of a 50 mile rides. I call it fun.

No avatar image

Franqui Albert | August 25th, 2014

Hi guys,

Nice to see that EM stays in the group, the alternator goes for qr, ss, rohloff and bolt axe but why not putting a tube splitter so frame become also belt compatible? Nice colors BTW.

Best regards,


Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 25th, 2014

Franqui Albert - We are testing some belt drive Alternator dropout bikes so that could become a possibility somewhere down the road, but it won’t be 2015 for sure.

No avatar image

Albert Franqui | August 25th, 2014

I know to make a good belt frame not easy stifness in the reartriangle is nessesarry but than you waste the comfort of the EM also how and where split the frame. Just wondering to give the great EM a extra dimension guys.

Best regards,


No avatar image

Chris Tarrant | August 29th, 2014

I’m in the UK and want a medium 2015 El mariachi 2 in tequila lime to run SS rigid (frame only or frame and forks) but no one in the UK has any info about ETA’s. Do you have any dates for the UK or can I buy direct.

No avatar image

Albert Franqui | August 29th, 2014

I was in August at the Lake District and saw a very nice shop at Keswick, looked Salsa minded he had fat bike and horsethief maybe contact that shop. Good luck Chris Tarrant.



No avatar image

Andy | August 29th, 2014

Who’s taken on the UK distribution from Ison?

No avatar image

Chris Tarrant | September 1st, 2014

Thanks Albert I’ll take a look.

Andy, Not sure if anyone has yet I’ve been told that the distribution isn’t resolved yet.

No avatar image

Paul | September 2nd, 2014

I have had email conversations with Salsa and they say shipment of all models to the UK should be around late September/early November. My LBS which deals in Salsa also confirm this. I missed out on a EL Mar SS last season so definitely don’t want to miss the 2015 model particularly if production ceases before 2016.

No avatar image

Chris Tarrant | September 2nd, 2014

Cheers Paul, I’m all sorted now thanks to Albert Franqui. I called Keswick Bikes in the lake district and they had a frame in stock. so now I’m happy and hope to have it built up over the next few weeks.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | September 2nd, 2014

Andy - For 2015 we are working on a frame only solution direct to UK dealers. If interested in a Salsa bike or frame, please have your local shop contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with their basic shop information. Our guys will in turn work with our US distributor’s International team to facilitate the order. 

Thanks for your interest.

No avatar image

Andy | September 2nd, 2014

What about small parts, e.g. Alternator dropouts?

No avatar image

Tom Hoppe | September 16th, 2014

Same comment as above, any insight on a non painted Ti frame? I’ve got a 2013 steel El Mariachi and would like the shorter chainstay and Ti version, but do not want it painted. Don’t really want to strip paint as that voids a warranty on a $1800 frame…

No avatar image

Greg | October 9th, 2014

Received my singlespeed early this week… Just a note incase there are others like me who were constantly Googling to try figure out when they would be shipping.

No avatar image

TJ | October 12th, 2014

Kid, how is the belt drive testing going? Any chance it will available in 2016?

No avatar image

Tom | October 25th, 2014

Hi,  I am riding an El Mariachi single speed,  and hopefully will upgrade to a new TI frame and build it up to do the Tour Divide.  I voided my Salsa warranty and split my frame and my son set it up with a Belt drive.  I love it.    Would be great if Salsa added that as an option.
Check it out…

No avatar image

DLB | December 27th, 2014


That looks very cool.  Please let us know how the bike does and how the Tour Divide goes for you.

I am certain that your model has the best paint scheme of any bike ever.


No avatar image

Deon Kretzschmar | April 1st, 2015

Do you have a dealer/reseller in South Africa? I’m trying to find a frame locally and not having much luck. Otherwise - where can I buy online?

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.