Introducing: 2011 El Mariachi Ti

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?

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Tim Krueger

I come from the land of trees, lakes and cheese. I like beef jerky, singletrack and pale ale. I believe derailleurs were invented for a very good reason. Long rides with good friends and campfires is really what its all about. Oh, and if its not anodized, its worthless.


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Chris Crash | January 26th, 2011

Love the improvements and complete bike option, very good call and sure to keep the El Maricachi strong!
What about tire clearance? Is it still 2.3 and small 2.3’s at that?
While this bike is Ti would you say it is torsionally stiffer than the steel version of the bike or the previous generation OX platinum frame?

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jp | January 26th, 2011

Simply stunning.  One can only hope this will be followed by a 2011 Pistola Ti Complete…

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cmherron | January 26th, 2011

Sexy, for sure.  Also, shockingly affordable for a Ti complete.  Well done Salsa folk, well done.  And by the way, if you need any testers in the Fort Collins, CO area please let me know.  I would love to tell you how sweet your bikes are ;)

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Steve Bond | January 26th, 2011


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Wally | January 26th, 2011

Those are all very very nice changes. Wow. As someone else said too, very affordable. Salsa really hit the mark for a ti hardtail and then some.

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nd | January 26th, 2011

I’m also curious about the tire clearance.  Will bigger tires like Maxxis Ardents and Panaracer Rampages fit?  Although, I’d probably more likely run a Geax Saguaro 2.2 or Geax Aka 2.2 on a NoTubes rim.  Any thoughts?  Thanks!

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MG | January 27th, 2011

It turned out beautiful.

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JimC | January 27th, 2011

El Mariachi Ti?...  Spearfish?... El Mariachi Ti?...  Spearfish?... El Mariachi Ti?...  Spearfish?...  Now I’m so confused.  Thanks, Salsa.


Joe | January 27th, 2011

Jim C, sounds like the answer is both…

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Iowagriz | January 27th, 2011

Looks like the fork is the tappered steerer version.  Still have the lockout?

Ordered mine last week, hopefully near the front of your queue. Feel free to upgrade parts on the large you are sending to Rassy’s.


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JimC | January 27th, 2011

Joe… Wait until that youngster of yours gets into college.  The answer will be “Neither”.  (I have two there now.)


Joe | January 27th, 2011

Jim,  I completely get it, we’ve already started a savings account for him.  I’m still paying for my own college education.  It takes some planning and sacrifice to make it all happen.  I am fortunate to have parents like you that made education a priority.  You have some lucky kids!

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Hollis | January 27th, 2011

Beautiful bike, curious, was the frame built in the Volunteer State?

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John | January 27th, 2011

Are the geo figures based on using the external lower TR44 BB cup with tapered fork?

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chsad | January 28th, 2011

Now how about a new dos niner using the same improvements shown on this frame (both ti and alum.).......

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Brad | February 2nd, 2011

Is the El Kaboing frame and bike done? I know the Big Mama is gone for a spell. The Ti bikes look very clean. Love my Juan Solo guys!

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phillabong! | February 2nd, 2011

dude, that is one primo salskey!

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Nathan C Jenkins | February 4th, 2011

I’m 1 Paragon slider away from Heaven…

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Dipendra bhujel | February 5th, 2011

My 2011 El Mariachi TI 23lbs

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Kurt | February 25th, 2011

I’m about 99 percent ready to buy one, and would consider a complete bike if there were build options.  ....I need the classic triple.  Some trails I ride are Freaking steep!!

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Cody Gunst | March 5th, 2011

I was doing some research on geometry and I have a question about forks, All the 100mm/483mm and 80mm/468mm forks I find are way longer than what is spec. in the geometry chart. What forks are being referenced? For instance a Manitou Minute is a 490mm in the 80mm spec. and 510mm in the 100mm spec.

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Tim | March 6th, 2011

Cody -

All our bikes are engineered with the fork lengths figured for the “sagged” position, as that is how the bike is ridden.  So, our rigid forks, since they don’t actually sag, are built in the same length as a suspension fork sagged 20%. 

Additionally, all fork manufacturers will have slightly different lengths of the fork depending on their crown type, and this should not have too great of an effect.


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Cody Gunst | March 6th, 2011

Tim -

Thank you for your quick follow up. Your explanation made a lot of sense. Now I have to make the decision between the El Mariachi Ti and the forthcoming Mamasita.

- Cody

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