New El Mariachi Complete Bike

I've written it before, but I will say it again, the El Mariachi has long been my best friend in cycling.  We have introduced the new El Mariachi frame earlier this year, and have shared the great details including Kung Fu tubing and the Alternator dropout.  Today, I am pleased to present you with the 2011 El Mariachi complete bike.

As with the frameset, we spent the better part of two years discussing, testing, and creating the bike that we felt is the best all-around 29er for the money. We wanted a bike that was high-performance, yet not pretentious. We wanted a bike that was high-end, yet not expensive. And mostly, we wanted a bike that we would be proud to ride ourselves.

Starting with the excellent new El Mariachi frame, we decided to add a RockShox Reba RL Maxle fork in 100mm travel mode. The Maxle is bombproof, simple and stiff, and the 100mm of travel is what the new frame was designed for. This primary component gives the bike all-day comfort and control. A SRAM 2x10 drivetrain was chosen due to the excellent range and simplicity of the system, while also keeping cost reasonable. The 27/40T FSA crankset and 12-36 SRAM cassette give plenty of gear ratios for climbing and cruising. The Salsa cockpit of the Pro Moto stem, Pro Moto 11-degree handlebar, and Shaft seatpost are all the reliable work-horses of our lines. They do their job well,  and are pretty good looking to boot.  To cap it all off, we chose to use tubeless compatible rims from NoTubes, DT Swiss butted spokes, Formula sealed cartridge hubs, and WTB Bronson tires to give you that connection to the dirt that we all crave.

At an MSRP of $1750, the El Mariachi makes it easy to become your best friend too.

Spec List

  • Frame – Salsa El Mariachi, Kung Fu tubing with Alternator dropout
  • Fork – RockShox Reba RL Maxle 100mm
  • Headset – Cane Creek S-3, custom for Salsa
  • Stem – Salsa ProMoto
  • Handlebar – Salsa Pro Moto 11-degree flat bar
  • Brakes – Avid Elixir 5, 185mm front rotor, 160mm rear rotor
  • Shifters – SRAM X.7 2x10 triggers
  • Seatpost – Salsa Shaft
  • Saddle – WTB Silverado custom for Salsa
  • Cranks – FSA Comet 386 27/40T
  • Cassette – SRAM PG-1050 12-36
  • Chain – SRAM PC-1051
  • Front Derailleur – SRAM X.7 double
  • Rear Derailleur – SRAM X.9 10 speed
  • Hubs – Formula sealed cartridge bearing, red anodized
  • Spokes – DT Swiss Competition, black
  • Rims – NoTubes Arch 29er
  • Tires – WTB Bronson 29 x 2.3"

We will begin shipping the new El Mariachi starting mid October.   Note, our first production of bikes was pretty small and are already presold to our Salsa Authorized Dealers.   To get a hold of one, we recommend you contact one of them.   Check our dealer list here

Thanks for checking out the El Mariachi Complete bike. We are excited to offer it.

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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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jp | September 21st, 2010

This El Mar looks absolutely gorgeous, and absolutely rocks.  Is there an Ala Carte complete in the works as well?  Would be nice to see some Salsa love for 26er riders also.

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Jessica | September 21st, 2010

Wait, why is that one not blue? Because I really want an El Mariachi, but I already have a blue bike. Not that that would stop me, but black!? Black is better.

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CG | September 21st, 2010

As an owner of the last generation complete I think you address all of the places where the previous model was not weak but could be improved upon. A stiffer frame, 100mm Maxel Reba,the Elixers (185/160 rotor size to boot) and tubeless wheelset. This promises to be an extremely versatile and reliable ride.
Nice work guys!

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captain bob | September 21st, 2010

Sweet!  Curious.  Is the geometry the same as all of the hardtails that are designed around the 80mm forks?  If so, then the longer fork will be raising the standover height and the bb.  If so, what are the new measurements on it?  My 20in Selma fits me perfect but with any less standover height it would be too tall.  Thanks!  Really cool bike guys!

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jonnyx | September 21st, 2010

That looks fffffantastic!

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R | September 21st, 2010

Great looking bike at a great price, but whats up with the 27:36 granny gear?  That might be ok for you flatlanders and professional racers, but that sounds harsh for us recretational-riding, mountain folk.

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Lovin it | September 21st, 2010

Oh man… do I convince my wife that this is a need???????

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Travis | September 21st, 2010

PLEASE confirm that that the complete will come in Blue - The build is absolutely perfect! Exactly what I would want and was planning to build when I saw the new frame.  PLEASE confirm that its available as a complete in Black and Blue.

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antonino giuffre | September 22nd, 2010

ok for all but black ! I dont like the color .

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carlo | September 22nd, 2010

black is spunky!!
but i have the model previous and that will be kicking for ages

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Guitar Ted | September 22nd, 2010

No blue completes as far as I know. The bike actually isn’t black either. It is a really cool looking gray with some metalflake going on in the sun. A really great look with all the red anodized bits.

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Chris | September 22nd, 2010

this might be the mtn bike I buy this year…..  great job guys!

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MGK | September 23rd, 2010

No SS complete builds??  Come on, man. Even in not-so-flat north/central Idaho we’re rockin’ the ss.

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Darryl Cram | September 25th, 2010

so what is the difference between the 2010 and 2011 frame?

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Tim | September 25th, 2010

Can this frame be set up for single speed?  Also, can you give a weight for the complete bike, small frame?

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Bill | September 27th, 2010

I can’t wait for mine to arrive!  I have one on order, and though I was bummed that it didn’t come in time for Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, September 18th, my life isn’t too terrible . . . When Tim Krueger heard about my problem, he kindly provided me with his ti version to ride in the race!  Talk about customer service! 

Loved the bike and rode to a lifetime best.  That said, I’m still anxious for mine to arrive.

Thanks again, Tim.

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brandenkuehne | September 27th, 2010

I love my new Mariachi. I went with the frame only and built it up from there and could not be happier. I did the same and put a Reba 29er Ti up front with a maxle lite. Wow. What a fun bike to ride.

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Lovin it | October 11th, 2010

The specs now posted say 2.1” tires instead of the 2.3” stated here….just curious….how come the change?  And, the white forks on this particular complete also look soooooo good.  Will they only be available in black though?  I know, I know, that one is only looks as opposed to the tire concern…but white just is perfect on that bike!  :-)

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Travis T | October 18th, 2010

Anywhere in the Twin Cities have one of these in stock? Preferrably a large!

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bv | October 28th, 2010

I will have one of these.  No doubt about it.  Any chance of a blue complete, though?

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MG | November 12th, 2010

I love that color… If I were gonna’ get one, I’d want one in this color, for sure!  Awesome…

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Nev | November 12th, 2010

OK, so NOW when can we get a Mariachi frame—need a large. Is the new dealer quote of mid December good or is it next year? All larges are out, right? We waiting for the next batch?

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Darryl | November 13th, 2010

Hi, just ordered my small frame from my LBS. Here in Australia the price for frame only has dropped to $795! From $1150!

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Darryl | January 18th, 2011

The second bidon mounts don’t work on a small frame!! Not sure what I can use them for either.

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Yohan | January 21st, 2011

I’m still waiting the frame in Europe !!!
Could you told me went it will be available !!!

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Steve Orr | January 28th, 2011

What’s the weight on this beauty in a size L?

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GIovanni | February 10th, 2011

Hi Tim

Very nice, is this a medium bike pictured here, just curious. And do you get much toe overlap on a medium or small frame.

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John | February 26th, 2011

HI, I just ordered a mariachi!!!!I am stoked and can’t wait to ride my 29. I tested a single speed and thought the ride was awesome! I bought the complete and the color looks way cool! Is everyone happy with the bike? I can’t wait for mine to ship!!!!!!

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Big Ben | March 19th, 2011

Just ordered my complete El Mar, coming Monday! This is going to be my work / teaching bike to help spread the Salsa / 29er word here in England.
I built a full custom Ti El Mar in Oct last year and it is the best riding bike I have ever had the privilege to own. I had all my bikes stolen and built the Ti to replace a full suss and a hardtail - best thing I have ever done (bike wise)
I hammered the Ti El Mar in North Wales (Coed-y-brenin) last week and it was incredible. The flow and pace over very heavy rocky black runs was wonderful and balanced, just skipped over the top. It changed the preconceptions of a number of my big rig full suss riding friends.
Great work - Thank you Salsa.

Big Ben

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