Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mission accomplished - Back up bike completed

Well, between kid activities and a few chores, I managed to get my back up bike finished. All I need to do now is polish it. My back up bike is an original Salsa El Mariachi prototype. This bike is unique in many ways.

The first thing folks notice when I ride this bike is the dual crown plate fork with curvy fork blades.

It also has some old school Salsa down tube decals and cantilever bosses.

I built this bike with a mix of old and a few appropriate "new" parts. I'll call out a few notable parts; M950 8 speed XTR, Avid Ulitmate brakes, Hope headset, Salsa ProMoto Carbon bar, CroMoto stem, Shaft post, & DT 340 hubs with Salsa Delgado X rims. I topped the whole build off with some NOS WTB Nanoraptors. The only part I didn't have that will change from the following photo is I have a gold Salsa Flip Lock seat collar at work. I just forgot to bring it home.

This bike has been built in so many ways. This bike has seen single, fixed, 1x9, rigid, & front suspension. It was even built as a back up bike for Arrowhead. It didn't get used because my buddy chose his Pugsly because of fresh snow.

In the end, I think it is one sweet bike. Just right for just about any trail or gravel road I'll ever ride here in the Midwest. It's so nice to have this bike up and running again.


Captain Bob said...

I love it! Has a somewhat elegant look to it.

Guitar Ted said...

Good to see it come down outta the rafters Jason. I love the look of that one. But then again, I'm a sucker for plate crown forks!