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Harmonius Wrench
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Salsa Cycles just released info on their upcoming Big Mama. Check it out on my blog

Or after 10:30am CST today you can go to Salsa's new site and see it there.

It's a pretty sweet new rig! :D Thanks to the Salsa Crew for lettin' me ride it first.
 

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...now, I know this is the 29'er forum, but at this point you're the only one with info about these bikes. Care to share a little info on its 26 inch little sister? Edit: Bikeman claims the EL K. is a 5in full squish.
Good write-up on the Big Mama!
 

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Looks great, but I'd have to see long-term durability on the "no-pivot" design before I bought one. Works great for the Dos, I know, but how many people are putting their Dos through the rigors this set-up may see...
That aside, solid offering from a great company. Salsa gets it.
 

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Mike B, there are pivots, just none on the stays. If Yeti can do it, so can Salsa. The stays flex only 5mm through the course of the travel of the bike. You're looking at a relatively standard single pivot bike.

Congrats on a great looking bike Jason and the Salsa Team. As soon as I saw it last fall, I knew you had something good on your hands. Now I can't wait to ride one!
 

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El Ka-Boinker

RideFaster said:
...now, I know this is the 29'er forum, but at this point you're the only one with info about these bikes. Care to share a little info on its 26 inch little sister? Edit: Bikeman claims the EL K. is a 5in full squish.
Good write-up on the Big Mama!
Yeah, five inches on the El K. It's stays flex even more at 7mm. Otherwise the component spec is identical with a Fox Float RL 140 on front. The head angle is 69 degrees, hmm............color of course, wheel size..:D Yeah, that's about it.

Delivery dates and pricing identical to the Big Mama too.
 

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Well, I figured I'd want one... and I want one...

Now someone just needs to buy a medium ride it gently for 2 months then sell it to me for $750.00....

Or I need to get a part time job at a bike shop...
 

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Harmonius Wrench
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Mike Brown said:
Looks great, but I'd have to see long-term durability on the "no-pivot" design before I bought one. Works great for the Dos, I know, but how many people are putting their Dos through the rigors this set-up may see...
That aside, solid offering from a great company. Salsa gets it.
Mike B, to add to what martini said, Salsa looked at how the drop out attached to that stay too and added a lot more weld area there to accomodate the the obvious increase in stress due to the slightly flexing stay. Also, they told us that they have never seen a Dos Niner break where the chainstay flexes, so they were extremely confident that this design would hold up.
 

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I understand the design, I think- doesn't it differ from the Yeti in that the Yeti's flex point is carbon?
Anyway, I've learned (the hard way) that when any company tries something new and innovative, it's best for me to wait and see if the new product withstands the test of time before I buy it. A few times, including last weekend, new and innovative designs have failed on me in one way or another, sometimes catastrophically. So, I've decided to not be the "first kid on the block" guy and wait to see if the cool new stuff holds up under others.
Again, super-nice looking bike from a great company. Really addresses a market niche. I will be very interested to hear how it performs in total under long-term use.
Mike
 

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The first couple of generations of GF Sugars flexed in the seat stays as well. Although they had some other problems, I do not recall seeing any durability issues on the Sugars and Sugar +'s due to flexing seat stays.

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Good looking bike..I'll have to keep my eye on this one for sure...CF..
You just like orange.

Looks like a well thought out frame in many details and regards.

Love the tire clearance.

Check out the PDF for good photos and details.

Too bad about the me too geometry...yawn. How many times have we seen this:

Big Mama
Head Tube Angle: 71º
Seat Tube Angle: 73º
Chainstay Length: 18.5" (470mm)
 

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Not the price I thought...

Nice looking frame, but it is much more than I thought it would be. Kinda like a Niner FS price range.

I was thinking it would be closer to the Voodoo FS price range. I guess Voodoo has the 29er FS "value" market cornered..still.
 
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