A quick update on the Mariachi.
In the interests of mountain bike handling and practicing technical skills, I wanted to throw a shorter (70mm) stem on it. I also wanted to look at a slight riser bar shape, for greater comfort on long SS rides.
I didn’t want to, but had to do Thomson. And if you’re doing Thomson X-4, that means dress-up kit.
Standard RATG garage shot.
These bars are a wee bit narrower than the stock aluminum ones. I haven’t yet decided if I like that…I was digging the wideness of the stock bars. We’ll see. However, I’m amazed at what a huge change the shorter stem makes in the bike’s handling. I’m loving it. There’s just enough room to get my Garmin on there…but the steering is right now direct…without being twitchy. It’s a match made in heaven. And the dress-up kit looks…snawesome. Also, FWIW, a 140 gram weight reduction (’bout a third of a pound).
I’ve been putting on SS miles lately, because I really like this bike, because I’m really trying to work on technique, and because the SS kicks my butt. It’s a different kind of workout. You have moments where you’re spun out on the road, and moments where you’re standing on the pedals, heaving with all of your might…and no gears to help you out.
The Mariachi invites exploration. The (somewhat heavy) 2.2″ Trail Kings have tons of traction and reasonable volume, and inspire confidence in all conditions. And so, I put them through their paces, with some trailbusting.
Busting through hip-tall grass, crossing drainage culverts, riding across plowed fields…just another day, living the dream.