SALSA MAMASITA – THE DIMENSION OF MY RIDES
After a long wait, from the surprise box, Mamasita has stepped out. This is my new 29er bike. Shifting from 26 inches to 29 was a revolution for me… and this time I tought BIG.
To be more precise I will focus on a first ride review and the impressions I had on a frame with a well studied geometry adapted rather for racing than for commuting or any other bike styles. Immediately after building the bike I went on a warm up ride and the second day, together with Robi, Vlad and Voicu I embarked on a more tough ride (from my point of view, as I cycled only on the road this year) on the hills near Cluj.
From the first pedal strokes I was able to confirm: everything was written about the 29er advantages is real! I could feel it! I managed to climb up dusty roads, divided by rain ditches which would have created me great equilibrium troubles on my previous M sized Giant Terrago. The fast descents and the technical ones were not such a big problem anymore and I could approach them feeling more safe and without the sensation of tumbling over the handlebar, a total revolution… Also, the roots became little, more innocent and I could dominate their interference with the trails while flying over them…
Having new discs, the brake efficiency at these initial rides was weaker. I reached this conclusion in fatal moment in which I had to deal with a sudden bend at the end of a descent and when I felt that I rode faster than I should… I stirred in cold blood, I leaned laterally and miraculously I went on without any trouble. I repeated the experience and every time the stirring was precise like a surgeon’s cut.
To bring on some precise data, here you have a technical description of the bike:
Frameset: Salsa Mamasita L sized
Fork: RockShox Reba Race 29, 80mm,
Headset: Tune Bobo
Handlebar: Xtreme pro
Stem: Xtreme XCR
Seatpost: Truvativ XR
Brakes: Magura Louise BAT; 180 mm Alligator discs
Wheels: Velocity Aerohead; Shimano XT hubs
BB and cranks: Shimano XT Hollotech II
Casette: Shimano XT 11-32
Front derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear derailleur: Shimnao XT short cage
Shifters: Shimano XT
Seat: San Marco SKN
Tyres: Bontrager Jones ACX 2,2
Don’t you just dance Salsa, ride one!