MAMASITA

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

MAMASITA= A hot mama; a hot babe; a ho of particularly hispanic/spanish but possibly other decent Quiero mamasitas ahora! Arriba!

Don’t you just dance Salsa, ride one!

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2 responses to “MAMASITA

  1. Tudor

    Superba bicicleta!
    Salivez din reflex deja cand vad 29-ere…
    De unde? Cu cat? Cum?
    Incerc si eu de 2 luni sa pun mana pe un 29-er si sa fiu al naibii daca reusesc.
    De unde e a ta?

  2. Adi Naghel

    Mesajul asta l-am trimis si pe MTBR:

    Salut,

    M-am introdus prin 2008 pe MTBR… Adrian ma numesc…nu stiu daca mai intri pe aici (MTBR), dar am vrut sa te intreb care mai e situatia cu MTB, si mai ales cu cararile pentru MTB in Romania. Din cate am observat, din ce am mai urmarit pe net in mare parte la noi lumea se da pe drumuri forestiere. De ce nu sunt cararile mai populare, ma refer la single-track? Exista restrictii, sunt pamanturile luate de privati care au obiectii de facut in ceea ce priveste mountain-bikerii? In ce zona a inceput sa devina sportul asta mai popular? Prin Ardeal banuiesc, poate Valea Prahovei pentru DH?
    Ideea e ca imi doresc sa fac un tur vara asta, si ma gandesc sa imi aduc bicicleta prin tara, ca banuiesc ca inca nu au aparut magazine care sa ofere tzoacle decente de inchiriat…
    Iti multumesc anticipat pentru orice raspuns imi vei da, apreciez efortul! Da-i bataie si cu blogul…e marfa!

    Numai bine,

    Adrian Naghel

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