I'm excited the announce that I will be riding a Salsa as my race bike from this time forward. My Siren bike have done great for me and I appreciate what Brendan did for me, with the sponsorship on the grassroots World Bicycle Relief Team. First the original Siren 55, ( 69er geared). I love that bike and I'm a bit sad as I strip the parts to transfer to this new one. That bike carried me up and over a lot of mountains and I am thankful for the opportunity to ride it and spread the word about the brand.
Then I got on the Siren John Henry, steel framed 29er and my eyes were opened. I rode it geared for a while, using it as my go to bikepacking bike. Last year, I decided to set it up single speed and ended up racing it that way, I fell in love with single speed again.
Now the issue was that I didn't have a specified bikepacking bike, so last fall I began the search.
Fast forward to Feb, 2015, and with the help of Salsa Bikes, Liberty Bikes (thanks Kevin Hessler and the others at the shop who had a hand in the mix), and Cane Creek Cylcing Components, my race bike will be the Salsa El Mariachi Ti.