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Old 03-11-17, 12:25 PM   #76
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Although Salsa's website isnt very clear, their hardware kit will allow you to add a different rack to the marrakesh.

It says on the "Multiple cargo loading options" Tab

"Other racks can be fitted with the use of the Alternator Rack hardware kit or P-clamps."
The salsa alternator drop-outs and rack use a larger than standard bolt. A 6mm instead of 5mm I believe. Therefore, it might not work well with all racks. If the rack has a simple strut that can be drilled out, you should be ok. But I'm thinking some of the Tubus racks won't work at all with a bigger bolt.

Also the rack will sit higher than normal, since the mounting bolt is slightly higher than a typical rack mounting bolt position.
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Old 03-11-17, 08:35 PM   #77
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That's a lot of stuff.

That front panniers are scary low. Did you have any problem with them?
They are pretty low. I didnt have them full and the weight made them sag a bit. After the pic I noticed it and tightened them up. I havent ever had a problem yet.
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Old 03-11-17, 08:39 PM   #78
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The salsa alternator drop-outs and rack use a larger than standard bolt. A 6mm instead of 5mm I believe. Therefore, it might not work well with all racks. If the rack has a simple strut that can be drilled out, you should be ok. But I'm thinking some of the Tubus racks won't work at all with a bigger bolt.

Also the rack will sit higher than normal, since the mounting bolt is slightly higher than a typical rack mounting bolt position.
You are right, it does use a 6mm bolt. and not all racks will work. I was just repeating what Salsa said on their website.
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Old 03-13-17, 03:34 AM   #79
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Mine

The best thing about my Marrakesh is the fit as it fits me like a glove. It's very stable but the components seem cheap.
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Old 03-19-17, 11:51 AM   #80
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I am jumping into bike touring as a stone cold newbie. I have been riding road bikes for years, and after a suggestion by my wife we decided to get touring bikes. We didn't do much shopping and have absolutely nothing to compare to. But I really like my Salsa Marrakesh. I got my bike in late November, but due to snow, ice, and the fact I would rather ski this time of year I only have a little over a hundred miles on it. I've commuted to work a couple times. I have found the bike comfortable, and even though the tires are pumped up at close to max pressure, it rides very smoothly. I'm thinking the 700 x 38 tires will be great for both pavement and gravel and dirt riding. Currently the longest ride is 30 miles. The Brooks seat was comfortable even though it is nowhere close to broken in. I did switch out the bar end shifters for some STIs. It required a change to the front derailleur, but is shifts smoothly. I have no feedback about the rear rack, how it sits, etc. All I know is that my paniers fit fine and the bike handled great with both of them loaded for my commute.

The only negative comment is minor and may be common to most frames. When I have the front racks on the bike I can't remove the wheel without taking out the quick release skewer. Not really a problem,, but it is a hassle. Oh yes. after taking considerable time installing fenders and a front rack, I quickly realized I will need to remove the rack to put the bike on bicycle mount on the top of my car.

At the end of the month we will be heading to Death Valley for some sun, warmth and riding. It will be a shakedown cruise on fully loaded bikes. Perhaps I can give a more full report at that time. But so far, so good
Nice, thanks for the review and keep us posted as you put on more miles. I was the original poster and have not yet taken the plunge, but enjoy reading everyone's reviews. Chris
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I've been riding my Marrakesh as a regular commuter for about 4 months. In many ways, I love it, and I'll try to take time to post a thoughtful review later. However, I did experience shifting issues within the first month of light riding. I brought it into my LBS to be addressed as part of my free one-month tune-up, which only solved the problem temporarily. Within another three or four weeks, I was having gears jump on me without shifting, and skipping gears when I did shift. I can't hear any noise that would suggest that the derailleur itself is misaligned, so I'm not sure what's going on. I haven't had the chance to take a look at it, but I'm going to this weekend.

Anyone else having shifting issues on their Marrakesh?
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Old 04-04-17, 10:29 AM   #83
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I think the Marrakesh has barcons similar to my Randonee. When I first bought the bike, I had to adjust the tightness on the barcons themselves before they 'clicked' properly and the bike didn't shift on its own.

After 4000 km the barcons have some slack, although they shift properly. I am going to leave this to REI to tackle.
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I have Shimano 9-speed barcons with a long cage MTB derailleur and I found it required a little finesse to shift properly in indexed mode. I adjust the cable's tension such that the rear derailleur downshifts crisply (going from larger to smaller cog). When I set the cable for correct downshift then the upshift (from smaller cog to larger cog) is sluggish or even doesn't happen unless I give it a little extra rotation and force the shift, then relax the lever. After a couple hundred miles I really had it down, it's second nature these days.
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For road use, are most using 700cm tires, or is 26" an option?
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Mine came with 700 but off hand I would say no to 26 wheels although Salsa has a lot of models for bike camping with 26 wheels.
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For road use, are most using 700cm tires, or is 26" an option?
I think 27.5x2.2-2.35 would more readily match the outer diameter of a 700x40C tire, but you might drop the bottom bracket a little.
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Just an update to say that I brought my Marrakesh into my LBS to address the errant and unresponsive shifting. They ended up upgrading my MicroShift shifters to Dura-Ace all under warranty. Score! The Dura-Ace shifters have a hard and solid click that I love.

After about 40 miles I began to have the same issue, and I was ready to lose my mind. BUT this time, fortunately, only a slight barrel adjustment was needed. A few hundred miles after that adjustment, the shifting is still super responsive. I finally feel like this thing is tour-ready. Still need a front rack though.
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