I'm 6'4" 280 (this morning, down from 310 last Fall). Cross County Skiing was very helpful in the weight loss over the winter, but with the snow leaving for the next nine months or so, I've decided to return to bicycling for my warmer weather outdoor adventuring. Currently my only bike is a SuperGo Access Comp circa 1988, which was a fairly decent mountain bike in its day, but not so hot on dirt roads and gravel.
I've been eyeing the Salsa Fargo and wanted to know if anyone has experience and/or options about this bike? In particular, I see that the new model is tuned to allow an 80MM front suspension. Is is something I should consider right off the bat?
I don't see myself ever being a 'gonzo' trail rider, but would like to explore easier trails. For my day to day exercise fairly quiet dirt and gravel road abound in my area (SE Michigan) as well as paved bike paths and some rails to trails stuff. I'm not that interested in riding in traffic any more than I have to, so am not considering setting up for regular road riding.
Any other suggestions would be most welcome. My plan is to get one good modern bike and ride the heck out of it this season letting that experience be my guide ongoing. Obviously I'm attracted to the Swiss Army Knife aspect of the Fargo, plus it seems like a keeper no matter where my bicycling interests might ultimately go.
I used to bike a lot when I lived in California, but haven't been seriously on a bike for over a decade.
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