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    Fargo 2 vs Fargo 3

    Hi, can anyone chime in with some advice...I'm looking at buying a Fargo for a 3rd world loaded bike tour and local fire road riding...I have an opportunity at a Fargo 2 with SRAM for $100 bucks more then the Fargo 3 with Shimano...I understand the SRAM are more expensive components so I think it's good price...my concern is the 2 front chain rings vs. 3 front rings on the Fargo 3. Will I be missing much not having the extra chain ring or is there some advantage here? Any and all advice very much appreciated!

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    The 2 sounds like a good deal and I'm very happy with mine. I guess it really depends how much, how long, and where you plan on doing your touring. If it is self supported, weeks into months type of stuff, the bar-end shifters and ubiquitous Shimano drivetrain would win me over to the 3. The 3rd chainring would be nice for long, paved descents; the high gear on the 2 is not very high at all.

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    IMO I would go with the 3. Why? 1. bar end shifters are more durable, and simpler. 2. A triple with a more standardized BCD and a square taper BB is easier to find and replace parts. and 3. its a little cheaper and that extra money can go towards other gear.

    On another note, I would actually build one myself, with full Shimano Deore Trekking group drivetrain, 36 spoke wheels, Shimano Bar End shifters, BB7 brakes(BB5's suck) and a multi surface tire. I have the full Deore group on my Big Dummy which has probably 5000 miles on it and is holding up strong with regular maintenance. Goodluck! I have a Vaya that replaced my Cross-Check and Fargo V.1 and could not be happier with Salsa!

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    will you be riding singletrack? lots of it?
    then integrated shifting and braking makes a whole lot of sense.

    i tried a gen one with bar ends. for world / dirt road touring. yes, they make sense.
    for a bike that is also my MTB when I'm not on the pugsley, i had to have a better way to shift in the woods.

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    thank you everyone for the input/feedback...very much appreciated since I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to the subtle differences in the setups...and I know SRAM vs Shimano has been debated at length which is exactly not what I was interested in, nor did you fine folks go down that road....it seems pretty safe to say;

    1) I'd appreciate the triple chain ring vs the double
    2) Bar end friction would be the choice for remote travel/SRAM shifters have the edge fr pure mtn biking. Microshifters wouldn't be a benefit since they are not friction capable.

    Thanks again everyone!

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    btw surlywhore...I think you gave a great response...exactly the input that is useful and specific and also have to admit...love your user name!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike View Post
    will you be riding singletrack? lots of it?
    then integrated shifting and braking makes a whole lot of sense.

    i tried a gen one with bar ends. for world / dirt road touring. yes, they make sense.
    for a bike that is also my MTB when I'm not on the pugsley, i had to have a better way to shift in the woods.
    I know what you are saying but.....
    how DID we manage to shift back in the day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rallyrcr View Post
    I know what you are saying but.....
    how DID we manage to shift back in the day?
    i have bar ends on paul thumbies on my pugs. works great. not clicky or integrated, just indexed on the rear, and friction on the front. love it.

    but i can't see using, and definitely didn't like reaching down to the bar end position on the gen1 to shift, while in the woods. i also banged the bar ends around quite a bit.

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