I thought Iíd start a separate thread about my Fargo build to stop the pages turning over so fast in the Fargo Thread. Like all Fargo builds, itís unique in some way(s) and when it comes to cutting a short story long, I have history. So grab a beer and kick back.
Last November my 12yo daughter and I planned a bike path ride from Boondall Station to Redcliffe via Sandgate and the Ted Smout Bridge across Hayes Inlet. We were heading along the Gateway Arterial Rd when traffic started to brake suddenly. The cars ahead were going left and right in turn. Mine was to vere right, so I did and came to a halt. A split second later I was rear ended with my OnOne Inbred swinging in between my car and the motor bike that hit me. Yes, a motorbike.
He actually came to a stop behind me. So did the lady behind him. Unfortunately the bloke behind her did not. He was over the (alcohol) limit and feeding his face. He hit her. She hit the motorbike and catapulted him in to me.
ďThat was a motorbike!Ē I exclaimed as I leapt from the car. I started removing my T shirt expecting to have to fill a hole in this bloke. I was reminding myself that heíd be relying on me and that I better not fall apart and let him down.
I got out seeing him still on the bike several meters back from my ute. The OnOne was now like a mangled handle bar ornament, having been dislodged from the carrier and the riderís feet poking through the front wheel and frame. He was bloody sore the next day, but I was amazed to see him helped to his feet and instantly fire up a ciggy.
So here is the OnOne Inbred.
I had a love hate thing going with the Inbred. It kind of did everything well, but excelled atÖwellÖ.maybe I did just love itÖ.a little. Iím glad and sad that itís gone. Itís kind of weird. I had taped up bits of tube where the eyelets might have been Ė including the rack stays that saw quite a load - and cable tied everything Ė including those rack stays Ė and a fake brake bridge of perforated strap on the fork for the front guards.
So my insurer coughed and I added a fair bit of loot and built the Fargo. The frameset, Planet Cascadia guards and Wanderlust rack came from Bikeman USA. Everything else came from the UK with the exception of the shifters from Germany and the brakes locally.
The Fargo for me was a bike I had wanted for ages. The Inbred was a Fargo in disguise the day it died. I had a litany of sorry, we actually donít have that in stock. This happened several times and pissed me off . Itís not so hard to keep track of the money, but itís a pain when tracking refunds comes in to it. Not hard, but a pain.
Well, the first one was the frame. Let me say straight up Ė Bikeman were awesome. I ordered the CrŤme and got the newer Brown Fargo with 44mm head tube for the same price without asking. It was just offered without question. I actually rang to confirm and was reassured. Delivery was superfast. The goodies were dispatched the day after the big storm and here in a week. Great stuff Bikeman. I am very impressed. Australian Fargophiles, take note Ė this is where to buy your Fargo.
Wheels: This was the hardest decision. I went with two wheelsets with the same hubs and rotors, so I can just change from one to the other. No need for tyre changes. Both have Hope Pro 2 hubs and DT Comp spokes. The paved wheelset has Sun Ringle Inferno 25 rims and the dirt set has WTB Frequencyi23. Time will tell. So far the Infernos seem excellent and the other one is still in pieces.
The tyres are Michelin City 47c. I also have Continentals of the same size. The Michelins feel better and are definitely a very tough tyre, but you can never trust a tyre like you can trust a Conti touring tyre. The gold standard in bullet proof. For off road I must confess my love for standard, folding Geax Saguaros. Itíll be interesting to see if they mate as magically with the WTB rims as they do with my Flows. Iíd also like to try the TCS Nano and Wolverine with the WTB rims.
Bars: I am really happy that I went with the 42cm Woodchippers. Itís important to note that I test rode a Fargo with the wide ones and they felt too wide. While I am 178cm (5í10Ē) I use a 590mm bar on my Big Mama and 42cm on my road bike. I hate wide MTB bars and didnít like the wide Woodchippers either. I also didnít like the way the shifters were facing inward on the Fargo I rode.
I know this is the norm, but wonder how it ended up that way. Mine face forward and feel great when braking in the drops. There is a spot on the inside bottom of the shifter that can be exposed if you arenít aware when wrapping. A minor point and I might have done better not to mention it. If you decide to face the shifters forward, just watch for it and itíll turn out fine. Not noticeable if it doesnít. I feel very comfortable in every hand position. No regrets.
I used Salsa bar tape. I am happy with it. I always wrap top down. All road bars used to be wrapped top down until the modern day genius decided having hideous electrical tape everywhere was a master stroke. Top down requires no tape at either end of the wrap and Iíve had my road bike done with similar cork tape, hassle free for long enough that itís wearing through from age and no curled over bits, or what ever the BS problem is supposed to be.
Stem and Headset: I scrimped a bit here, but am very happy with the value for money FSA stuff. I never meant to keep the stem as I thought Iíd end up with a 25degree Salsa stem once I worked out the height. As it turns out The bar height I want seems lower than most are going with and the final number of spacers may even be reduced. This is good news because I prefer the look of the 6degree stem and like the FSA stem and headset.
Seat and Post: The only second hand items. Old Rolls saddle and Ritchey post. Nothing to say. Saddles are personal. I use a Ti Rolls on the Big Mama. Theyíre my thing. The OnOne legacy of this build.
Other accessories: I use a hand held GPS that rides in a Camelbak of pannier, so I have a cheap, basic Sigma computer on all my bikes. Topeak top tube bag and Saddle bag and the cages are Blackburn 5mm stainless. I still think the plastic Profile Design Kage is the best bottle cage Iíve ver seen, but these look great and seem tough enough.
Mounting the guards: The OnOne had SKS Cromoplastics and I straightened and salvaged the mounting kit so I could rebend them (properly) and experiment without using (or damaging) the Cascadia mounts until I am certain of what I want.
On the front I used the nutsert half way up the inside of the fork. With disc brakes and cages on the fork I feel that I made the right choice. I cut a short piece of left over rack stay and drilled a hole at either end for the top mount. I also used a fair few washers to rotate the guard forward. Every time I see a Fargo with these guards, the front seems rotated too far rearward, especially compared to the rear guard.
The rear guard was installed with a Saguaro on the rear wheel and the gap on the front benchmarked form the rear which was installed first. My front derailleur is a Shimano SLX with a bottom pull arm. This arm is useless on the Fargo and when trying to clear big tyres, hits the guard. I hacksawed it off Ė as I did to the one on the OnOne Inbred.
A consistent gap required a few washers on the chain stay bridge and the seat stay bridge guide is not quite maxed out, so I can get more clearance if I want it. They stays, as per the front are the salvaged SKS ones. If you use the lower eyelet at the back, the most forward stay hits the rack. If youíre custom bending the front stays as I did, a little bend here isnít a consideration. I didnít think I had the length in the old stays I used, so just flexed out the rack a little and mounted the stays under it. This is only a few mm and the rack didnít complain.
Brakes: BB7 Road. No prizes for guessing. Shimano have some decent cable discs now, but I have used BB7s on my MTB before and it was an easy call with no reviews around for the new Shimanos. They came with 160mm G2 rotors. I bought a pair of 180mm rotors to match so will have a 180/160 combo on each set of wheels.
The Group Set: OK, this is where it gets interesting. I canít stand double chain rings on MTBs and the Fargo has to function as an MTB or you may as well get a Vaya. I live in Brisbane. Itís hilly Ė everywhere Ė will very few flat spots. There is no way a SRAM Apex or anything else is going to give me the extended climbing and top end gears I need. To be honest, I have reservations about fully load climbing on dirt around here with a 24F/36R and canít understand why the 42F isnít a 44. I use a 22F/34R on the Big Mama and get to spend lots of time in it around here, so perhaps a 22 is on the cards. I have a mate who put one on a 10 speed double without any problems.
I am also a huge XT fan and get huge life out of the stuff. So this is how I made my 10 speed triple work with 105 road shifters;
10 speed road - ST5703 105 Triple
10 Speed MTB Ė XT Triple Crank set, XT 11-36 Cassette, XT Chain X2(I rotate 2 chains).
9 Speed MTB Ė XT Shadow Rear Derailleur, SLX Front Derailleur (XT out of stock)
The throw on the 9 speed RD is the same as the 105 and the shadow clears the 36. I also had a 2007 XT with the B screw maxed and it cleared. The throw needs to be increased by 1.337 times on the front. Enter Shiftmate #7. It works perfectly and is easy to install.
So I would say go for it on this gear combo. Itís working so well.
I hope I didnít bore you all too much.
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