The Salsa Fargo Thread

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  • 11-29-2012
    bnelson
    front der
    sorry if this has been asked but what front derailleur are people using
  • 11-29-2012
    onrhodes
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bnelson View Post
    sorry if this has been asked but what front derailleur are people using

    campy centaur triple with barcon shifters on an XT 3 ring crankset :D
  • 11-29-2012
    Dysun
    Have a shimano xt derailleur with force shifters. Took an xt 2 ring crankset and converted it to 44-28.
  • 11-29-2012
    singlefin
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bnelson View Post
    sorry if this has been asked but what front derailleur are people using

    The new version of the Fargo requires a top-pull front derailleur, the previous one uses a bottom pull low clamp. I run a SRAM X7 low clamp dual pull.
  • 11-30-2012
    bnelson
    Thanks for all the information will look into all the options
  • 11-30-2012
    bmike
  • 12-01-2012
    bwfox
    Suspension Fork Options
    So what susser fork could I use on the Fargo? I want an 80mm and I want to run my stock wheels with 9mm QR axles. I have a Gen II in a L. I want a decent fork for light trail use. I have some riser bars and X7 shifters. I don't want to spend $500 or more...
  • 12-01-2012
    roliryka
    I run the Schwalbe Marathon Dureme 700x50 on my Fargo with Stans rim strips on the stock DT Swiss rims. I use the bike as a commuter over gravel and paved roads along with bike paths. Seems to be a great tire that does well on all surfaces.
  • 12-02-2012
    7ski
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    First impressions
    Thanks to everyone for this great thread. It was really helpful in deciding to get a Fargo. Just wanted to comment on some of the topics that have been discussed regarding the Fargo, sizing, toe overlap, etc. I am 6'2" with long arms and legs, and size 49 feet. I went with the large size. It fits very well with stock components and is my most comfortable bike by far (also have stumpy and roubaix). With regards to toe overlap, it is close. I have about a half inch of room between my toes and the Race King tires that come stock. Am I going to install fenders, no. Size 2.4 inch tires, maybe. Studded 2.4 inch tires, probably not unless I want my toes aerated, will depend on the true tire size. But I am really happy with this size because I have been doing a fair bit of mountain biking with it and the clearance is good and the wheel base is even shorter than my stumpy which I really appreciate on some of the technical stuff (this is not a point and shoot bike ;-). I also use it commuting and it is a great commuting bike for all the canal trails, bike paths, and gravel paths that I take to work. Even good for the construction zones. It really is a go everywhere bike and really happy I chose it over the vaya that I was also looking at. My stumpy and roubaix and both starting to collect dust and are not happy with the new addition to the stable! ;-)
  • 12-02-2012
    roliryka
    Nice Fargo. I wear size 49 insulated Northwave winter shoes and have fenders on my XL 2012 Fargo and haven't had any issues with clearance. Tires are 700x50 but I also did a few rides with the Race Kings before changing and had ok clearance as well with Planet Bike fenders. If I do a bikepacking trip I'll pull the 2.4 ardents off my NinerRIP and remove the fenders. Hopefully there is still room for toe clearance. Is the picture taken near Buffalo Creek? I don't recognize the trail sign but it looks like the landscape. By the way, my Roubaix is a little lonelier as well!
  • 12-03-2012
    acoldsteadyrain
    Hi 7ski, I too opted for the Fargo in lieu of the Vaya. Couldn't be happier. Really feel like there are few limits with the Fargo, and the sacrifice in terms of speed/road riding appears to me to be negligible at best.
  • 12-03-2012
    jddjirikian
    The Fargo is quite possibly the best all-around (non-downhill/serious mountain biking) bike going right now. Light>moderate singletrack, gravel, paved, fire roads, touring etc. It handles it all.

    It has become my preferred bike in my stable. I have a Bianchi San Jose I used to use for gravel riding, and it is now collecting dust.
  • 12-03-2012
    SocratesDiedTrolling
    I'm asking here because many Fargos have Thudbusters, as does mine: how do you adjust the angle of the seat with a Thudbuster? I'm going to try that, or maybe a new saddle, as I love my Fargo, but it's become a literal pain in the nuts.
  • 12-03-2012
    ridehard84
    Thudbuster
    The thud buster has two adjustment screws on the bottom u can change the angle with.
  • 12-03-2012
    docfuel
    Loosen the rear screw, then adjust with the knurled knob/screw that is about 4-5 cm in front of that and tighten the rear screw again.
  • 12-03-2012
    roliryka
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by acoldsteadyrain View Post
    Hi 7ski, I too opted for the Fargo in lieu of the Vaya. Couldn't be happier. Really feel like there are few limits with the Fargo, and the sacrifice in terms of speed/road riding appears to me to be negligible at best.

    I have a 30 mile one way commute and lose about 15 minutes of total time vs my light carbon road bike. Average speed difference about 2 mph. The comfort of the bike is worth it plus being able to jump curbs and hit potholes without worry. The bike is the Swiss Army knife of bikes!
  • 12-03-2012
    docfuel
    The 6 mile climb from my house to the usual meeting place for most of my road bike rides takes about 30 minutes on the road bike and about 32 on the MTB with Race Kings. From there, I lose about 1-1.5 mph over the next 13 miles and 2100' of climbing. Downhill, if I don't spin out, I keep up just fine. Actually, if I spin out, I can keep up by tucking.
  • 12-03-2012
    the_agent
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    This might be pure sacrilege, but just a quick preview of the direction I'm going in as it currently sits in the shop.
  • 12-04-2012
    onrhodes
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Miltony527 View Post

    They do!
    http://salsacycles.com/images/sized/...-500pxx355.jpg
  • 12-05-2012
    richmotion
    Two years ago I thought about the Fargo, but since I had most parts from an old bike, I ended up with the Surly Cross Check, which is an excellent versatile bike. I never got the Fargo out of my head though.

    Yesterday I ordered a Salsa Fargo Titanium Frame!

    Model 2012 - there are some left here in Europe, and much cheaper than the 2013-model which is still not available here. I also ordered some serious parts, I think I got the right symbiosis of price, weight and durability.

    Ready to go my Fargo should weigh around 23,2 lbs, naked. Added with fenders and racks it should make a very light touring bike. Stripped I will have an excellent CC-mountainbike, which should handle everything I am able to.
    I am very looking forward to build it up. I will post pictures and parts list when finished...

    Richard
  • 12-05-2012
    Owlish
    Richmotion:
    So if several of us put together a group buy for European Ti Fargos and made it worth your while, would you buy them and ship to us here in the U.S.?
  • 12-05-2012
    BlueViajero
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by richmotion View Post
    Two years ago I thought about the Fargo, but since I had most parts from an old bike, I ended up with the Surly Cross Check, which is an excellent versatile bike. I never got the Fargo out of my head though.

    Yesterday I ordered a Salsa Fargo Titanium Frame!

    Model 2012 - there are some left here in Europe, and much cheaper than the 2013-model which is still not available here. I also ordered some serious parts, I think I got the right symbiosis of price, weight and durability.

    Ready to go my Fargo should weigh around 23,2 lbs, naked. Added with fenders and racks it should make a very light touring bike. Stripped I will have an excellent CC-mountainbike, which should handle everything I am able to.
    I am very looking forward to build it up. I will post pictures and parts list when finished...

    Richard

    Good project!
    Greetings.
  • 12-05-2012
    BlueViajero
  • 12-05-2012
    richmotion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Owlish View Post
    Richmotion:
    So if several of us put together a group buy for European Ti Fargos and made it worth your while, would you buy them and ship to us here in the U.S.?

    First you should know that the Fargo TI 2012 is sold for USD 2122 here in Europe. That was the cheapest one available, Frame only, of course. In your case I would wait for the 2013, I strongly believe that the newer frame is still cheaper in the US than the older one here in EU. If you are still interested I could ask how many there are left and what the shipping to the US would cost. But I think it is not worth shipping an already more expensive frame back to the US...

    Regards,
    Richard
  • 12-05-2012
    Owlish
    Good points. I'll be patient. Thanks for replying!