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    Looking for a new steel frame for a Allrounder/Commuter bike. (Fargo vs Drove)

    Hey,

    For about year ago I built a CX with Sram force 1 set. Purpose was to have a tarmac/gravel bike for rides that didnt require a full suspension mtb.

    The CX 1x11 setup has been a blast, though I would like to do more with the bike, and to do more I want to have a rear rack and also something more comfortable to ride. I want to build more allrounder/commuter bike.

    Been looking at Wolverine Soma and Kona Sutra (also roadhouse). These are valid options with rack options and more Comfort.

    Been also looking at Salsa Fargo and Cutthroat, but would like to stay at steel, so cutthroat goes away (seems to only come in carbon).

    Similar to Fargo is Shand Drove: Drove Rohloff : Lightweight steel off-road / gravel Rohloff touring bike with disc brakes ? Shand Cycles

    The Fargo and Drove appeal to me. They seem very comfortable to ride and have good rack options.

    Though I got some concerns if my force set is a good option for a frame like this, will it work good or will it be less ideal? (considering its more or less a mtb with drop-bars). Looking at the Salsa Fargo 2017 it comes with a Rival 1 set so I guess it would be ok?

    appreciate any feedback,

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    +1 on the fargo
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    The 2017 Fargo is now going to fit 29+ or 27.5+ tires. It sounds like Salsa just renamed the Deadwood Fargo for 2017. It was basically the same thing tweaked for fat tires. Good luck on the bike hunt.
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    Cant say much about both bikes, but looking at the dropouts, the drove seems to be dedicated to the rohloff igh. The fargo has more versatile dropouts incl possibility for a rear derailer so that would more fit your needs for your 1x11 setup.

    However I am a big rohloff fan so I would say +1 on the drove

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    Reading the description its 12x142 & 1x11 compatible too (shand sells it with 12x142 dropouts), so shouldnt be problem, or does the rohloff mess it up somehow?


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    Cutthroat is basically a carbon Fargo with slightly racier geometry. Deadwood was basically a Fargo with more room for 29+ on an experimental basis. Folks liked the idea, so Salsa just modded the Fargo to work with bigger wheels/tires. Just like the how Salsa gave the Mukluk 197mm dropouts and then got rid of the Blackboro. Streamlining the number of models/skus.

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    I have been commuting on a Fargo for over a year now. I love it. If I could go back and time and get a different bike, I wouldn't.

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    Thanks for the tips, I went with the drove in the end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by w0lla View Post
    Thanks for the tips, I went with the drove in the end.


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