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    Salsa Cycles "Enabler" Fat Front Fork

    This was seen at Interbike, but it appears it is on its way to reality. (Pic courtesy of Salsa's Facebook page)
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    Sexy. Great name.

    Looks like...135mm?
    I'm covered in beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLONG
    Sexy. Great name.

    Looks like...135mm?
    Yep. 135mm, two water bottle mounts, ala the Fargo, and stainless forward facing drop outs.

    It looked suspension corrected to my eyes when I handled it at Interbike.
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    If only I could make my 100mm dynamo hub fit 135mm.

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    good idea with the bottle mounts,if your already running a fork and want to add bottle mounts just use part of the heavy plastic brackets for reflectors that come on new bikes,my LBS had lots of them kicking about,work a treat, cost nothing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Yep. 135mm, two water bottle mounts, ala the Fargo, and stainless forward facing drop outs.

    It looked suspension corrected to my eyes when I handled it at Interbike.
    So no go on the Fargo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuanswan
    So no go on the Fargo?
    Not unless there is a shorter axle to crown one in the works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Not unless there is a shorter axle to crown one in the works.
    Pusley fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71
    good idea with the bottle mounts,if your already running a fork and want to add bottle mounts just use part of the heavy plastic brackets for reflectors that come on new bikes,my LBS had lots of them kicking about,work a treat, cost nothing
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    Ok now I'm impressed.

    Riding 2.5 hours home 1000 elevation gain was a pain with only two bottles. I need 3+ to keep it safe. I'm going to build these this week.

    I wanted fork mounted water bottle mounts for my commuter bike, ala Salsa Fargo. This will do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaryJerry
    Pusley fork?

    17mm offset one wouldn't be ideal. Speaking of offset, the fork offset is only 43mm. Fargos have a minimum offset of 50mm. (55mm on sizes Large and smaller) You'd be getting major toe overlap with a Pugsley fork. The axle to crown is a smidge higher on the Pugsley too, but that isn't the big issue here. The offset is just all wrong for a Fargo running a Pugsley fork.
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    Careful with those plastic clips - they can get a bit brittle after some exposure to sun, or when it gets cold. They are designed to hold a one ounce reflector, not a 28-ounce bottle! A bottle into the front wheel at any significant speed could be catastrophic!
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    Two more shots liberated from the Salsa Facebook page
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    Salsa Speaks!!

    Thought you fat bike freaks would appreciate this. Jason Boucher, head honch of Salsa Cycles, posted this comment on Twenty Nine Inches regarding the Enabler Fork:


    Hey folks, Butcher from Salsa here.
    Just wanted to say thanks for all the interest in the ďEnablerĒ. Itís a pretty neat product that is clearly in the prototype phase. Because it is in the prototype phase, we canít answer some of the questions. We can tell you a few of the ideas around this fork.

    It is obviously Surly Endomorph compatible and aimed at 29ers. With the coming of Surlyís new Larry tire there is new opportunity for a fork like this. Sure a suspension fork and standard 29er wheel may be lighter. Who cares? That set up simply canít give you the float and in some cases the fun that you can have with a fork & wheel set up like this.

    2 years ago, I rode my El Mariachi this way for the winter.. It worked pretty good. No, not snow bike good, but good enough for me to ride more stuff with a bike I already own. What I found out then is that generally speaking the rear wheel follows the front and short of breaking trail I had more overall float and ability than on my comparibly equipped standard 29er front wheeled bike. Again, this set up canít compare to a snow bike. It can however, give you an option if you canít afford a specialty snow bike. Itís an eye opener for sure.

    Regarding the fork and brake set up. This specific fork works with standard rear hubs and a front brake. It is a prototype and certainly could change if needed
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    hmmm a Salsa Fat Fargo sounds like a pretty cool bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racerxti
    hmmm a Salsa Fat Fargo sounds like a pretty cool bike.
    I'd buy it in a hot minute.

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