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    Fargo as a MTB

    I know the Fargo is a capable adventure bike. But is it MTB replacement? It seems like a it's too heavy for a road bike but not quite up to true MTB duty. I might be wrong but that's why I ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    I know the Fargo is a capable adventure bike. But is it MTB replacement? It seems like a it's too heavy for a road bike but not quite up to true MTB duty. I might be wrong but that's why I ask.
    The Fargo will take all the abuse that an El Mar would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    The Fargo will take all the abuse that an El Mar would.
    I've been dumping a lot of older 26" bikes. The Fargo and El Mariachi are high on the list of new bikes.
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    I frequently ride my Fargo on off road mtb trails, its as perfectly capable as any other rigid mtb

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    I have a Fargo set up with a Rabbit Hole 29+ front end. the rear rim is a carbon 30mm hoop and the drivetrain is a 1X10 Shimano set up. I am currently running the Jones H loop bars and i love this bike for all types of offroad fun. The Geometry is very similar to a Jones frame that i was initially going to get for this build, but the Fargo frame is lighter and the ride is great.
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    Should only be limited by your skill and expectations.

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    Its hard not to get into the drop bar conversation when asking the question, but I remember comparing the geometry of El Mariachi and Fargo frames prior to pulling the trigger on my El Mariachi frame. I purchased the Fargo V2 fork because it was identically spec'd to the Salsa Cromoto Grande fork that came in the Mariachi frameset...except the Fargo fork had anything cage braze ons and rack/fender mounts. It has been 3.5 years on that bike and after coming off a 5inch travel full suspension bike, I can honestly say I enjoy riding this bike a little more through the same trails in San Diego's rocky terrain. Obviously the lack of suspension has its own pros and cons, but as far as geometry goes, it has been phenomenal. The Fargo isn't too different in geometry, but it is slightly different.

    Here is my initial review and explanation for why I pulled the trigger on the Salsa El Mariachi with Fargo fork 3.5 years ago:

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