Fargo is our original drop bar mountain bike. A bit of a cult classic, Fargo, it is designed for the rider that likes long days on smooth to rugged surfaces, while carrying everything needed to do it all again tomorrow. The comfort and real estate of a drop bar, singletrack capable geometry, and comfortable Cobra Kai tubing provide a ride that’s always able to fulfill the most imaginative endeavor. For 2017, Fargo has been updated with shorter chainstays and a split-able Alternator V. 1.5 dropouts for belt drive compatibility. New front end geometry to accommodate a 51mm offset fork, and clearance for 27.5+, 29”, or 29+ wheels and tires, eliminate any guesswork about just where into the wild unknown you and Fargo could go.

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Can I run 27.5+ rims and tires on this frameset? +
Can I run 27.5” (650b) rims and tires on this frameset? +
Can I run 29+ rims and tires on this frameset? +
Can I run flat bars on my Fargo? +
Can I use a suspension fork on this frame? +
Do you offer touch-up paint? +
How do I take care of the Alternator dropouts? +
I crashed and dented (or cracked) my frame. Is it safe to ride? +
What is the warranty for this bike? +

Salsa Cycles Limited Warranty

All Salsa products are warranted against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship from the date of retail purchase of the product, subject to the limitations detailed below. Every Salsa frame, component, and apparel has a useful product life cycle. The length of that useful product life cycle will vary depending on the construction and the materials of the product, maintenance and care the product receives, and the amount and type of use the product is subjected to over its life. Your bike has an intended level of use as defined by the ASTM Riding Condition Classification Chart. Failure to adhere to the use cases identified in this chart will void your warranty. Save your dated receipt for proof of purchase.

NOTE: All warranty periods below apply to original owner only

Five-Year Warranty
Steel frames
Titanium frames
Carbon frames
Carbon front triangle of suspension frames

Three-Year Warranty
Aluminum frames
Aluminum front triangles of suspension frames
All Salsa forks
All Salsa components

Two-Year Warranty
Aluminum chainstays of suspension frames
Aluminum seatstays of suspension frames
Carbon seatstays of suspension frames
All other suspension frame parts (excludes hanger, pivot hardware, bearings)

One-Year Warranty
All apparel
All frame bags

Salsa Cycles does not guarantee the compatibility of original components with a warranty replacement frame. Salsa Cycles is not responsible for parts or labor required to remove and/or refit and re-adjust the product within the bicycle assembly, including wheel rebuilds.

Salsa Cycles cannot guarantee a color match to the original frame, component, or apparel in the event of a replacement.

This warranty applies to 2014 and newer model bicycles and covers only Salsa Cycles branded product. Any other original part or component shall be covered by the stated warranty of the original manufacturer. Any products not specifically included above are hereby excluded.

This warranty does not cover the following:

Damage due to improper assembly or follow-up maintenance or lack of skill, competence or experience of the user or assemble

Bicycles that were not assembled or serviced by an authorized Salsa Cycles dealer

Products that have been modified, neglected, used in competition, or for commercial purposes such as rental, courier, police, security, etc, misused or abused, involved in accidents or anything other than normal use

Installation of components, parts, or accessories not originally intended for use with or compatible with Salsa frames and components

Salsa Cycles bicycles, frames, components or softgoods purchased from an unauthorized dealer

Salsa Cycles bicycles, frames, components or softgoods purchased from third-party internet sites, including auction websites, and regional trading websites (examples: Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist) are not covered under this warranty, even if you have a receipt

Sandblasting, sanding, grinding, wire brushing, filing, welding, brazing, drilled holes, anodizing, refinishing, powder coating, or chrome plating the bicycle, frame, or component will void the warranty

Internal rust perforation on all steel frames

Wear, scratches, chips and cracks to paint, finish, or coating on all Salsa frames and components

Bent or broken derailleur hangers or Alternator plates

Labor required to remove and/or refit and re-adjust the product within the bicycle assembly, including wheel rebuilds

Damage to carbon fiber caused by any carbon assembly paste

Normal wear and tear

Legal Disclaimer
This limited warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of a defective product, at the option of Salsa Cycles, and is the sole remedy of the warranty. This limited warranty applies only to the original purchaser of the Salsa Cycles product and is not transferable. This warranty applies only to Salsa Cycles products purchased through an authorized dealer or distributor. In no event shall Salsa Cycles be liable for any loss, inconvenience or damage, whether direct, incidental, consequential, or otherwise resulting from breach of any express or implied warranty or condition of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or otherwise with respect to our products except as set forth herein. This warranty gives the consumer specific legal rights, and those rights and other rights may vary from place to place. This warranty does not affect your statutory rights.


For 2013 and older model bicycles and products, please consult your Owner’s Manual, Salsa Cycles product instructions, or contact Salsa Cycles or your authorized Salsa dealer for the applicable warranty information.

Proof of purchase is required before a warranty claim is processed. Salsa Cycles therefore strongly encourages warranty registration at salsacycles.com. Failure to register will not affect consumer rights under the limited warranty stated above, so long as the consumer can show in a reasonable manner proof of original ownership and the date the Salsa Cycles product was purchased.

If you have any questions contact support@salsacycles.com

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I didn’t get to ride it nearly as much as I wanted to (right on across the state and beyond), but the little bit of dirt and gravel I did experience left me impressed.
-Bicycle Times – July 2013


Hands On With Salsa’s 2014 Fargo, El Mariachi SS, Warbird, And Colossal


More than a year has passed and the Fargo project has been one of the most rewarding bikes to ever grace my quiver. From coffee runs to shredding singletrack, this bike has delivered. Not just delivered, it’s been a blast. One bike to rule them all? I think so.
-Expedition Portal – June 2013


I used the Fargo 2 as a commuter, a mountain bike, and a bike- packing off-road tourer. It performed well in each environment.
-Bicycle Times – December 2013


This is a bike that doesn’t neatly fall into any category. It can be many things to many riders. The only thing that holds it back is a lack of imagination.
-Mountain Bike Action – April 2012


The bottom bracket sits higher than a typical touring bike’s, but lower than that of an all-out mountain bike. This compromise creates a stability with agility that is one of the bike’s standout features.
-BikeOvernights – February 2012


On moderate trails and dirt roads where you need to haul gear and go long, this one-of-a-kind mountain bike has it made.
-GearJunkie – May 2011


If you could only have one bike, for whatever reason, this would be the bike to have. Short of racing, a change of tyres is enough to make the Fargo capable of pretty much any kind of riding. I'd have no qualms about completing a road century on it, or an MTB enduro, or a backwoods tour.
-Road.CC – April 2011


While it may not be a master of any one thing, it certainly is a skilled jack of all trades.
-Dirt Rag – July 2009


The Fargo absolutely shines on fire roads, dirt paths, gravel roads, and the like.
-TwentyNineInches – June 2009


With six bottle cages (including two on the rigid forks), rack and mudguard mounts front and rear, and masses of mud clearance even with 2.4in tyres, the Fargo certainly ticks all the long- distance rough trail boxes.
-BikeRadar – 2009


Big wheels, commanding ride: this do-it-all bike won us over
-BikeRadar – 2009