Greetings Amigos. I hope you are all doing well. The Salsa crew has been busy this fall and as a result the Blog has been a bit slow to get updated. Sorry about that. Today, we’d like to discuss the Fargo just a bit and later this week, we’ve got another product update. As the title says, we shipped our first small shipment of Fargo framesets to Salsa Authorized Dealers. This is great news. Now, since folks are starting to build them, I thought we’d share some the technical facts about this frame.
This info was shared HERE back in September, but since we are shipping frames, it is probably good to share it again. We also added a couple of new factoids about Fargo set up.
OK, here are a few details you might appreciate when considering building your own Fargo.
- Availability: Frames November. Complete bikes Feb 09.
- Sizing: Frames are sized by effective TT length and optimized for drop bars. This means the head tubes are bit longer than a typical 29” bike as well as a slightly shorter TT. Match your desired top tube length. If you own a Salsa mtn bike from the last few years, buy the same size (assuming it fits right). As and example, if you have a medium Dos Niner or El Mariachi, buy a medium Salsa Fargo.
- Flat bars: Folks will certainly ask if you can run flat bars on a Fargo. Of course you can, just remember it is optimized for drop bars. You may need to go a size bigger for flat bars or you may need to run a slightly longer stem if you want a smaller, more off roadable frame size.
- Fork: The fork is all new and features new stainless forward facing drop outs, post mount disc brakes, two bottle cage mounts and an extra eyelet to attach a strap (to hold your precious water or fuel in the fork cages).
- Low Rider front racks: If you run a low rider front rack, the two bottle cages on the back of the fork legs can’t be used for bottle.
- Water Bottle/Fuel cages: Speaking of water bottles, adjustable cages work the best. Someday, you may see an adjustable Salsa water bottle cage. Until then, we highly recommend the Velocity cages for this bike.
- Cables/Housing: You will need tandem length cables and housing for rear brake and rear derailleur. It pays to buy good cables and good housing.
- Pump: There is a pump peg on the head tube. On the medium, if you run both bottles on the down tube, you can’t use a full length frame fit pump. That is why in the picture of the complete bike, you see my personal bike with an under the down tube mounted pump. Oh…And the lower bottle mounts are reinforced.
- Chainring sizes/front derailleur: The bike is spec’d with a trekking crank with a 46tooth outer ring and a traditional high clamp front derailleur. If you run lower than a 44 tooth outer chain ring, you should use a top swing (low mount) front derailleur
- Rear disc brake: When you mount the rear caliper, it is easiest to mount the rear brake caliper first before installing the rear wheel
- Rear disc brake: Max rotor size 160mm. (6”)
- Rear rack mounting: On the Sm (16”) & Md (18”) you will need extra long rack mounts. This is due to the small rear triangle AND the position of the rear rack mounts.
Build and enjoy! Look at the horizon and go for it. Repeat often
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