I have dreamed about a Fargo titanium ever since we started our ti development. As our El Mariachi Ti, Ala Carte Ti and La Cruz Ti projects were wrapping up and moving to production, we were also in the redesign phase of the new updated Fargo. Instead of waiting for a steel test sled to work through the development, I decided that I didn't have the time to wait for our standard development cycle. So, I worked on my own time and with my own money to develop a prototype of what I thought the new Fargo might or could be. My little titanium side project arrived back in February of 2010 and became known as the "Bike With No Name".
I quickly built up the prototype and started putting miles on it as I was starting to build some base miles for the upcoming Dirty Kanza 200.
This bike helped my winter months go by quickly. I also would go back and forth and test it against my original steel Fargo. I kept riding the ti version and fell in love with the feel of ti, the lighter weight and overall performance & comfort of the prototype. I rode it for thousands of miles in lots of places and events.
Sloppy spring time gravel in southern Minnesota
2 day assault on the Maah Daah Hey - Notice the suspension fork in this photo
2010 Dirty Kanza 200 - Rest stop
Throughout this process of testing, this bike was also ridden by Joe Mesier as he and his team were in the development phase of the new Fargo. While I was travelling, Joe took my ti prototype bike and put some miles on it. I didn't share my geometry or thoughts with with him until after he had ridden it. We both agreed this bike was not perfect for the new Fargo, but we also agreed that it wasn't that far off. It was here that our design team tweaked the geometry and finalized what is now the new Fargo and Fargo titanium.
- The new Fargo will initially be sold as a frameset only. The frameset will include a titanium frame, a CroMoto Fargo fork (with fork bottle bosses), and a pewter seatclamp. Just like the steel Fargo we announced on Monday, the geometry will be optimized to also work with an 80mm suspension fork. We'll post geometry after Interbike when our website gets updated. Until then, here are the price & availability details.
- - MSRP $1995 for frameset
- - January/Feb 2011 arrival
- - 5 bottle mounts per frameset as well as rear rack mounts, fender mounts and lo rider mounts.
- - Check out our new rear drop out execution optimized for titanium - (Remember: The Fargo Ti is designed for 160 rear rotor)
The Fargo titanium could just be the ultimate adventure bicycle. Specifications and geometry will be coming soon with a large website update.