Introducing our new Fargo Titanium

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.   

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


Doug | September 23rd, 2010

Slogan: Fargo Ti, a new cure for wanderlust.

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John | September 23rd, 2010

I’d love to see you guys design a wide Fargo/29er compatible trekking/butterfly handlebar. The new Fargo would look killer with one, especially in Ti.

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allen | September 23rd, 2010

Oh my…

Can’t wait to see the new geometry numbers, I have a funny feeling that a Ti/w80mm will be my new “favorite personal bike” :-)

Great job Salsa!

When November comes and my Mukluk arrives, my stable will be moving to an all-Salsa affair.

Paul McManus | September 23rd, 2010

Wow Wow Wow!  Nice work, can’t wait to try it out.  We rec’d the Fargo to our clients for the 2010 Cairo to Cape Town Tour.  Six people showed up with them and loved them, the only minor complaint being the weight.  The Ti version should solve that.

Outsider/Yeti | September 23rd, 2010

Looks extremely nice. This is probably the ultimate adventure bike.

martn | September 23rd, 2010

i’m curious… why do all the titanium models have bent down tubes, while their steel counterparts have straight ones?

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Erik | September 23rd, 2010

Very, very, very awesome. I want.

As an aside, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the direction Salsa has gone in the last year or two!  The new bikes are extremely well thought out and innovative.  Additionally, you guys have crafted a brand identity with the recent bikes and the “adventure by bike” theme that you should be proud of.  Honestly, you guys own this segment!

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The Path Bike Shop | September 23rd, 2010

I have a Willits Monstercross that I’ve always assumed I’d never part with/find a replacement for.

Hmph. May have to rethink that.

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retroscool | September 23rd, 2010

Awesome, my big plan was to get the El Mariachi Ti this year but since this bike has been introduced and I spend so much of my time on my Fargo I think the Fargo Ti it shall be! Great job on the new bikes!

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80135 (CO) | September 23rd, 2010

Gnat - Esteemed ‘Grotto Spelunker:
Echo & Ditto to all of the above - KUDOs to you and the Salsa gang for your commitment to, and focus on the “adventure by bike” theme, and taking that segment to the next level beyond anyone else - thank you!

I’ve always said a Ti-‘cross bike would be my choice if I could only own one bike. I stand corrected - Ti Fargo - my new ultimate fantasy bike, and the the bike I would choose if I could only own one bike…

=R, still in 80135 CO=


Gnat | September 24th, 2010

Thanks all for the comments.  The Fargo ti is certainly a special bike capable of many things.  It is the one bike I would own if I really only had to have one bike. 

Martn - One of the main reasons the ti bike(s) uses a bent down tube is that welded gussets down perform the same way as they do with steel and we need to get fork crown clearance from bending.

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Nick | September 24th, 2010

I would love to hear more about the trip with the suspension fork and flat handlebar.  If it makes a good trail bike(flat bar) and adventure bike(drop bar) it would be a big selling point.

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justanoldhobo | September 24th, 2010

TBWNN almost turned into a Tiargo as I suspected. Did you do all the cutting, fitting, and welding yourself?
It is a thing of beauty!

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AlanG | September 24th, 2010

love it. want it. can’t decide between this and the el mar. will probably get the steel el mar complete, then save my pennies for the ti fargo frame and swippity swap.
i plan to do rough stuff, injure myself, then decide i want to do less rough stuff - then bam, fargo.

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Adam | September 25th, 2010


My steel Fargo has been my favourite bike since I got it. Definitely getting this frame and swapping bits across.

Love you guys

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rick moffat | September 25th, 2010

Now THIS is a VERY cool bike.  Well Done!  The spirit of Matt Chester permeates the design.  Kudos for this bike.

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winbert | September 27th, 2010

Nice!  Minor typo - “January/Feb 2010 arrival”...


Gnat | September 27th, 2010

Thanks for all the comments folks.  We are now back from Interbike and digging into the comments and follow up.   

Nick - Actually, I used a drop bar & a suspension fork for the Maah Daah Hey.  The new Fargo is optimized for drop bars.  That said, I know many folks that use flat bars and other funky bars on it. 

Justanoldhobo - I did not cut, miter and weld the frame.  I worked on the design and then had our friends at Lynskey build it for me.  They are producing all our ti frames. 

Winbert - Thanks and post is now updated with 2011 arrival info.

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