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New Product - Salsa Anything Cages

Our new Anything racks/cages are in stock and selling well.  Some might ask  are they cages or are they racks?  That's up to you to decide.  They fit a lot of different things from insulated Nalgene bottles to shelters to who knows what?  Let's take a closer look at details and frame/fork fitment.   

As you can see from the pic above, this new cage is ideal for almost anything roundish and fairly light weight.  I think the idea actually came from Kid Riemer zip tying his insulated Nalgene bottle carriers to his snow bike fork legs.  Other bike nuts and adventurers were also doing this.  After experiementing a bit we found out you could carry a lot of different things with this thing.  However, it did require some new fixturing and an additional frame or fork attachment to distribute the load.     

We chose a hi low 3 bolt attachment for these cages.  Besides spreading the weight out more evenly, this 3 bolt design has been historically used in the industry. It's nothing new and we don't claim to be the originators.  It works.  It bolts directly to the 3 bolt design.   We also know that not frames & forks don't have this type of mounting so we also designed the cage with slots in the clamps so that they can be hose clamped or zip tied to just about anything as long as there is proper clearance for the cage and/or what you carrying.  

Speaking of clearance, we also want to point out a few things. Where ever you bolt or clamp this cage, make sure to put the item or items you wish to carry in the cage and test for clearances.  We'll show you the proper way first using a prototype Salsa Enabler fork.  

-   For forks, you need to check tire/wheel clearance and frame clearance. Nothing ends your ride like a something stopping your front wheel.  Be careful and if you are carrying something new that you have not carried before, make sure to check it for clearance.  Also, large items can become tall and when turning, they can hit the down tube of your frame, thus limiting your range of turning and control.  Again, always check for clearances.   Please check pictures below.   

Lots of tire clearance.

My tent just barely clears. I think I should find something else to pack my tent or carry something else.   

Now, there have been LOTS of questions regarding the fitment to 2009 and 2010 Fargo forks. Unfortunately, the first generation Fargo forks were optimized only for regular size water bottles.  As such, the mounting position, both in height and angle do not allow for proper and safe clearances if you use the braze ons on the back of the fork legs.  Not only are the braze ons at the wrong angle from the centerline of the bike, they are also at the wrong height.  See the pictures below for an unsafe set up.  

The bottle mounts position the cage too high. This is shown with the two lower mounts of the Anything cage bolted directly to the 2009-2010 Fargo fork braze ons. This is NOT safe.   

This is the top view showing minimal and unsafe clearance between the cage and tire. Tire shown is a Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25 on a 30mm Salsa Semi rim.   

So, how can you mount the Anything cages to the 2009-2010 Fargo fork, or any fork for that matter? By using hose clamps or heavy duty zip ties through the 3 mounting positions. This is why they are slotted.  

It is also important to point out that many folks can and will use this cage using only the traditional 2 bolt cage mounting and then using a heavy duty zip tie or hose clamp to secure the 3rd mounting postion.

Going forward, we will be using the 3 bolt hi low mounting positions on applicable bikes, frames and forks. For 2011 our Fargo fork and  Enabler fork sold both seperately and as part of the Fargo or Mukluk framesets will come with the 3 hole hi low mounting standard. We will also use this hi low mounting on future frame designs on the down tube given there is proper clearance for both pedalling and for cage clearance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

COMMENTS (14)

Wally | November 6th, 2010

I still think you should have supplied an aluminum bracket “spacer” for older forks. This would have allowed for a lower position. Nice and clean. I’ve waited for this cage since it was first leaked and now find its an Everything but the Original Fargo Cage.

Jerry | November 6th, 2010

thanks for the info gnat. working on the day off I see.  I’ll be picking up at least one of these for my new ride.

JohnClimber | November 7th, 2010

Will these be OK on the Mukluk?

When will they be available?

Ta

Daniel Clark | November 7th, 2010

I like this!  My Fargo fork mounts will most likely sport these.  I have enough water bottle mounts on the thing already!

Chad | November 8th, 2010

I too was very disappointed when I ordered two anything cages for my ‘09 Fargo and ran into the problems listed above.  I do not like the look of hose clamps on fork legs and seem to be out of luck if that is the only solution for these racks on my bike.

Ben | November 8th, 2010

I am strongly considering having a local frame builder braze on the appropriate mounts to make this work properly. It should not be terribly expensive, but the fork wouldn’t match then. It’d probably be worth it to me to have the versatility and have these mount correctly.

Brent | November 18th, 2010

Jason,

At the Topanga shop a few weeks ago, we discussed the idea of creating a pre-2011 Fargo Anything cage that has the old style 40/65mm triple boss spacing. Your recent posts suggest that your legal team has nixed this idea.

Will we see a 40/65 Anything cage from Salsa? Or how about producing a non-suspension corrected Fargo fork (442mm) in black with three bolt hi low braze-ons?

That might satisfy a lot of pre-2011 Fargo owners.

Kid Riemer | November 19th, 2010

Brent: Posting a response from Tim who is in Taiwan at present. -We are working on a solution.- Enjoy your weekend.

Glenn Charles | December 7th, 2010

I was able to acquire one of the Anything Cages and instead of mounting it on my pre-2011 Fargo, I put it on the rear of my B.O.B. trailer.  I realize this does not do the ultra-light bikepacking community any good, but for those with trailers it looks to be an awesome setup. The cages are really well built and will be perfect for carrying small, yet bulky items.  I envision one holding my tarp and rain gear, and the other holding lunch/snacks so in my case, I don’t have to get into the B.O.B bag to access those two important items. Pictures and brief review are here: http://www.wabisabiyourlife.com/gear-journal/

Ergin | April 19th, 2011

Does anybody know what brand/make that cylindrical sack in the first pic is ? The red/black one with the straps..?

cheers

Kid Riemer | April 19th, 2011

Ergin,

The item you are looking at is made by Granite Gear (another Minnesota company). Check out http://www.granitegear.com .

They stopped making it for a while but it is back in their 2011 catalog. It is called the Aquatherm.

Tell them Salsa sent you.

Ergin | April 20th, 2011

Thanks KR. Will tell them so. Cheers

mike | July 24th, 2011

What size bags are folks using?
I think a 2.5l Sealline Storm sack would fit well, but I’ve seen reference 5l bags, which just seem too tall…

Madison Cheesehead | October 30th, 2011

I found the perfect “bag” to fit the Anything Cage: A medium sized round thermos. Rather than keeping fluids in it, I use it as a waterproof container for my gloves and tools. Best of all, I got it at a thrift store and only paid $2 for it.

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