2015 Fargo Lineup

Fargo has long been one of our most popular bikes—our true, drop bar, off-road adventure bike that’s developed a minor cult following. Here’s a crazy fact—at the Grand Departe of the 2013 Tour Divide, ten percent of the field was aboard a Fargo. It’s a fitting tribute, as the Tour Divide route was part of the Fargo’s original design inspiration, and also because Salsa-sponsored rider Jay Petervary holds the Tour Divide record…a record he set on a Fargo Ti. It also speaks to the bike’s great versatility, whether tackling singletrack, doubletrack, gravel, or pavement.

2015 Fargo Ti…

Since its introduction, the Fargo has seen several model updates…but for model year 2015 the frame does not change. Both the Titanium and Kung Fu CroMoly versions continue to use the versatile Alternator rear dropouts (also handy for creating a bailout gear when you are SOL and far from home) and the comfort-enhancing, multiple hand-position Woodchipper bars.

The Fargo Ti and most of our Fargo 2 models continue to use our Firestarter Carbon fork, while the Fargo 3 sticks with the Firestarter Steel fork. Both of these forks are equipped with our Three-Pack bosses, allowing you to mount Anything Cages or water bottle cages to your fork legs for expanded capacity.

2015 Fargo 2 Suspension…

But we’re excited to announce one new model spec: Fargo 2 Suspension.

The Fargo 2 Suspension features a RockShox Reba RL tapered steerer, thru-axle fork with 100mm of travel. This build really gets to the heart of the matter; the Fargo is a drop bar mountain bike, fully capable of taking on off-road singletrack. The Fargo 2 Suspension model will be available in Red Orange paint with an MSRP of $2,499.

2015 Fargo 2 in Gun Metal Gray colorway…

2015 Fargo 2 in Bomb Pop Blue…

We are also offering two color options of rigid Fargo 2; Gun Metal Gray or Bomb Pop Blue at MSRP $2,299.

2015 Fargo 3 in Green Machine colorway…

2015 Fargo 3 in Mustard colorway…

And we are offering two colors of the rigid Fargo 3: Green Machine or Mustard at MSRP $1,699.

Here at Salsa, the Fargo continues to hold a prominent place in our hearts. It’s the ‘jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none’ machine that winds up being the perfect choice for so much of the riding that we like to do. If you haven’t yet checked out a Fargo, we hope you will. It might just be the right bike for you too.

2015 Fargo Specs

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I have been passionate about bikes since I was old enough to skid the plastic tires on my Big Wheel. I purchased my first mountain bike when I was 13, and I never looked back. I have a healthy respect for all forms of cycling, but most of the time you will find me riding singletrack, often on my Fargo.


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Matthias | August 2nd, 2014

Good to see that the Fargo is ow available in different colour options. By why is it still not possible to order a Fargo frame in Mustard colour? Can’t believe this. Where is the problem?



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Steve | August 2nd, 2014

Matthias, the answer is that the design department realized that the kind of rider who orders a frame only, wants a different color to someone who orders a complete bike. Does this make sense? Nope. Not to me either. It’s more to do with making the catalog look good with as many different colors as possible. Tough to know what colors people really want though!

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 5th, 2014

Matthias and Steve - The number of folks that build up bikes from frame or frameset is very, very small compared to those buying complete bikes. While doing our best to manage inventory we try to provide a second color option as a frame or frameset when possible…and yes, at a certain point, we try to provide colors that we hope people will like. Sometimes our dealers are willing to swap the parts from a complete bike to a frame/frameset only build to help a customer get to a complete bike in the alternate color more. One thing we don’t do is try to please everyone with our color selections though.

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Dave Heeman | August 5th, 2014

Hey Salsa - can you tell me when the Fargo Suspension 2 will be available?  Killer bike!!!  Hoping to have it for the fall gravel insanity I have planned.  thanks.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | August 6th, 2014

Dave Heeman - My ETA sheet says October for the Fargo SUS. Thanks for your interest.

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Matthias Schwager | August 7th, 2014

Kid- Business could be so easy without customers, wanting this and that, having special requests. I can’t understand why you don’t give the customer the choice to select the colour of the frame. If you offered only one colour as other companies do, I fully agree. But you offer several complete equiped bikes with different frame colours. Great. But none of them meets my requierements/demands (I don’t know which word is the right one in that case). So it would be easy for me to build the bike using the frame only.

You order the frames from a manufacturer, I assume. So you could easily order frames only in different colours besides the fully equipped bikes. So where is the problem? What colour woud you offer me in case I need a crash replacement for my Mustard coloured frame?

Imagine you want to buy a new car with blue colour: Sorry the Volkswagen having 4 doors as requested is only available in red, but you could buy a convertible in blue colour.

And I asked my local dealer for swapping bike parts. But he said, no.

Seems that I have to look for an other solution.

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John | August 22nd, 2014

Matthias-Usually the manufacturer also assembles the bike up to about 75 percent of completion and the lions share of the fine tuning and adjusting is left up to he dealer. X amount of part kits are ordered to go on x amount of bikes in a certain color. So it isn’t so cut and dry that they could easily order just one yellow frame and fork. If I were you I would order whatever color frame is available as a frameset and ride it until you need a new powder coat on it anyways. I have had a Fargo and I can assure you you’re not going to care what color your bike is when you’re rallying a fully loaded Fargo down a mountain. They are that good!

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Georg | August 27th, 2014

Hi, i´m from germany. A few weeks ago i ordered a fargo 2 in bomb pop blue. I also had the opportunity to buy a hard to got the steel firestarter fork. After some time your european distributor offer me bad news. The bomb pop blue frame is out of order and is not manufactured any more. Can you confirm this? I don´t want to buy the frameset with the carbon firestarter fork.

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Georg | August 27th, 2014

Sorry for my imprecise formulation. I bought a firestarter steel fork because they are indeed hard to get and i need both fork and frame.

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Patrick evers | September 6th, 2014

I had a big crash yesterday with my beloved 2013 fargo 2. Derailleur broke of with derailleur hanger,  rear wheel slipped out during the crash. Seatstay bend near derailleur hanger and approx.  halfway seatstay. Do you think The frame is salvagable? I think I visit my lbs , also salsa dealer here in The netherlands. I fear that my fargo frame is a write off.

Can I still get a 2013 fargo 2 (Brown) frame, or are they sold out? When are the 2015 fargo framesets available. For me, there are no other options as an alternative, I love the Fargo, mtb, bikepacking, commute, longdistance hauler. I don’t minder my sore neck or bruised shoulder, the idea of not riding my fargo gets me depressed.

Haarlem, Netherlands

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Andrew | September 10th, 2014

Is $999 the price for the Fargo 2 frame and Firestarter Fork?


Benton | September 10th, 2014

Patrick, I am sorry to hear about your crash. Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) so we can discuss possible solutions.

Andrew, $999 is the MSRP for the Fargo 2 frame including the Carbon Firestarter fork.

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ezio neri | September 15th, 2014

good evening, when is possible have Fargo 3 2015 in Italy?

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Jeff | September 16th, 2014

You used to offer the Fargo in an XXL size frame, will this ever be coming back.  I would love to purchase a Fargo, but at 6’6” and 37.5 inseam it just seems too small for me.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | September 23rd, 2014

Ezio Neri - Please contact your closest Salsa dealer in Italy and have them check with our Italian distributor as to Fargo 3 availability.  http://salsacycles.com/dealers/list/Italy

Jeff - Sorry but this is one of those cases of ‘damned if we do, damned if we don’t’.  When we made XXL size bikes we had a very difficult time selling through the few that we made. Wish I had a more helpful answer.

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Matthias | December 8th, 2014

Hi, after some moments of thinking about pros and cons (see my comments above) I finally decided to place an order for a Fargo frame, blue with steel fork here in Germany at my local bike store. Unfortunately they told me all frames in blue are sold out. They can offer the gun metal gray version with carbon fork only. Will there be no version in blue in 2015 of the Fargo? And no frame only option without carbon fork?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | December 10th, 2014

Matthias - We offer the Fargo in Frameset, and not in Frame Only. Regarding the color offering, our International Distributors order the inventory they wish to carry so they are offering the Gun Metal Gray with Firestarter Carbon fork.

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Carl Woodward | January 11th, 2015

Im trying to get hold of an XL frame or frameset in the UK, but everyone is telling me there is no stock.  Will they be available soon?

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | January 13th, 2015

Carl Woodward - We are working on finding UK distribution at this time.

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Simon Dowd | January 26th, 2015


First of all, I’d like to start with the fact that I have wanted a Fargo 2 for about 6 months.
I have now learned that I can only purchase this bike through one dealer in the UK and it’s going to take 3 months !
I’ve contacted them on a number of occasions by phone and email and they really do not seem very interested. I’m waiting for a reply from my last email for over 2 weeks !
Really really disappointing, I’m starting to lose hope of getting this bike.

The excitement of finding a bike that suits me and the anticipation of getting it are completely gone. I’m having terrible customer service and a really negative Salsa experience.

Ok, I’m one guy in the Uk - Who care’s? I’m sure i’m not alone.


Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | February 2nd, 2015

Simon - Thanks for your comment and your interest in the Fargo. We are actively working on setting up distribution in the UK. In fact, we just returned from meetings there. We hope to have a partner there this year, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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