My Woodchipper Set Up

I finally got the time to prep my Fargo for the coming season and this involved installing a final production version of our new Woodchipper drop bar.   Since we've gotten several questions about Woodchipper bar set up, I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my set up.   Note, this is my personal set up and it may not work for all of you and your specific riding style or focus.   This set up is ideal for me for all around adventuring that includes pavement, gravel and single track.     If you have questions, I'll do my best to answer.   

Woodchipper Angle

OK....First I install the bar in the stem and set the angle of the flat portion of the bar.  I like mine at about 20 degrees.   I've run mine everywhere from 20 degrees to just over 30 degrees.  I like the 20-25 range best.  For those interested, I am using the free "Angle" iPhone app.   

Woodchipper Gel Pad Routing

I then set the brake levers up.  For my use, I run them at in a position that works for both drops and hoods.   Some folks that are running them with the flat drop as their primary position may wish to run brake levers even further downard making the brake lever even more accessible from the drop position.   Again, this is my personal set up and what I have found to work for me.  I like multiple hand positions.   Please also note my cable routing.  I run the shift cable on the outside of the lever.  I do this because it moves the cable out from underneath my thumbs (when routed on the inside).   This is the most comfortable for me.   Also note the Cinelli gel pad under the long flat portion of the drop.  I've also used gel tape cut to length in the past but at the recommendation of a trusted friend (Meiser), I wanted to give the Cinelli gel padding a try on this round.    

Woodchipper Top View

Here is the finished view from the top.  Note how I personally like to angle the lever inward in line with the flare of the flat drop portion of the bar.   This is a personal preference.   One of the great thing about the Woodchippers is that you have lots of different possibilities.  

Woodchipper Front

One of the features that makes the Woodchipper so unique in the "dirt drop" category of bars is how we designed the bar for a more vertical brake lever position.  This makes the brake lever itself more vertical.  This creates lots of space between the levers for bar bags, maps, your hands and gear.     

So....With that final touch, my Fargo is ready for another season of abuse.  Just in time as it's hitting 70 this week and trails are opening up for the season.   

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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.


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tswg | March 31st, 2010

Awesome timing! I’m just setting up my woodchippers on my Fargo build today.

Good info.

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miked | March 31st, 2010

where’d you get that matching stem….or more importantly, where can I get one?

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Gnat | March 31st, 2010

Hmmm…..Well it’s a long story but the short version is that we were testing colors for the Fargo and I’ve had it on my desk for over a year and half.  I finally got it installed.  It is not a production item.  Sorry.

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MG | April 2nd, 2010

My Woodchipper setup is much like yours in many respects.  My bar angle is very close to yours at 20 degrees, but I tend to run my brake levers a little lower on the bar so they’re a little easier to reach in the drops.

You’re very right about the flexibility in setup though.  That’s one of the distinct strengths of the Woodchipper, I’ve found.  It may take a little trial-and-error, but almost anyone can find a great position that works well for them.

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Joe | April 7th, 2010

Thanks for the redirect here Gnat, little tips like the cable routing plant seeds for my own bar setup. i just ordered a stem so i should swap into the woodchippers next week, looking forward to it!

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Jon | June 12th, 2010

Hey guys,

This is slightly off topic, but today I tried to order a Salsa Fargo from my local dealer and was told it had been discontinued.  The shop manager and I had a long conversation about it and were trying to figure out if just the 2010’s had been discontinued, and there would be a new 2011 announced soon, or if in fact the bike was finished.  Any info would be very helpful, as I had already picked this as my next go-to bike after selling my only car.


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bundokbiker | July 5th, 2010

Good stuff, Gnat. I just got my Woodchipper, and it’s replacing a Midge (that replaced an original WTB Dirt Drop). I haven’t ridden it yet, but the main reason I’m replacing the Midge is because the flats are too short. I replaced the Dirt Drop because the top part was too narrow. The Woodchipper looks to have combined the best of both. I’ll see, but I’m looking forward to many miles of trying it out :)

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Tommignon | August 5th, 2010

I put the Moto Ace Version on an old 1990 Schwinn Mountain Bike and brought new life to the old Steed.  Now it’s my GOTO Bike.  When Will we see Some Woodchippers on the MUKLUK?  What an All around Machine it would be.  2 sets of rims 29er and Fat, Maybe a Fat Fargo?

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Mustang parts | August 10th, 2010

Really good idea to fix i phone in the bicycle for the direction use and finding out the kilometers and moreover,beautiful blog with great informational content and thanks for this great sharing.

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walter sitter | September 29th, 2010

How do judge what rise and length of stem to use with woodchipper?

Walt Sitter

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Ben Bolin | December 21st, 2010

Thanks for the details of your setup.  I have a Woodchipper on the way.  I’m going to put it on my Soma Double Cross for the DK200.  Still trying to find the right setup for solid brake controls in rough stuff with a drop bar.  I’m hoping the Woodchipper is the answer.

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?????????? | January 12th, 2011

Hello from Russia!
I had bought same set (not exactly) of stuff (brake levers, gear shifters etc), and i have a question:
How you apply a bar tape on the ends of the bar? Did you fix it with gear shifters (as all other people - fix ends with bar-end plugs)?
If yes, don’t it conflict with setup process of cables?
I am a newbie in CX (in all this stuff with dropbars), please, answer my question.

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Ben Bolin | January 12th, 2011

Overlap the first wrap at the bar end and then continue on with the bar wrap.

I found that 20 degrees is just right for the angle of the drops as well.  For the drops I put a strip of cork under the tape instead of bar gel.  Bar gel has always been too soft for my liking.  I double wrapped the top of the bar for more cushion.  This bar fixed all the issues I was having with a standard drop bar on my build.  I really like the ability to setup the brakes like a standard road bar so you can use the hoods unlike some of the other similar bars.  It makes the bike feel stable in rough stuff and provides a lot of different hand positions for long rides. 

Another great product design Salsa!

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Paul | January 18th, 2011

I just set up and taped my bars yesterday.  I wished I would have seen this first.  I set my bars up much like I would have on a road bike but realized the angle of the drops is a bit steep.  I might be upset if I didn’t like puttering on bikes so much.  Nice write up.

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Plumber hertofrdshire | June 30th, 2011

Wow… this is a lovely creation.

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