Prototype Talk: Purple Reign

We've got a handful of "interesting" prototypes in the mix right now.

Fargo meets Mukluk...or Mukluk meets Fargo. We actually had a different name for it combining those two...but it isn't all ages appropriate, so we're just calling this....PURPLE REIGN.

Our trails are opening up and I'm getting to know this beast a bit better. We'll see where the trail takes it...and where it takes me over the summer.

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Justin Julian (Red)

I am lucky enough to be the General Manager of Salsa Cycles. I hail from central Missouri where the hills hide some of the most fascinating treasures. Moonshine being one of them, great singletrack being the second. Bikes have been an important part of my life from the ripe ol’ age of 3. I have raced, rode, crashed and enjoyed motorcycles for going on 34 years now. The bicycle has been a critical part of my motorcycle career (loosely used) in terms of training, enjoyment, rehab, and escape from the day to day. Both of these two-wheeled contraptions are the reason I exist. They are very much part of my life and being. Cycling and motorsports are also a strength and bond that connects my wife and two boys. Live to ride, ride to live!


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Ken Geel | May 16th, 2014

Sweet ride! Would like to know what that original name was. Maybe some will attempt the TD on one of these in the future.

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Christopher Tassava | May 16th, 2014

Gorgeous! I would be happy to give that beast a workout!

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Noel | May 16th, 2014

I’m now not so sad that I don’t own a Fargo yet.

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Fred Vitale | May 16th, 2014

bet the original name was F***Luck?

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Dan Diaz | May 16th, 2014

RAD! so it is a muk with fargo geo? try some 29+ on it. My mountain bike is a !4 Ti Muk with the makawa carbon fork on 29+ wheels. It is fast! I train on a Fargo so F you guys I want my turn on this! Namaste

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Nicholas Carman | May 16th, 2014

Sweet ride!  This frame and fork seems like the natural evolution for the Muk2, although I’m curious to know more about the pairing of drop bars and Nates.  I rode a purple fatbike with drop bars one summer.  It was okay.

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Eric Benjamin | May 16th, 2014

Whoa. I have been thinking that I wanted to start using my fatbike for bikepacking adventures/races, but mine just doesn’t pack as well as my Fargo. This just may be the answer!?

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Curious Purple | May 16th, 2014

When did this idea get off the ground?

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LT Young | May 16th, 2014

What is inappropriate about the name Margo?

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D Jones | May 16th, 2014

More like Purple Heys! As in “Hey! Look at that! A bikepacking fatbike with dropbars!” Looks great.

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ATBScott | May 16th, 2014

Needs 29+ on that!  “Skinny tires” to go with them drop bars!  :o)

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Rick | May 16th, 2014

I would throw piles of money at you for this bike, no questions asked, if you went ahead and named it the Fukluk.

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Rob | May 16th, 2014

I agree about the 29+ - would love to see a Salsa bike in the same category as the Surly ECR!

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Take my money | May 16th, 2014

Alternator dropouts?!?


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Rob Dutcher | May 16th, 2014

Love it! You folks are always thinking and that’s cool!

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Matthew | May 16th, 2014

This has me shaking my piggy bank.  I want it…..

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Katsuflix | May 16th, 2014

I want one !

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Corey Flowers | May 16th, 2014

Call it Purple Crayon! Its fitting being Big And Purple. Looking it up its Funny

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Mike brennan | May 16th, 2014

CycloFAT is awesome!
I’ve been riding cycloFAT for commuting and light trail rides for about a year now. I just wish someone would make a fast rolling tyre to suit this beast.

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Daniel | May 16th, 2014

This looks like a fun bike. You guys have to call it the Fukluk though. You just have to.

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Mike Lehman | May 16th, 2014

Salsa has it’s finger on the pulse. I own four bikes and my Salsa Fargo is the go to bike for weekend adventure rides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Yeti | May 17th, 2014

Nice! A combination of my two favorite, and currently only, bikes. For winter use a drop bar is not optimal though, at least not when it is cold. I haven’t seen a good pogies solution for a drop bar yet.

I’ve occasionally also wondered about a 29+ Salsa Fargo. It could be interesting.

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Brian Pearson | May 17th, 2014

Would be very desirable if it took 29+ as well. You just have to do it.

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Mark | May 17th, 2014

I agree with LT Young, what’s wrong with Margo?  That’s my daughter’s name. She would be stoked to have a bike named after her.

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Jonathan Hargreaves | May 17th, 2014

I flippin’ love the look of this beaut. Get it made lads!

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Joe Rinehart | May 18th, 2014

I’m going to go contrary to the guesses and hope the name was “F-kgo”

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Roland Owens | May 18th, 2014

Like many have said, if it fits 29+ I’d order one tomorrow.

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Edwin Durning | May 19th, 2014

Pair this with the Krampluk mod and you have your 29+ dream bike

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R | May 19th, 2014

That cool, but the Salsa I’m waiting for is a complete (flat-barred) bike with a Bluto (or other superior suspension fork) that fits Bud and Lou on Clown Shoes as well as Knards/Dirt Wizards on Rabbit Holes.  Aluminum is preferred to keep the price down, but I would still buy carbon if that was the only option.

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Nate | May 19th, 2014

How much does that weigh? Can wait to buy one!

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Scoot Lyon | May 20th, 2014

Can I trade you my gen 1 Fargo for your Purple Reign?

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Tim Rangitsch | May 20th, 2014

Will the tandem version be steel or aluminum?

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Bobby T | May 21st, 2014

Anything cage mounts and belt-drive compatibility please??

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Mark Snyder | May 28th, 2014

What a fantastic looking concept. In my 30 years of mtn biking I’ve never a cooler design and may like it even more than the Fargo (which I like a LOT).

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Chas Sample | July 18th, 2014

Very Cool!  I agree with the many comments above, 29+ seems like a better fit for a “fatter” Fargo.  A Fargo that could accommodate 29+ using standard hub widths similar to the ECR would be more versatile (29+ or standard 29er) and attractive to me as an off road touring bike.

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Konsta | August 4th, 2014

Do we have wait three years for the Purple Reign? I hope not.

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Steiny | August 17th, 2014

This is my dream bike! I want one!

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AGTP | September 19th, 2014

Awesome. Ship to Singapore ASAP

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Phil | November 18th, 2014

Dropper Seatpost on this would be neat

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Jeff | December 4th, 2014

Would a longer head tube help create more standover clearance? A head tube sort of like the vaya perhaps? I’m using three spacers on my Fargo, heading up to four, and of the six Fargo riders that I know personally none of them are using less than two spacers. Most are at three or four to properly utilize the drop bars.

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Kid Riemer | December 10th, 2014

Jeff - It might help, but that toptube still needs to get to the seattube…so it needs an engineers touch. Solutions could be using a formed/bent toptube or possibly using a jump brace between toptube and seattube, etc. Thanks for the spacer info regarding Fargo though. I’m in that spacer camp as well actually.

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Greg Golightly | December 31st, 2014

Please make this.  I will buy one as soon as they come out.
I love my fargo - best bike in the world.  I want a fat bike, but flat bars and my elbow/wrist issues do not mix.

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Rob | January 10th, 2015

shut up and take my damn money already

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Dougal | January 18th, 2015

Are you going to make this or not ?

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chach | February 6th, 2015

I’m situated off Lake Superior. It’s been an interesting winter this year.  While I was out riding some packed snow single track and a bit of snowmobile trail tonight, on my Fargo, I got to thinking about this bike….

I think I’d want a Fargo with fat tires, not a mukluk with drops.  I’m really enjoying my Fargo on the packed snow trails this year. It is a total buzz. Of course, there are situations where I need more stability, and a smoother ride. If I could take my Fargo and throw on 3.8’s, lighten it up with a carbon frame, and the addition of lauf forks, I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about this bike.  I already think about my Fargo about as much or more than I think about bow chika wow wow.

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Matt Hellmers | February 12th, 2015

We NEED a 29+ from Salsa!  el Mariachi más

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chach | April 19th, 2015

Fargo 27.5+ and El Mariachi 29+ please.

Lightweight and no change to existing Q Factor.

Done and done.

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chach | April 21st, 2015

Kinda thinking 29+ fargo, and 27.5+ something else. 29+ has great touring potential if the weight can be minimized. I’m just not sure which I’d rather be on for hard pack snow and ice roads

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