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Old 02-06-12, 09:46 PM   #1
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New commuter bike! Salsa Fargo!

Many of you may recall my "thinking about buying a Surly Troll thread"...well...suffice it to say I didnt. I test rode a 2012 Salsa Fargo 2 and fell IN LOVE! What a fantastic bike!!! Here is a pic 30 mins after leaving the LBS. Eats up single track like nothing! Just got home and removed the silly reflectors and installed my blinkies and Cygolite. Ordering up some Schwalbe Marathons and a 29er Topeak rack and Ill be set! Cant wait for tomorrows ride into work!


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Old 02-06-12, 10:11 PM   #2
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VERY nice!
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Hey there Sirtirithon!

Looks like you're ready to be Freddy!

Congrats! Your commuter's looking very nice, there!

- Slim

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Salsa makes some of the very best chromoly steel bicycles!

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Old 02-06-12, 11:07 PM   #4
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I look at those every time I'm in the LBS. Very nice.
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Old 02-06-12, 11:24 PM   #5
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Thanks, guys! Went with a Brooks B17 and Planet Bike fenders off the bat. I just love how the geometry of this frame combined with the 29" wheels feels. I feel like I can roll over anything..and it does! I made some pretty steep climbs on this bike today as well. Ill snap a few pics on my morning commute and add tomorrow.
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Looks great with the color coordinated saddle and bar tape.
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congratulations, I consider that bike the way you have it set up to be my ultimate rails to trails touring bike.
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Congrats!!!!!!
This is the bike would have chosen for my own commuter, if only it had the capacity for a SS/IGH (EBB or adjustable/horizontal dropouts). I refuse to use a tensioner with an IGH.
What a great bike!!!!!

Enjoy

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Nice looking bike and I like the background in that photo. The Salsas looked like great bikes, but were above the amount I wanted to spend on a bad weather commuter. I'm jealous of your drop bars.
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Sweet bike, love the colors too. Congratulations!!
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Old 02-07-12, 09:01 PM   #11
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Congrats! My Fargo ended up as my bad weather bike because, well, it's so good at foul weather. I do hate to take out such a nice and expensive (for me) frame out in the salt. Disc brakes and drop bars are where it is at for me in when it is sloppy and windy. I'm sure you will like it.
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Cool!

I had the bike shop install the Salsa front rack on mine and haven't taken it off yet, even though I don't need it for just commuting. I feel like a person who bought a Hummer, in a way, riding on 75% pavement like I do. But when I do tour I want to head up on the logging roads to the west of me, behind the locked gates, and wander around up there.
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moar pix plz
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Ill take more pix tomorrow! Thanks for all the nice comments folks! I really love this bike! A good way to describe it is that its just a FUN bike to ride!! I know thats why most of us ride a bike but this Fargo takes it to another level!!!
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Is that a Woodchipper bar?
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Yes it is a Salsa Woodchipper drop bar with Sram Apex Doubletap shifters/levers
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From this mornings commute. Cell phone pic in the dark, sorry!




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That's a great looking bike.
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Yes it is a Salsa Woodchipper drop bar with Sram Apex Doubletap shifters/levers
Do you like those shifters? I was afraid they would be fragile, but the angle of the bars make it seem to me that the bar end shifters on the Fargo 3 would be vulnerable to getting whacked. So far I really like mine.



The tires are 700 x 50 mm Schwalbe Supremes.
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I love the shifters. how do you like the schwalbe marathons? Nice setup you have!!
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My Fargo is on it's way....Ordered it last week, can't wait to get it on the road, and in the dirt.
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I love the shifters. how do you like the schwalbe marathons? Nice setup you have!!
Thanks! The tires roll nice and are much quieter than the original tires (which I kept) and for that reason attract fewer dogs. They do OK on my gravel/dirt sections. When the county gets motivated and grades the roads even the original tires aren't much use. I just gear down and slog through it. They (the tires) won't work in snow or slick mud at all.

Do any of you plan to tour with the Fargo? I want to start with over-nighters, as I mentioned, up in the woods. There is no camping on the private forestland, but there is a lot of BLM land in my area. You can tell because it has trees on it....
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I like the Fargo. I especially like the low top tube. I am 63 years old and the low top tube is really handy when you go touring. It makes it much easier to dismount a loaded bike. Enjoy your new toy!
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Do you like those shifters? I was afraid they would be fragile, but the angle of the bars make it seem to me that the bar end shifters on the Fargo 3 would be vulnerable to getting whacked. So far I really like mine.



The tires are 700 x 50 mm Schwalbe Supremes.
What pedals are you running? I just have some cheap wellgo platforms until i can decide which pedals to upgrade to. Liking what ive read on the Easton Flatboys so far.
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What pedals are you running? I just have some cheap wellgo platforms until i can decide which pedals to upgrade to. Liking what ive read on the Easton Flatboys so far.
Welgo platforms are my favorites anyway, though the shop didn't have the cheap aluminum ones so I sprung for magnesium. I guess it could come in handy for an emergency fire starting material. Pet peeve: nobody local stocks the Welgo pedal reflectors! I dont' think Nashbar sells them either.

For the O.P.: did you remove the shock absorbing seat post or does your Brooks saddle just cover it up?


And I'm curious to know if anybody is going to install a suspension fork?
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