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Old 09-04-17, 09:17 AM   #1
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Salsa Fargo - Jones Bar or Drop Bar?

I built my Salsa Fargo up for multi surface touring and used a Jones bar with flat bar controls. While I chose the Jones bar because of the double bar in front allowing me to use a gps computer and front Ortlieb Bag. But I don't think it is as comfortable as my cyclocross bike with its drop bars. Do the make a good drop bar that has the double front bar or a way to run another bar?
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How about a Butterfly/Trekking bar, that will not require as many parts be changed..

going to drop bars will mean all new brakes & shift levers.. cables, etc.. you got a lot of money to sink into this?


You must add that excess access extra tube for your many thing, 'They' Don't.


I have a stack of 2 stems, lower one has my bar bag mount on it.






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as said, if you go the drop bar route (no matter the "why") you are looking at a fair bit of change to purchase stuff.....

and yes, butterfly bars are a quick and cheap try, you wont have to change a thing and most likelycould do a direct swap of controls as is, without having to do anything, using the existing cables and housings, ie a 15 min. tryout before being able to ride the bike.
May need a diff length stem, but thats easy to get after trying the bars out.

basically 30 bucks to try.
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How about a Butterfly/Trekking bar, that will not require as many parts be changed..

going to drop bars will mean all new brakes & shift levers.. cables, etc.. you got a lot of money to sink into this?


You must add that excess access extra tube for your many thing, 'They' Don't.


I have a stack of 2 stems, lower one has my bar bag mount on it.






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Do you have a picture?

Might be a better solution.
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Thanks, was wondering how you stacked things so you could use a front bag.

Did check out the drop bar but stopped at just the price of the "cowchipper" drop bars.
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WB Bicycle Gallery: Robert Clark's Koga Miyata WTR {these ITM-Koga bars may not be available anymore)

2 components wont fit on other than a 22.2(7/8") diameter bar.. Gripshifter & Brake levers..

road bars are bigger .. like a 16th .. 15/16" (this is the off the center tube diameters)





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Did check out the drop bar but stopped at just the price of the "cowchipper" drop bars.
salsa makes woodchipper, cowchipper and cowbell drop bars with less flare out with each one. The cowbells come in two versions, one slightly heavier than the other and I got these for about $60 here in Canada to put on my Troll. You'd still have to take into account the cost of shifters/brakes sti's or whatever. Online stores like wiggle.com sell sti sets at a much much lower price than what canadian stores sell them (almost half price) so if serious, you can look into it. My guess is probably about 275-300 american for a set of tiagra 10 speed brifters.

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REi has come up with wide flare drop bars on their bikes without using QBP brands.
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If you choose to go drop bars (the necessary swap of levers, cables, and tape raise the price a lot), why not get whatever bar you like and then add a Dashboard Genie?
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^second the bar extensions, I enjoy my drop bars over a Jones'like bar (Had Jones H bars, "north road" bars and butterflies) and running drops with one of them is great. The only obstacle I came across was mounting my light and a handlebar bag on the same bar, which sent me over to buying a fork mount to put the light on. Apart from that, brilliant. And the money the Jones bar hold, even second hand, will be a decent amount back in your pocket towards the new shifters etc.
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The Jones bar isn't bad but I do like my drop bars a lot better. The bar extension looks like a great answer. Now the trick is to find the right shifter/brakes.
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Bought the dashboard genie.

Brakes are cable so brake levers should be easy. Any advice on shifter?

Options that I can think of are;
Integrated right hand brake/11 speed shifter...left hand only brake
Thumb shifter and 2 brakes
End shifter and 2 brakes
????
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I like my Jones bar on my Surly Ogre.

Fairly sure I've read varies posts in forums suggesting the geometry of the Fargo was best suited to a drop-bar.

I remember this as a Fargo was on my list of maybes when I was deciding on what frame to build up.

It in fact came down to the Fargo and Ogre and was a tough choice at the time.
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What bars did your Fargo come with?
All Fargos,2009 - 2018 come from the factory with drop bars.
Be aware that Mountain BB7 brakes do not match up with most drop style brake levers.
Cane Creek Drop V Brake Levers
Tektro RL520 Brake Levers
are 2 of the choices that work.
You can use bar end shifters, or Paul makes expensive adaptors to use bar ends as thumbies.
Microshift makes 11 speed shifters, not sure if the thumbies fit drop bars. IRD might have something.

Many people report that they like Jones bars on their Fargo. They take flat bar size and type brake levers and shifters. Flat bars are a mistake on a Fargo. It cost me hundreds to fix that mistake.

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