Salsa Fargo 3 reviews?
I've been looking at the Salsa Fargo 3 for a couple of months. I searched in the Forum for a review and couldn't find one. If there is please advise. I'm curious if there are any Forum users who are familiar with the bike and their review of it.
I'm interested in the 29'er frame because of the handle bars, the raised crank, and the flexibility of rear drop outs. Thoughts?
Head over to Mtbr.com, their fourms have mfr. sub-forums where you will find Salsa. There are many discussions about the Fargo's there and all the other Salso models.
The folks who do more of a bike packing style of riding say good things about the Salsa Fargo. I imagine it would make a good regular touring bike too.
Lots of people love the Fargo and have done some very big rides/races on it. If you will be riding in an area that you can find 29" wheels/tires it is a fantastic bike for sure.
A Very Adequate TIG steel frame , made in Taiwan and sold thru Minnesota US based QBP ..
so that may be difficult to find in an export only supply chain , on the Island itself.
For Touring, often I re do a whole assembly , myself as the screws are always installed dry ,
and in the long run greasing or loc tite on the thread is better..
often reviewers attribute assembly shortcomings to the brand, and not the individual doing the work.
I haven't done a your, per se, on my Fargo. However, I have done significant mileage days with it, as well as a decent amount of single track mountain biking with it. If you are sticking to roads,especially paved, it is overkill.
That said, sometimes overkill is nice. I did a ride of about 200 miles in two days (unsupported mini tour, camping), and find the extra tire volume made it easier to ride long, though a bit slower to ride.
If you decide to go with the Fargo and will be primarily on road, consider a more normal road bar; the woodchipper is fairly wide, so makes you inefficient when pedaling in the wind.
Overall, I like the bike. It is good in a wider set of conditions than either of my other bikes
A friend of mine has a Fargo. His might be the Fargo 2. He runs regular 700c touring tires on it when doing a lot of road riding in the summer, and keeps up with me fine on my Trek touring bike as long as I'm not actively trying to keep a fast pace. I think it's naturally a Little slower than a road specific touring bike, but only a little. He throws the higher volume 700c MTB tires on it when we hit the dirt or gravel trails and does better than me. It really is a versatile bike and he really loves it.
I love my Fargo!
I have a Fargo 2. I have had mine for over a year and absolutely love the thing. I use it exclusivly during the "Off" season and it is quickly becoming my go to loaded touring bike. Mine is a 9-speed setup with bar-end shifters and drop handlebars. I have used it twice for loaded touring. I have an old man mtn rack on the back with a Salsa minimalist rack in the front with Salsa lower pannier mounts. I like the bike best with its 29x2.0 Serfas tires. These are slick with inverted tread. I have a set of Cascadia fenders on it. The bike handles really well when fully loaded. It's really a Tonka toy when loaded up. I also have Revelete frame bag on it. One of the 2 trips on it was the C/O end to end and the first 2 days were nothing but rain and more rain. I passed plenty of skinny tired bikes with flats but thank god I didn't flat at all. On that trip I used the mtn bike tires thankfully as the northern end of the C/O is truly a mud hole single track. Sizing really surprised me. I worked with the staff at Freeze Thaw
cycles in Pa for mine and the Med fit me. The stand over height is critical. I love mine its a go anywhere tourer.