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Old 02-17-14, 05:39 PM   #1
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Salsa Fargo 3 reviews?

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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?
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Old 02-17-14, 06:11 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-17-14, 10:34 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 02-18-14, 08:39 AM   #4
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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.
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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.

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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
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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.
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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.

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I have been saving for a Trek 520, stopping by my LBS and buying $100 gift cards. Now I see they are carrying Salsa bikes. Is the Fargo or Vaya better than the 520 as an all-rounder? I'd like to ride the fire roads and power line paths through southern NJ as well as the Delaware Raritan towpaths near Princeton, NJ. I wonder if thes bikes would seem too heavy vs. the Trek?
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I have been saving for a Trek 520, stopping by my LBS and buying $100 gift cards. Now I see they are carrying Salsa bikes. Is the Fargo or Vaya better than the 520 as an all-rounder? I'd like to ride the fire roads and power line paths through southern NJ as well as the Delaware Raritan towpaths near Princeton, NJ. I wonder if thes bikes would seem too heavy vs. the Trek?
I looked long and hard at the Vaya, Awol and Fargo. I rather quickly ruled the Fargo out as an all arounder but agonized between the Vaya and Awol. In the end I felt the Vaya was a little sportier but opted for the Awol as it seemed to be able to do everything I would want from the Vaya and Fargo. If I were purchasing all over again I would still have a hard time choosing between the Awol and Vaya but would pass on the Fargo as I do a lot of pavement riding too.
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All road tour up the canyon for an overnighter earlier this month. Took the conti road kings off and put some schwalbe marathon + on. Had actually done that for a ride earlier in the year now that I have a fat tire for dedicated snow trips and commutes. The tires made quite a difference, the ride was stiffer but the rolling resistance was noticeably less.

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On this packing trip I saw everything from Vayas to old schwinns, one single speed with an ultra light camping set up, an ogre and a pugs with a trailer, a classic trek T700.
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OP needed that review about a year ago JD...
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Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Salsa 2 and 3 the same frame and the differences are in their components?
ie. the Salsa 3 utilising a less expensive spec.
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I think you're right, rifraf.
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I used to have a Fargo then sold it last year with pretty low miles on it. People susceptible to all of the branding hype often fall in love with the image Salsa creates for the Fargo. It is an okay bike for rough road travel, but if you are touring mostly on pavement you will find it is way too heavy and kind of dead feeling compared to most any good touring or rando bike. I sold mine used in almost perfect condition. Watch ebay and you will find lots of Fargos in pristine condition being sold by folks that bought the image but found out they really needed more of a road bike.

Don't get me wrong, the Fargo is great for dirt roads and commuting and off-road touring, but if you do road touring mainly there are far better and less expensive options. Many of the road touring bikes do commendably well on rougher roads as well by the way, but may not match a Fargo as the terrain gets very rough.

If you want just one bike to do it all, the Fargo is a maybe good choice, but you will find that a do it all bike is never as good as a more purpose-bike is at the purpose it was intended for. I own 3 single bikes that are all better than the Fargo for what they each are designed for. If I only had room for 1 bike, I'd probably keep my CoMotion Cascadia and limit my riding to road and dirt roads in pretty good shape, rather than buy a do it all Fargo. The tradeoff on quality of road riding is too much for me.

Now pardon me while I brace for the wrath of all of the Fargo lovers!

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No wrath from me. I think you're right. But I ride lots of gravel every time I commute (yes a LHT or Cross check would do that too) and my main touring interest is the logging roads of the Oregon coast range, right up my skid road. I use my Rocky Mountain for my day trips but for over nighters I want the luggage capacity of my Fargo. Since I don't even own a road bike I don't miss what I never had.
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No wrath from me. I think you're right. But I ride lots of gravel every time I commute (yes a LHT or Cross check would do that too) and my main touring interest is the logging roads of the Oregon coast range, right up my skid road. I use my Rocky Mountain for my day trips but for over nighters I want the luggage capacity of my Fargo. Since I don't even own a road bike I don't miss what I never had.
I am curious though. Are logging roads prone to mud pack when it rains or is the gravel pretty consistent? Is the gravel loose or well packed, coarse or fine, etc. I had visions of that sort of riding but there is just not much available here in Pennsylvania. My Fargo never found its way off of the pavement. That is why it made sense for me to sell it.

My Co Motion is a very fast and fine road bike, great loaded and fine on dirt roads in fair to good shape.

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Logging roads vary a lot. Mine is just dirt, with grass where the sun hits it, but for year-round use they put gravel on them. That can still become really mucky -- a couple weekends ago I did a day trip on my Rocky Mountain and went through a stretch of really slick muddy ruts from logging machinery. I was loving those WTB Nanos; I couldn't believe I could ride through that stuff. Mostly the gravel is packed down pretty well, especially on roads they aren't currently using very often. I've had to ride over fresh, deep, coarse gravel and hated that both up and down hill. Even the Nanos were sinking in that. The worst was a steep downhill ride over a road where they had done some muddy winter logging, and then it dried like that. I had to pick my way down the hill and it was really rough. I found a different way home rather than ride back up that road! And there are frequently downed branches to hop/creep over.

Right now I have Schwalbe Supremes on the Fargo for commuting. I don't like them very well up on the logging roads. They're 50 mm wide. But the original, fatter knobby tires (Race King, I think) would be fine if they don't flat easily.
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