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Old 02-22-11, 03:01 PM
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Salsa Racks

Just got done installing the full compliment of Salsa racks (Wanderlust, Lowrider and Minimalist) on my Fargo. Very please with their quality but I'm not sure I'm done fiddling with the Minimalist up front. I'm not crazy about the mount to the fork crown. Here are some pics:













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Old 02-22-11, 03:27 PM
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that is a sweet ride. I was considering a new Fargo. How does it ride compared to a road bike?
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Old 02-23-11, 08:43 PM
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It's just slower. But of course it opens up an whole array of different places to ride. Absolutely eats up gravel, handles single track great and motors down the pavement just fine. There have been some reports of a front end shimmy when loaded up so we'll have to see how that goes, but given how rock solid the bike has been everywhere I've ridden it I don't expect to have a problem. Coolest bike I've owned in 20 plus years of owning just about every kind of bike you can imagine.

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Old 02-23-11, 10:18 PM
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neat, have not seen those.

front platform is long for my tastes, but the lowrider and rear look nice.

I assume they are tubular steel? how much to they weigh compared to the similar tubus racks?

cost?

looks like a fun ride
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Old 02-24-11, 02:21 PM
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They are actually made from 6061 aluminum. Pretty heavy duty though.

I'm building a new 2011 Vaya and trying to decide on a rear rack. Salsa Wanderlust or Tubus Cosmo.....
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Old 02-26-11, 07:41 PM
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The Wanderlust was $100 and the other two pieces were $75 apiece. I'm very pleased with them.
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i wouldn't be too keen on that front minimalist mounting either. I'm suspect of the whole front assembly, the fork capture design of the lowrider in aluminum looks like a pannier in the spokes accident waiting to happen. maybe they are quite stout, but aluminum rack stock bends.

I wonder if a Blackburn MTF-1 would fit over a 29er tire? I'll try in the shop today, the Fargo fork has front eyelets which are perfect for the MTF-1 rack.

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i wouldn't be too keen on that front minimalist mounting either. I'm suspect of the whole front assembly, the fork capture design of the lowrider in aluminum looks like a pannier in the spokes accident waiting to happen. maybe they are quite stout, but aluminum rack stock bends.
The Lowriders are very stout. No concerns at all about it flexing into the spokes. This is from someone who broke 5 bones in his foot after a panier got caught in the spokes, so I'm a wee bit sensitive to issues like that. If you manage to flex into the spokes, you've got much larger issues to deal with like what you hit hard enough to get them to flex/bend that much. My guess is you wouldn't still be on the bike at that point....
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I would have thought you'd want a high front pannier setup on a Fargo since it would be used to reach some places with rutted tracks, rocks and such to avoid hitting panniers on obstacles. Are these racks specifically made by Salsa for the Fargo or are they generic for their whole line up?

Nice looking bike....I hope you enjoy many happy miles together...
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The racks are generic from Salsa for all their and other's bikes. The Lowriders will come off for when I'm headed out on trails for a few days, but I'll use them for roads and gravel when needed. I'm just trying to get everything the way I want it right now.

It's almost 70 outside...time to go for a ride!
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I like the rear rack, the front one doesn't make sense to me because the weight is entirely too far forward on top of the rack and the lowriders look too low. I'd prefer low riders where a portion of the panniers are resting back along the fork to keep weight centered on the steer axis and the platform is as close to the head tube as possible.
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I just checked, a Blackburn MTF-1 or whatever they're calling their front rack, fits over a 29'er tire neatly. I didn't check it against a Fargo fork as we don't stock Fargos.

AS to those lowriders front, i'll let other riders trust their gear to them. I see nothing but a bad design in the way that aluminum bar stock is so far out in front.

I was an early adopter of water bottle cages on front forks, and have broken several water bottle cages simply from the weight of the water bottles and the road vibration.

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