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Old 11-05-11, 04:53 PM
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Salsa Fargo Questions

Not sure if I have the right area, but I rode one of these today and loved it. It was the Fargo 2 19 inch. The speed, agility, and the drop handlebars made for an almost instant purchase. For a newbie montain biker, could I ride this on mountain bike trails? Or will I find myself lost because of no suspension. I don't plan on touring, but since I live rurally, I could see it being perfect for the rougher roads out here.
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Old 11-05-11, 07:07 PM
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I just purchased a 2011 Generation 2 Fargo about a month ago, and am really enjoying riding it. I bought it to compliment my Tricross and handle rougher roads, especially farm field roads and light singletrack, as well as some gravel grinding. I have no desire to ride technical singletrack, but have ridden some mountain bike trails and thought the bike worked very well. I think the Fargo could work very well as a mountain bike, and that you could work to improve your biking skills with it. You can always add a suspension fork, but I don't think that I will ever feel the need to. I live in a rural area and love the Fargo for exploring-pavement, gravel, field roads, trail-I can ride all of these very comfortably. I say go for it!
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Old 11-05-11, 07:33 PM
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That bike is single track ready. Yeah, you won't go as fast as you could without a suspension fork, but that's not altogether a bad thing. Just learn to read the trail and pick your line, and you can go pretty far off road with it (I have a gen 1 Fargo, and I've ridden it on all my usual MTB trails)
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I have the Gen 2 and owned a Gen 1, the bike will do fine on even very technical single track if you pick your lines, run lower pressures in the tires and take your time - and you will be rewarded with a fine ride too. Fargo's are awesome bikes. They just plain work. I've also ridden lots of gravel, dirt road and even done some crushed stone bike trail riding with mine. A fair amount of pavement. The bike truly does it all.
When I'm heading out the door knowing I'm riding some off road, some on road and who knows what else, it always gets the nod.
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Old 11-05-11, 09:46 PM
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Agree with the others. I have a Gen 1 and love it. At first I wasn't sure how drop bars would work on technical singletrack, but it works much better than I initially thought it would. I can ride everything on the Fargo as well as I can on my hardtail.
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Old 11-07-11, 12:43 PM
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You are all evil. I didn't mean to turn the post into a mountain bike thread in a touring forum so forgive me..LOL. I was worried about sizing and had a guy from a store I use look up my measurements via his computer and it turns out the size bike I was on is the right size (give or take). He just couldn't order me one. Other problem is that I tried the Mukluk and loved that too. I have ridden a Pugsley before and was nice to compare the two, both are great. This bike store could order me the Pugsley since they carry Surlys. Either one of those two would easily work with rural NE roads and weather. Just not sure if I could do mountain biking with one up in Omaha. I'm going to have try that Fargo again. Surly has 29er bikes as well. Just everything has to be specially ordered since stores don't normally carry them and can't compare.

The Fargo would probably be easier to add racks for basic errands so I wouldn't have to use my car just for a couple of groceries. Somehow the thought of me on a Mukluk or Pugsley getting groceries makes for a good laugh even in snow.
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before there was suspension there were fat tires, you will go slower. If you don't want to go slow put some shocks on.
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Old 11-08-11, 07:59 PM
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I bought the Fargo 3 today. I liked the bar end shifters better. It was hard to decide between the 18 or 20 sizes but ended up with the 18 and added a longer stem.

Any recommendations for basic racks and bags for simple grocery runs?
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Congrats! That's a lotta mountain bike imo. And very versatile.

I have and would recommend both of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Axiom-Lasalle-.../dp/B004JKK0JI
http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-EX-2...0815039&sr=1-7

The rack is economical, tough and time-tested. The panniers are very sharp looking and surprisingly well made for the money.
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Old 11-09-11, 09:58 AM
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I can't imagine why you would want, or need, a Pugsley where you live. Unless you are in the tundra of Alaska the Pugs is WAY too much bike and will seriously limit your riding.

The Fargo will give you maximum flexibility, sounds like a good choice if you'll be doing any road riding. If you are just doing mountain biking, maybe a mountain bike with hardtail and suspension fork would be a better choice.
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I have a Mamba 29er so I've covered the mountain biking part. Just rural NE has pretty bad roads that my Madone doesn't handle well hence looking at something more rugged.
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