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The Fargo is in Transit YAAAAA!

Old 06-23-12, 04:32 PM
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The Fargo is in Transit YAAAAA!

After spending lots of time on my Origin-8 700CX full tourer I am really looking forward to building up this Salsa frame.
XT Hubs w/6-bolt discs, 36 hole please. Salsa Delgado race disc 29er rims. I'll go from there as that should exhaust the money I have on hand. I have to say that I have about 1000 miles on my Delgado rims, 32 spoke and they have been completly bomb proof. There really is something to a hand built set of rims. Oh I did buy the headset a Cane Creek series 40. It should be here on Thursday. I am really looking forward to doing some bikepacking with this one. It took me a year to build the O-8 up and it's the best bike I have ever owned. I am hoping to have this one complete by late spring next year. The idea of a drop bar mtn bike makes me want to ride and camp.
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I also have the Origin 8 CX700 and have been very pleased with it. I look forward to your review of the Fargo.
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Ok so the FedEx guy was right on time this am with the frame. Box was open but the frame was fine. Pretty well packed. The welds look pretty good and the paint is absolutely beautiful. I got the "fun guy green" color. The frame not the lightest but its pretty well reinforced.
Its back there drying as I applied the first of 2 coats of Frame Saver spray to the inside of the tubes. I sprayed this stuff on the inside of the Origin-8 and it really performs well. I have ridden several tour days in the pouring down rain and the frame has no internal rust at all. I have a Series-40 Cane Creek headset for it and the wheel set should be in on Friday. I went with 32 hole XT Deore hubs ISO 6-bolt. Mavic A319 rims. That about exhausts the money for now. I already have a seatpost for it. I'll post pics later.
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I hope these photos display correctly. The build has moved along since my first post. Hopefully the 9-speed bar-end shifters will show up today.
No brakes yet but I am really itchy to ride the thing. so here goes.
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https://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/...ber/Fargo1.jpg
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Allright so they dont display directly but at least the links work. I wound up making a few comprimises.
1st off I used an internal bottom bracket and an old STX-RC 7-speed crankset I had laying around. It will be fine until I can afford a 2 piece crank for it. I already have an external BB I can use. Bought the Tekro levers off CL along with the rear rack. The rest came out of the parts box. Once I get the stem height sorted I will cut the steerer tube. I bought a set of Velocity Blunt-SL rims. The price was right. Man the 29er tire make the thing look like a tonka truck, I love it. Might get out on it today for the first time. Who needs brakes.

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That must be fun. What are those handlebars? They don't look like Woodchippers, which splay out quite a bit more than most drop bars.

I'm peeved: they already closed off the logging roads around me to public entry. I don't mean just closed gates: I like that. I mean they are closed to public entry, even foot traffic, for fire season. I haven't even had a chance to take any time off for a camping trip and now it's too late.
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That must be fun. What are those handlebars? They don't look like Woodchippers, which splay out quite a bit more than most drop bars.

I'm peeved: they already closed off the logging roads around me to public entry. I don't mean just closed gates: I like that. I mean they are closed to public entry, even foot traffic, for fire season. I haven't even had a chance to take any time off for a camping trip and now it's too late.
Fire season ah. Must have been a dry summer. Most everything is open over here, it's been rainy enough here all summer. Did you buy your bike as a complete build? The handlebars are some Bontragers I had lying around.

Well the Fargo is finished at least I can ride it now. Picked up an expense check that funded the BB7 brakes. A few pics below. The disk brakes have absolutly insane stopping power. In fact I am not sure I would want them on my Origin-8 as they could be tricky in the rain. They are deadly on wet grass I can tell you that for sure.

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I finished the bike on Saturday night just in time for a ride to a pool party near me. I loaded up the panniers and took off. Ahh never never ride off to a party on a freshly built bike without any tools. Geez the first crub I jumped the seatpost disapeared into the frame. Ok so now I am riding a bmx bike, arghhhhhh! Initial impressions are very positive. The thing climbs like a goat on steroids. The 9-speed Shimano bar end shifters are much better then 10-speed set I have on my Origin-8 tour bike. Much smoother and eaiser to operate. Ok so I get to the party and the guy has a set of allens so I am good. About 2:30 I head home, no biggie right no wrong the seatpost slips down into the frame AGAIN. Ok now I know I have an issue. Seems the framesaver I sprayed in the frame is just like grease to the nice carbon seatpost. Note to self don't forget to clean the framesaver off the inside of the frame before you use the bike. On Sunday I fixed the issue with the seatpost and headed out to some trails in the State Park near me. The 29" wheels are a complete joy to ride. Super comfortable and unstoppable grip. The larger wheels allow you to ride or jump over stuff you just couldn't before. I had 2 panniers on the back and stuff on the front rack. It wasn't until I reached for my phone that i realized I didn't have it soo no pics with it loaded up. Loaded the bike seems to handle well on the hoods or the drops. As I mentioned above the brakes are crazy powerful. The pics are from a mail run of about 8 miles I did later on Sunday in the rain. The bike is very comfortable to ride off road when loaded. The Bontrager 29-3 tires are ok on the pavement but you really need to watch the turns especially in the rain! I still need to buy the handlebars for it I am no going to use the woodchippers instead I going to use another shallow drop bar Salsa sells. All in all I cant wait to get back out on Thursday. My goal is start riding all the powerline right-of-ways I can. I'll post some pics of the bike loaded up. I could see using this bike as a full on tour bike, without the off road tires.
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Glad you like it. It looks good. What's your granny gear ratio? It's about 20 on the standard Fargo 2 or 3. There are many times when I wish I had a lower gear, but I just stand up on the pedals and do like a stair master workout. Climbing the hills under the power lines would be hard for me, especially if I was loaded up for camping.
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I am not really sure about the lowest gear on the crankset. I ended up using an old RSX-ST crank I had lying around from my Giant 970.
The rear is a 12-34 HG50 cassette. Not my first choice but the HG90 was like $120. I followed the build list pretty closely until the cost began to hold up the build. The 2 piece crank I wanted was like $150 so I went inboard. I did use a good Shimano BB no plastic cups please. I was amazed how well it climed while loaded up. I am going to burn some time on it this thursday may even camp out if time allows. What brakes came on the Fargo 2 build?
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Awesome build.
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Originally Posted by egear
What brakes came on the Fargo 2 build?
Those BB7 disk brakes, same as yours. Well I can't remember if it comes with the mountain or road version, nor what the difference is. I think mine are the mountain version though. I like them.
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