Salsa Cycles Fargo Update II

The “race Fargo” set up is complete now with my final tweaks having been made on a training ride over the holiday wekend. Here’s a look at the Fargo as it will appear at the Dirty Kanza 200 event on May 30th.

The final Dirty Kanza 200 set up.

The final Dirty Kanza 200 set up.

The basic foundation, of course, is the Salsa Cycles Fargo, which I feel is a perfect rig for the person that wants to complete an event like Dirty Kanza. It isn’t the fastest rig you could take into an event like this, but it definitely would be the most efficient and comfortable rig for the rider, when you take all the factors into consideration. Just one thing that quickly comes to mind is the fork. Salsa Cycles has obviously put a lot of effort into this fork, and it shows. I haven’t ever really said much about it, because, well…..the rest of the bike sort of overshadows it. However; last Monday, I could literally see the fork working like crazy and I wasn’t feeling anything at the bars. Nothing. Nada. Zip! That’s awesome, because normally this isn’t what you would expect from a tough, braze on laden steel fork. It’s just one of the reasons that the Fargo is a supremely comfortable rig for the long hauls.

The Banjo Brothers top tube bag thingie

The Banjo Brothers top tube bag thingie

I chose this Banjo Brothers bag for the top tube because it isn’t too big, and it rides on the rough gravel without moving. It has a clear flap that Velcros over as a cover, so you can see what is or isn’t left inside. I will be putting my head light’s external battery pack, a cell phone, a camera, some wet wipes, and a bit of nutrition in there.

The piping is reflective too. A bonus if I end up riding into the night. (I probably will!)

From the "Land of Misfit Bags". From the Land of Misfit Bags….

I had a nice old Kangaroo seat bag on my Fargo for a bit, and it would have worked, but I wanted a rain jacket that would work as a cool weather covering. I found that in the Endura Stealth jacket, but it isn’t the most packable jacket in the world. So I was pondering what to do, when I came across this red beauty in the “long forgotten” department at work. It was a take off from a trade in, I imagine. It doesn’t have any identification as to the maker, but it looked to be really solidly made with double gnarly Velcro seat post straps and nylon strapping for the back end that slipped through the snap down brackets on the top of the bag. What is even better is that I can get the Stealth jacket in with the entire contents of the old bag, plus another tube, patch kit, and multi tool with room to spare. Would it stay stable on rough gravel? Well, after 40 miles, it showed no signs of slipping, movement, or anything negative to put me off from taking it, so I am taking it. We’ll see how that works out.

Hoops of High-techy-ness

Hoops of High-techy-ness

The wheels will be the carbon fiber rimmed, American Classic hubbed, Edge Composites set up. I will admit that these wheels are crazy expensive, but they ride really nicely on gravel by reducing vibrations a ton. Stuff that would normally rattle me enough to cause fatigue will take a lot longer to get to me with these wheels on board. They are pretty light and strong to boot, so I thought a 200 mile ride in the Flint Hills would be just the ticket for these.

Plenty of H2O!

Plenty of H2O!

Probably one of my favorite things about the Fargo: The water bottle mounts! Five bottle mounts, (I could have set it up with six!) should get me from check point to check point with plenty of water- none of which will be on my back- which will also reduce fatigue on my body that would cause me to not be as comfortable on the bike. The bottles all stay put, are easy to reach, (yes, even the fork mounted ones) , and do not mess with the handling of the bike to any great degree. The Fargo also has a pump peg, so my favorite Blackburn frame pump comes along. (Note the zip tie rear peg!) The tires are the WTB Vulpine 29″er tires which roll really well on gravel, have a pretty thick tread area, and the WTB tough side walls that will hopefully repel the flint rock down there. I have injected the tubes with a bit of Caffelatex for good measure.

Well, that’s the main set up. I will give a report afterward on the performance of these things and a rundown on my performance on the flinty roads of Kansas next week.


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No Responses to “Salsa Cycles Fargo Update II”

  1. grannygear Says:

    Yep…that looks pretty spiffy. I predict a podium in your future. Watch out for steel posts bearing cables.


  2. dan Says:

    Ok where can we get the fargo fork sounds great ! have a great ride.

  3. Guitar Ted Says:

    dan: Fargo forks will be available soon from any LBS with a QBP account. I’m hearing that they should be in any day now, but a quick e-mail to should get you a date.

    Thanks for the well wishes! 🙂

  4. prphoto Says:

    Would you say that the fork is the equivalent to the CroMoto? I use it and like it too. Ted you def. are goin old school with that pump! You need to pick up one of the new Lenzyne pumps they are just awesome. Just curious, did you go with Bonty RXL tubes? (removable cores) I’ve got them and stans inside my vulpys. Good Luck and I guess I don’t have to tell you to stay hydrated.

  5. Kid Riemer Says:

    Have a good ride GT. Spin, spin, spin.

  6. Lee T Says:

    Best of luck, GT. Looking forward to the race report, and how the Fargo stacks up to all the cross bikes. That is an amazing venue. Thanks for sharing.

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