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Salsa Fargo

For true off-road adventures

The Salsa Fargo defined an entirely new category of bikes when it was first launched over a decade ago – it’s the original drop barred mountain bike, built for adventure over any type of terrain.  And the latest version has raised the bar yet again.  Often copied but never bettered, the Salsa Fargo offers a unique geometry paired with world class levels of frameset quality, with reliability and huge load carrying capacity that sets it apart from the field.

The Fargo is designed and built for those riders who crave freedom and variety in their routes, and it comes loaded with features that enable long truly self-supported adventures.

The Fargo’s refined and supremely reliable steel or Ti frame is paired with a sleek carbon adventure fork, with the ability to run pretty much any size of wheel with big volume tyres.  The ride is planted and ultra-capable over rougher terrain, while being fast and smooth over paved surfaces.

Designed as a drop bar mountain bike, optimized for fit with the Salsa Woodchipper or Cowchipper handlebars, the Fargo is capable of handling everything from technical singletrack trails, double-track, gravel, and the occasional paved road. Offering predictable handling with or without a load, this is the bike to ride for multiple-surface excursions.

The latest Salsa Fargo is fitted with the most fully-featured high modulus carbon bikepacking fork available. The Firestarter fork has four set of Three-Pack mounts, offering incredible load carrying possibilities, with mid-blade mounts for low rider racks. It offers internal routing for 110 Boost dynamo hubs, fender mounts (compatible with 29 x 2.2″ tire maximum) and without fenders is capable of taking 27.5 x 2.8–3.0″ or 29 x 2.2–3.0″ tyres.

Salsa Fargo Highlights

As the original all-conquering drop barred mountain bike the Fargo’s list of highlights is category leading:

    • Triple-butted and frame size-specific seamless steel tubing
    • Five sizes (XS–XL)
    • Alternator v1.5 Dropouts – splitable version of Salsa’s renowned Alternator Dropout for ultimate drivetrain versatility. Run singlespeed or geared, QR or thru-axle, freehub or Rohloff, or Gates Belt Drive.  Set Alternator Dropouts all the way forward for a shorter wheelbase that results in quick and nimble handling or set back for more stability.
    • Chainstay length adjustable from 455–462 mm
    • Clearance for up to 29 x 3.0″ tires (except XS frames)
    • 148 mm, 142 mm and 135 mm rear spacing all possible using the appropriate Salsa Alternator Reduction plates
    • 69° head tube angle and stable wheelbase provide comfort and confidence for long days on any surface
    • Compatible with Alternator Plus Rack
    • Two bottle mounts inside main triangle
    • Accessory mount on under-side of down tube

New Colour for 2021: Dark Teal

    • High-modulus carbon fiber construction
    • 110 x 15 mm thru-axle
    • Accommodates 27.5 x 2.8–3.0″ or 29 x 2.2–3.0″ tyres
    • Four sets of Three-Pack mounts for unmatched cargo capacity
    • Mid-blade mounts for low-rider racks
    • Internal routing for dynamo hub wires
    • Suspension-corrected for 100 mm of travel
    • Fender mounts (maximum 29 x 2.2″ tire clearance with fenders)
    • Fargo framesets come with Firestarter 110 Deluxe with carbon fiber steerer
    • Fargo complete bikes come with Firestarter 110 with aluminum steerer

As well as the range of Salsa factory built full bikes, we are also able to offer a full custom specification with the Fargo.  Starting with a bare frameset we can build you a full bike using suitable components of your choice.  The Fargo frameset is available in a choice of steel or titanium for the ultimate smooth ride quality, with both sharing the same full carbon Firestarter fork:

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Salsa Fargo – Complete Factory Build

2021 Salsa Fargo Apex 1


Key Features:

  • Frameset: Fargo Triple-Butted CrMo TA frame with Firestarter 110 Carbon TA fork
  • Groupset:  SRAM Apex 1x Mechanical Disc
  • Wheelset:  WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 with Teravail Sparwood 29″x2.2″ Durable TR tyres – available with our famous Epic Wheel Upgrades for enhanced performance at outstanding prices.
  • Maximum Tyre Clearance: 29″x3.0″ or 29″x2.4″ with mudguards (27.5″x3.0″ max in XS size)

FRAME: Salsa Fargo Triple Butted CrMo
FORK: Salsa Firestarter 110 Carbon (alloy steerer)
HEADSET: Cane Creek 40
BB: BSA 73mm
HANDLEBAR: Salsa Cowchipper
GRIPS: Salsa Gel
STEM: Salsa Guide
LEVERS: SRAM Apex 1 Mechanical
BRAKES: TRP Spyre-C Flat Mount, 160 mm rotors
CRANKSET: Truvativ Stylo 6K DUB, 32t
CASSETTE: SRAM PG 1130, 11–42t
WHEELS: WTB Serra 15 x 100 mm front hub, 12 x 148 mm thru-axle rear hub, WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 32h 29″ rims
SEAT POST: Salsa Guide
TYRES: Teravail Sparwood 29″x2.2″, Durable, Tubeless-Ready