Well….My Japan photo dump took almost 7 hours yesterday. All day. Ouch! As I looked back through the images, one thing was clear. Bikes are a universal language. Bikes break down barriers. They get you where you need to go. They make you smile. They keep you healthy. Bikes rule!
This is a very, very old post that still remains one of the most popular posts I’ve written. I still get folks contacting me asking me questions about this bike. It is one of my all time favorite bike set ups. I’ve thought about rebuilding it, but I never get around to it. Hope you enjoy this old post.
This is Fargo #2. Number one is set up for off road snow riding right now and it’s got about 2000 miles on it. The combo of Gordo rims and WTB Weirwolf 2.55′s make that bike feel really slow compared to this one. This is my go fast Fargo and I’ve got almost 15oo miles on this one. It feels like a good cyclocross bike but can handle A LOT more dirt. I’ve got it set up as follows.
Frame: Fargo – size large
Headset: Cane Creek S3 (soon to be replaced with King)
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival
Frt Derailler: SRAM X.9
Crank: Surly Mr. Whirly with XTR 36-48
BB: Shimano (Soon to be replaced with a King)
CS: SRAM Rival 11-28 10 spd
Chain: SRAM 10 spd
Brakes: Avid Road BB7′s w/ 160mm rotors
Shifters/Levers: SRAM Rival 10 spd
Seat Post: Eriksen Ti
Saddle: WTB Silverado (Soon to be SST)
Stem: Salsa CroMoto (90mm)
Bars: Salsa Bell Lap 46
Tape: Salsa Leather, black
Tires: Schwalbe prototype Furious Freds
Tubes: 700×48 w/long valve stems
Rimtape: Rox Ultralite – 2 wraps.
Rims: Edge Composites, 32 hole
Hubs: DT Swiss 240s, 32 hole
Spokes: DT Competition Black
Cables: Jagwire compressionless housing – Critical to making road brakes work well
H2o Cages: Salsa Nickless x 3
Frame Bag: Custom Epic Design. Also have an Epic Design Gas Tank for food.
Coming Soon: Epic Design seat bag. I’m also tinkering with a bar bag, but I may end up with a small Nitto front rack to hold a small stuff sack.
- A closer look
This bike feels so good. This is the bike that I plan to do some epic gravel adventures. It eats up the miles. I wish I would have had this set up last year on the Guitar Ted Deathride Invitational. I think that 100+ miles last July on this bike would have felt like about 75 compared to the heavier touring mode set up I was on last year. The cool thing is that this “Go Fast” bike is still so capable. If I want to do something a little more off road, all I need to do is throw on some meaty tires and my Thud Buster seat post. For the full on off road adventure, I’ve even set this bike up with a 22-36 tooth chainring combo so that I can climb most things.
I can’t wait to show you the full get up with gear. That will be another day as it is still a work in progress. Look for a full set up later in March or April.