Ok…I’ve been working on this project for over a year. After many road blocks and u-turns, it is complete. I am finally spilling the beans on my custom painted Salsa Fargo Titanium adventure bike. With that, I introduce you to Big Blue.
Before I get too far, I want to put out a disclaimer in that the specifications have changed a bit since this image was taken. First, those are some of the recalled SRAM brakes. These have been replaced with Avid Mechanicals and Rival shifters. I showed this spec because it is my dream set up and as soon as SRAM gets replacements, I will be upgrading and replacing. Yes, I love them that much. That is all I will say about the brakes at this time and they are only one reason that this bike took so long to build. I just loved them so much, I couldn’t envision this bike without them. Oh….And I am replacing the high clamp front derailleur with a low clamp. This will make the frame bag fit perfectly and be tucked out of the way.
Here are a few build pics. Just a little artsy photo crap to share before some images of a few of my first experiences on the bike.
Here’s the breakdown
FRAME – Custom painted Salsa Fargo – Size large
FORK – Salsa Firestarter
HEADSET – Cane Creek 110
REAR DERAILLEUR – SRAM XO type 2
FRONT DERAILLER – SRAM XO
CRANK – SRAM XO – 26-39
BB – SRAM
CASSETTE – Shimano 10 speed for gravel (I think they are quieter) but bought a SRAM 11-34 for bikepacking/touring
CHAIN – SRAM
BRAKES – Avid BB7 SL road
SHIFTERS – SRAM Rival
BAR – No name Taiwan bar
BAR TAPE – Salsa Gel Cork
STEM – Salsa Pro Moto
POST – Salsa Regulator
SADDLE – Fizik Aliante MTN
TIRES – WTB Nanoraptors
TUBES – Yes tubes – See below
RIMSTRIPS – Stans
HUBS – Bontrager DT
RIMS – Stans Crests
SPOKES – Sapim
SKEWERS – Rock Shox Maxle front and rear
SEAT BAG – Porcelain Rocket
FRAME BAG – Porcelain Rocket Custom
CAMERA/FEEDBAG – Bunyan Velo custom – A gift for my story in issue 3
NOT SHOWING – Waiting for king cages all around
PEDALS – Time ATAC
So…That’s a wrap on the components. Only 1 snag so far and that is the tubeless conversion. Not going so well. Here is a shot from my first ride. Front is still holding air perfectly. The rear, however, now has an innovative rubber tube inside! 😉
All joking aside, I have big plans for this bike. It is going to be my bike of choice for all but true mountain biking. I forgot how much comfort the bigger tires give me on the gravel. I know folks are truly racing gravel now on road bikes, but for me and how/where I ride, the extra tire comfort is critical. This bike is truly perfect for me and I am so excited to take it on another trip.
As a side note, this set up is so darn light. Truly incredible. I have been riding Fargos since the inception of the idea. Several generations. I love them all. This one is truly the one (until the next one ;)) for me. It has replaced both my Warbird and my Vaya ti. It is the one bike I can do it all on.
So with that, here are a few images from my initial trials and tribulations.
Go far. Really really far. That is my dream. That is my plan.