Fargo is Salsa's original drop bar mountain bike. A bit of a cult classic, it’s designed for mixed surface riders and bikepackers who want the versatility to take any route and the capability to carry everything needed when they’re out for days on end. The Fargo Steel's triple-butted Cobra Kai steel frame is as forgiving as it is reliable on weeks-long expeditions, while the carbon Firestarter fork pairs nicely with the frame and offers bosses and mount points for anything you’d want to attach to a bicycle fork. With an entire world of possible component setups, the Fargo Steel Frameset is a smooth-riding blank canvas you can build into the perfect tool for your two-wheeled needs.
Q: Can I run 27.5+ rims/tires?
A: Yes, Salsa recommends 27.5x3.0 tires to maintain the right geometry
Q: Can I run 27.5 (650b) rims/tires?
A: No, this bike was designed for the 29" platform
Q: Can I run 29+ rims/tire?
A: Yes, on all sizes except extra small
Q: Can I run flat bars?
A: You can, but it results in a very short top tube length
Q: Can I run a suspension fork?
A: Yes, it was tested and designed to take a fork with an axel-to-crown length of 511mm (usually a 100mm travel fork). Using a longer fork will void the frame warranty. Forks with 45mm offset are recommended but 51mm offset also works (decreases mechanical trail by 6mm)
Q: How do I take care of the Alternator Dropouts?
A: Periodically, remove and clean the dirt and grime off the hardware and frame surfaces, then lightly re-grease the the threaded parts and reassemble
Q: Is this frameset belt drive compatible?
A: Yes, it's been tested and certified for belt drive use
Q: Can I use a rear rack?
A: Yes, it was designed to take the Salsa Alternator Standard Rack
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|Frame||Fargo Cobra Kai CroMoly|
|Fork||Firestarter 110 Deluxe|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40|
Front: 110 x 15mm
Rear: 148 x 12mm; 142 & 135mm require the use of Salsa Alternator Reduction plates
|Bottom Bracket||73mm BSA, threaded|
|Fork Compatibility||Accepts 100mm-travel|
29 x 2.4-inch
27.5 x 3.0-inch
* Subject to change without notice.
|Black / X-Small||657993136089||FM8340||SAL25981761K|
|Black / Small||657993136102||FM8341||SAL25561160K|
|Black / Medium||657993136126||FM8342||SAL25765757K|
|Black / Large||657993136140||FM8343||SAL25298091K|
|Black / X-Large||657993136164||FM8344||SAL25661190K|