The Salsa Fargo feels like it was designed for me. I can’t say enough about this bike and what it’s like to ride it. Commuting to work, flying down fire roads and everything in between, there’s nothing that it can’t handle. However, as great as the Salsa Fargo is, the guys at Salsa felt that it could be even better. Who am I to argue with the guys that created such a great bike right?
Once the Tour Divide was on my radar I knew that it was only a matter of time before I would be looking for something lighter. You can imagine that I was really excited to hear that Salsa was going to include the Fargo in their new line of Titanium bikes. As soon as I could, I placed my order. That was back in November or December and I’ve been waiting patiently since then. Until now that is. Meet Rocinante, my Salsa Ti Fargo.
For the most part, I just swapped over the parts from my steel Fargo. I did however build new wheels. I’ve been wanting to go tubeless for a while and this seemed like the perfect time. I used the Stan’s Arch rims and a DT Swiss rear hub. On the front though I built the wheel around a SON 28 Dyno Hub. I’ve got a SON 20delux on my Kogswell and I’ve been spoiled by always having power for your lights. The larger wheel of the Fargo dictated that I had to use the heavier SON 28. For the light I opted for the Supernova E3 Triple. The housing of the light itself is the same as my Supernova E3, however, as you can imagine, puts out the triple the light. The best part is that all the parts are available in black, so I was able to keep the color scheme consistent. We made notes of the new wheel weights compared to the stock wheels that I was rolling. The new rear wheel is 1.5lbs lighter than the stock rear wheel, and the new front only weighs 500 grams heavier than the stock wheel! I was concerned that the weight of the SON 28 would be too much, but I’m still lighter overall with this setup!
I took Rocinante out for the first ride yesterday. I had my normal workout to do, and I wanted to do some recon for a new dirt road in the area. I got a really late start because I had to move the Revelate Designs bags and gear over to the new bike. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get it all my workouts done in the time I had. I packed a lunch and pedaled up to Chantry Flats, where I was able to enjoy the view of a scrubbed clean greater Los Angeles. I could see the ocean, San Pedro and all the way to Orange County. For some reason they had the road closed to cars so that was an added benefit. All the climbing was done without a single car coming up the road. Once I got up to the helipad I heard some air escaping from the front tire. I found the spot and just rolled the tire so that the CaffeLatex could do it’s job and before long it was sealed. Amazing! I’m sold on this tubeless stuff.
I ended up being out for longer than I had planned. I just didn’t want to stop riding for some reason. I did end up finding the road I was looking for, so I’m really excited about that. However, it’s a steep road and getting to the top does not come easy. Here’s a look at my route for the day. I shot more timelapse with the GoProHD camera too. This is the descent from Chantry Flats down to Arcadia.
Overall I’m very happy with the new Fargo. I still need to dial in the fit, but it’s pretty close. The only bummer about the frame is that the frame triangle is smaller than my steel Fargo. My current Revelate Designs frame bag will not fit at all. That frame bag was already small, so I’m going to lose even more space. I’d considered the Medium Fargo, but it was just a little too big, so I opted to stay with a size Small. I’ll just have to plan on carrying a backpack I think. Totally doable. Now it’s time to plan our first overnighter together!