Salsa Fargo hands on

Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby lcfc » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:42 am

Hi All,

Looking for my first dirt road tourer. I'm already looking at the ogre and have been able to see it in the flesh but the salsa fargo is proving a bit elusive.

I've seen there is one in Erina but it's a bit of a trek from Sydney. This might be an odd request but are there any BNA members in Sydney that own such a bike and might be willing to show it off?

I'd also like to hear people thoughts on the Fargo 2 and it's suitability to touring. It's a double chain ring as opposed to triple. Would most change to a triple?

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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby thecaptn » Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:12 am

Salsa bikes have always been hard to get due to the importer(DirtWorks) being not good at what they do. (The importer has changed I believe and only time will tell if they will do a better job.) So folk who may have bought a Salsa in the past have given up trying to purchase one due to lack of availability. That being said I've only ever heard good things about the bikes.

If I were setting up a fargo as a tourer(and I planned to do this at one stage) I'd go the tripple. Looking at the official site, the Fargo which was XT tripple, is no longer in production so if a new bike you were after the options are Fargo 2- compact or Fargo 3- SLX tripple. I'd deffinately go the Fargo 3 myself. I put the same groupset on my T1 and it's awesome.

If I were doing it as a build I'd put SRAM Hydro And X0 on it 8)

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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby STC67 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:06 pm

Hi,

I have been looking at a Salsa Vaya. I tracked down the new Australian distributor for Salsa - "Dawson Sports" Salsa will be hitting our shores hopefully around December this year. At this stage they referred me to My Mountain in Melb who were happy to take my name and will contact me when they arrive. Actually the little correspondence I had with My Mountain bike shop was quite positive, the most proactive of any bike shop I have spoke with recently, but lets see if they call me back :) . Prices for frames will be about 10% more than the US online price (whatever that means) depending on exchange rates etc.

Let us know how you go.

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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby lcfc » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:33 pm

Can only hope the new distributor delivers and a few shops decide to stock them.

I've looked at the 2014 models and both the Fargo's 2& 3 have a SRAM double chain ring. I guess a custom build could be the way to go in that case. They've also introduced a carbon fork on the 2, looks nice. That said if I could get my hands on this years fargo 3 I'd probably be quite happy.

Looks wise the Fargo wins over the ogre for me but I need to ride it to make sure it suits.

Patience required I think.

Good luck with the vaya too.
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby TimRach » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:09 pm

I've got a couple in Canberra if you wants to have a look. A large and a small in the current model. Both my wife and I love them
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby lcfc » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:37 am

Thanks for the offer TimRach, if I was doing the Kowalski MTB race in a couple of weeks I would take you up on that. Do you do much fire trail riding on them or get on the dirt?
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby TimRach » Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:29 pm

We have only had them for a couple of months now, and the fire trails around Namadgi National Park is mostly all we have done. We have the Fargo 2 and find them extremely comfortable and capable, even in snow!
With the stock group set I do spin out when commuting, but that isn't a big issue as who ever rushes to work? Can't ever imagine it being a problem on a loaded tour. We haven't fully loaded ours up yet, but will do soon.
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby rifraf » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:44 pm

Forum member DavidL has a generation one Fargo pictured down the page here:
viewtopic.php?f=77&t=59339&hilit=fargo&start=25
When asked about the differences between Gen1 and Gen2:
- Replaceable alloy rear mech. hanger on Gen2, integrated steel one on the Gen1
- Lower headset high and suspension fork corrected on the Gen2
- Colours changed on Gen2, Gen1 only came in funboy green I think it is called.
- Cage mounts changed on the forks on the Gen2 for the Anything Cage, doesn't fit on the Gen1

Rest of the changes where just groupset/component changes.
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby lcfc » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:51 pm

Thanks Rifraf, I had seen that topic and read most of it along with most other forum info I can find on the Fargo and Ogre.

TimRach, if you're spinning out on the commute then that suggests I shouldn't worry too much about the double chain ring, hopefully the gearing is sufficient for touring.

Just been down to the local dealer in Sydney and they won't guarantee getting any floor stock to actually look at which makes life even more difficult. The new stock is potentially a couple of months away.

I looked at an Ogre at the weekend and there's no denying it's a very suitable work horse. I was a little surprised at the cost of $2400. There are some good deals to be had in the US at the moment, a complete Fargo 2 for 2k delivered. I prefer to support local bike shops where possible but....
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby rifraf » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:58 pm

lcfc wrote:Thanks Rifraf, I had seen that topic and read most of it along with most other forum info I can find on the Fargo and Ogre.
Just been down to the local dealer in Sydney and they won't guarantee getting any floor stock to actually look at which makes life even more difficult. The new stock is potentially a couple of months away.

I looked at an Ogre at the weekend and there's no denying it's a very suitable work horse. I was a little surprised at the cost of $2400. There are some good deals to be had in the US at the moment, a complete Fargo 2 for 2k delivered. I prefer to support local bike shops where possible but....

Hi Lcfc,
be aware (if your not already) importing anything over $1,000 attracts gst and some other charges (brokerage?).
This can bump up costs unexpectedly if your unaware.
I got my Ogre by importing a frame.
I recommend Jensonusa.com who claim to pricematch - well I've heard of them pricematching bikewagon.com.
Goodluck with the decision making. :)
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby lcfc » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:36 pm

Yep, 10% I think for duty?

Buying a frame is an option and then building it up. I'm not the best bike mechanic but a few friends and six packs would probably get it done ;)
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby rifraf » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:46 pm

lcfc wrote:Yep, 10% I think for duty?

Buying a frame is an option and then building it up. I'm not the best bike mechanic but a few friends and six packs would probably get it done ;)

I think the 10% is the gst only and then you may have duty and brokerage fees.
Check out this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=67893

and I think this:
http://www.bicycles.net.au/the-ultimate ... ar-online/
is still up to date
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Re: Salsa Fargo hands on

Postby lcfc » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:09 am

Thanks for the links Rifraf. Costs are noted.
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