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Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Fargo - Lemon of the year!
« on: May 10, 2010, 12:14:47 am »
I feel really badly about your experience, but I don't want to dissuade anyone who might be reading this from getting a Fargo.  I have a garage full of really, really nice bikes (5.5, 9.9, 720, Blue Ridge, etc.) and all I ever ride anymore is the Fargo.  It's really a fantastic, versatile, comfortable thing.

I have the front and rear Nice Racks on it, plus the cable tie-on baskets from Rivbike, and routinely load up the bike willi-nilli with all kinds of crap (firewood, cases of beer, flats of pansies) and it handles just fine at ~25mph.

That said, the idea that you'd have really big wheels, really big tires, a frame made in some cancer inducing sweatshop in Taiwan, and the panniers would shake on a 40 mph downhill isn't a total suprise.  The Fargo is really a gravel road and gravel trail bike - it's not a loaded touring bike.  If you're planning bombing down mountain switchbacks with loaded front panniers, you want something like a Co-motion Americano, with smaller wheels, made in USA, not a Fargo.  Or really, you want a B.O.B. trailer.  (The Fargo and the B.O.B. carry a tree just fine, by the way).

PS - please come back to the U.S.A on another trip.  We'd love to have you, we need the economic boost.


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