Dan’s Flat Bar Fargo

This unique Fargo build is for Dan, who will be going LONG with his new ride.

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Dirt road riding and bikepacking is our forte, we helped Dan put some thought into his custom build kit. First off, the Salsa Fargo frame is a proven chassis for this application, carrying its weight long and low, with plenty of provisions for frame bags, racks, and water bottle mounts to keep weight off the back.

From the start, Dan wanted his bike to be based on a flat bar riding position. We settled on the versatile Jones Loop bar, which offers several hand positions for anything from off road use to pavement cruising. The drivetrain is mostly Shimano XT, pared with a set of Paul’s Thumbies shifters, which work great on these bars. They also have the added benefit of a “friction” mode, so the shifters will keep working even if the derailleur is damaged and won’t index.
Stopping duties went to a set of Avid BB7 mechanicals for ease of maintenance, boosted with Odyssey linear cable housing for extra power and modulation.

 

The wheelset is especially nice. We built it up with Shimano XT hubs and NoTubes Flow rims, 36 spokes laced up with DT Competition spokes for durability and stiffness even when loaded heavy. He’s running a set of WTB Nano Raptor tires, known for low rolling resistance and durability.

We finished the build off with a set of bags from Revelate Designs and a frame pack he already had. Regarding Dan’s first ride on it, he said:
“Yesterday was her maiden voyage. I rode mostly dirt and paved roads throughout the national park. 20 miles or so and it was heaven. So smooth and easy to ride. Better than I imagined. One friend offered to buy her on the spot after taking his turn. She really is amazing and THANK YOU.”

 

One thought on “Dan’s Flat Bar Fargo

  1. Thanks Brendan and Mary. I have not stopped riding this bike since we spoke. I can’t wait to hit the road on my first tour. I’ll be leaving Joshua tree soon and heading north through Death Valley on my way to the Grand Canyon. Depending on time, I will probably end up taking a train home from Flagstaff. I have to get back to my job!

    Packing for this trip will be tricky. Temps in Death Valley could easily be near or above 100 degrees while I could still see freezing temps near Flagstaff. Even worse, there is a good 48 hour stretch on a dirt trail heading north through Death Valley that will not have water.. at least no spring I can count on. With all that I am still shooting for this tour without racks and panniers, just the Revelate bags. I’ll just wait and see what the weather forecast looks like before I leave.

    Enjoy the storm tonight

    Dan

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