The conditions Saturday were distinctly slower than on Sunday, when the track was more packed in. These pictures are from my solo run Saturday.
The Fargo's half-retro, half-modern drivetrain is rockin'. The 12-25 9-speed cassette is pretty tight with big knobby tires.
Lookin' down the trail. The Fargo readies to drop in on some packed snow action. No, it doesn't feel at all like a 'cross bike. It's 100-percent a drop bar mountain bike.
The new profile of off-road performance. In some conditions, I think this might be the fastest bike you can ride. Wilderness Park is probably one of 'em.
Sweet disc mount. Like the Big Mama, the Fargo uses post-type disc mounts, but because the Fargo is a frameset (frame and fork), you get post mounts front and rear.
The view from the top... This is how the axle lines up when you're riding with your hands in the drops. Considering where your hands are placed (about 20-30mm in-front of the stem clamp), it's actually about in-line with where it'd be on a flat-bar mountain bike. Perfect. It's amazing how close the geometry works out between this bike and my flat bar bikes... I'm still shaking my head.
Parts-wise, here's a breakdown of what I'm running on my Fargo (this one's for you, Paul):
- Shimano dual control levers -- 3x9 with an old-school 105 left and a newer Tiagra right. I basically pulled the bars/controls from my Chili Con Crosso, so..
- Salsa Bell Lap 46cm handlebars -- good bars, though I do want for a bit more sweep in extreme transition steering situaitons, such as you have going back-and-forth in the snow.
- Salsa Moto Ace 80mm x 20 deg rise stem -- had it sitting in the parts bin already and it was perfect for the application.
- Shimano Deore XT M737 (corrected... I looked again and saw I had the number wrong -- sorry!!) 58x94mm crank -- 22x32x44t rings. Running on a Shimano UN-72 BB. This crank came on my ti Bontrager and I've always wanted to use it on a 29er due to the bolt circle. It'll allow me to experiment with some crazy gearing combinations down the road.
- Shimano Ultegra 10sp long cage rear derailleur -- has the range I need to run whatever gears I want to run and looks nice. I already owned it too. Bonus...
- XT/Salsa Delgado Race wheels -- Came stock on my La Cruz. At times (such as now) the front wheel will get swapped out for my King/Delgado Race wheel, which has a wider, Maxxis Ardent on it. The standard tire I've been running on the Fargo is the Maxxis CrossMark.
- Avid BB7 road discs, of course.
I hope it was a great weekend of riding for everyone reading this message!