2014 Salsa Fargo -- Even Better Than Before
Salsa has once again found a way to improve on what was already any amazing bike. I have made no bones about the fact I think the Fargo is the ultimate go anywhere bike, especially for those looking to tour far and wide. The new 2014 model offers up several key changes that make it an even better long distance traveler. The first is the addition of the Alternator Dropouts, something that IGH and Single Speed fans have longed for. The Alternator dropout will allow for easy setup of a Rohloff or Alfine a breeze; configuring the bike as a Single Speed; or even as a bailout in the event of a broken rear derailluer. I personally will be adding a shiny red Rohloff to my new 2014 Ti Fargo.
The second major enhancement is the addition of a Carbon Fork specifically designed for the Fargo. Salsa has re-engineered their Anything Cages and in doing so, have changed the placement of the braze-ons/mounting position for the cages. Moving the cages forward, in an attempt to help absorb some of the energy that cage impact might incur.
In addition to moving the mounts forward, Salsa has added these mounts to the new Fargo Carbon fork. For those of us that prefer the ride characteristics of a Carbon fork, we now have the best of both worlds allowing us to have a Carbon Fork and to keep our Anything Cages. OMG, I am drooling just thinking about it... There are a few other changes, including the geometry correction to handle a 100mm suspension fork and a slight shortening of the chain stays, but these are nowhere near as exciting to me as the dropouts and the carbon fork.
I will post pics as soon as mine arrives, but in the meantime Dirtrag has a great writeup and some nice images for everyone to drool over.
Here is an update. One of my friends sent me to this image where in the background you can see what appears to be the new Ti Fargo.