Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

Alternatives to Salsa Fargo Titanium?

Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Alternatives to Salsa Fargo Titanium?

Old 12-13-18, 01:36 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
DarKris's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 420

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR GX 1 (2018), Specialized Hellga (2017), Nashbar Cyclocross Bike (Custom)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Alternatives to Salsa Fargo Titanium?

I test rode the Tiagra Fargo last week and I really loved the drop bar MTB feel of it especially with the 29x2.6 tires. It made me want one as a winter/trail riding bike. However if I were to get one I would want the titanium, and with the price and limited availability, I wanted to see if there were any alternatives to a Fargo that can fit those 2.6 inch tires either in Aluminum/Carbon/Titanium?

Also side note: Can someone explain how they set up a Deore front derailleur to a 2x Tiagra road shifter 😳
DarKris is offline  
Old 12-13-18, 04:50 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 416
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 11 Times in 9 Posts
There is another thread here about Unicorn Cycles, which apparently sells custom titanium frames, made overseas, for ~$1400 (imagine that is the base price)...even when you consider having to buy the fork separately, I would imagine they could beat the price of the Ti Fargo frameset, not to mention being able to tweak the geo to your liking...full disclosure I have never used them myself, just saw the thread here.

I have looked around however for bikes similar to the Fargo and there is little out there that can fit 29+ and run drop bars comfortably...The Willier Jaroon+ is the only other one that comes to mind...but if you really want Ti your only other choice is probably some sort of custom. Plenty of MTBs and Fatbikes that can run 29+, but if you want t convert them to drop bars it can be problematic.

wheelsmcgee is offline  
Old 12-13-18, 05:39 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,011
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 256 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 20 Times in 17 Posts

gus6464 is offline  
Old 12-17-18, 08:49 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,072

Bikes: To the right: opinions, not facts.

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 462 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 35 Times in 22 Posts
Yeah, drop bar Ti frames with room for 2.4 29er tires (a very cool and desirable idea for me as well) are not exactly thick on the ground. Custom or boutique is likely the best option with bikes like the Moots Baxter or Mason ISO. I'm going to assume that since you're balking at the price of the Salsa, something like a Moots isn't going to work either. Steel, carbon or aluminum open up lots of somewhat more affordable options, for example: Hook ADV 2019 ? Bombtrack or https://www.honeybikes.com/packmule-...acking-series/ or . Also, you could build up a "traditional" Ti 29er frame to be drop bar assuming you by one with a short reach and a drop bar friendly front end. This is going to take some hunting, though.
Hiro11 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
11-12-18 08:02 PM
Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling
07-03-18 09:28 PM
Road Cycling
03-12-15 02:35 PM
07-05-12 08:00 PM
Road Cycling
02-05-12 06:54 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.