This is the giant ramp I’m building in my front yard so I can jump things. Not really.
You might be wondering why I would ride a bike like this on a 50+ mile road ride. I do have a Bianchi full carbon cross bike with 25cm tires that I normally use for road riding. The reasons I ride the Salsa are numerous. First, the Fargo Ti is far more fun to ride. This bike is a drop bar, adventure touring mountain bike, so the geometry is like a mountain bike with a sloping top tube, higher bottom bracket and can run tires over two inches wide.(I run 2.0 Continental Travel Contacts which are great on everything except hard sand when they suddenly become ice skates.) The riding position is much higher than my road bike, so yes, I’m pushing more wind but am also far more comfortable. I can ride 50+ on this bike and feel fantastic when I get off the bike. When I do 50+ on the Bianchi I am feeling EVERY single bump in the road. These bumps add up over any distance, even though the bike is far lighter and far quicker. Also, I’m not fast on any bike. I’m routinely blitzed by all age ranges, skill levels, etc. During this ride I looked to my left and was next to a woman that HAD to be eighty years old. She had snot coming out of her nose, sweat rolling down her face and she was BEAMING. If I could only be so hardcore. The Fargo also allows me to ride tarmac, singletrack, fire road, dirt road and any combination of these on a single ride. The Bianchi, not so much. I also ride the Fargo more because this is the bike that will lead me to my next real adventure, a long tour of some sort. I’m finally feeling like I could undertake something like this without literally dying. And when I say “long” I don’t mean circumnavigate the globe, ride the tundra in winter or cross the Sahara. I mean something like ride from Santa Fe to San Antonio. Finally, I love the Fargo because a part of me likes the idea of a one bike life. A do anything, ride anything machine. I have racks for my groceries, other tire options for my mountain bike rides and frame packs for touring. The ONLY thing I don’t like about this bike is the SRAM components. Nothing against SRAM, but I’ve ridden Shimano my entire life. I find these components need near constant adjustments. My Bianchi has Shimano Dura Ace and Ultegra and has never been adjusted. The Salsa needs tweaks nearly every ride. Otherwise, it’s grand. Get one.