Personal setups » Tan’s Fargo build


This is my first experience with building my own bike, it was love and hate. The wheels I had built by hand and they are wonderful. I thought I would share some pictures of her on her first maiden voyage. I really love the Jeff Jones bars with the “thumbies” What a great combo. I am going to set up my bags soon and I will add pictures then. I have a Revelate harness along with the gas tank and seat bag. I have a beautiful Carousel frame bag, nit made for me, but it fits snug. It is one of his deluxe bags and is quite remarkable. April I leave for a tour of Death Valley and the Grand Canyon. Plenty of questions to come. I don’t know where to begin as this will be my first bike packing tour!

Comments (5)

Nelson LongflapMarch 6th, 2012 at 3:58 am

Did you alter the sizing of the Fargo as you’re not using drop bars? Was wondering if using the Jones bars affected the reach and hence top tube length needed?

TanMarch 6th, 2012 at 7:42 am

Nelson, I can’t really say. I never rode a Fargo with wood chippers. I am 6’2″ and that is a Large Fargo. The stem is a 110. On thing I did notice about fit. I needed a seatpost with a set back. The FSA seatpost in the picture is off another bike, I have aThompson witha setback on order. Once I install that, then I will know for sure whether I need a 110 or 120 stem. I am very happy with the fit right know, but I think I can make it just a bit better. Also, I moved the Thumbies over the cross in the handlebars and slid the brake levers up to the cross. Much better!

Nelson LongflapMarch 7th, 2012 at 3:23 am

Sounds like you’ve kept the standard sizing, but lengthened the stem. The standard Fargo set-up has a shorter stem with drops:

This makes sense since the ‘in-the-drops’ hand position will always be further forward than that for flat bars, especially backswept ones like the H-bars.

Steve FullerMarch 20th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

FWIW, I have a size L fargo with drops, and I ended up putting a setback Thompson on it as well. I needed to do that to get my knees in a comfortable position over the pedals.

KC FraserMarch 21st, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Hey its KC thought id chime in finally got signed up to comment thanks bro for the help with the gps your ride is sweet cant wait till we do a trip….over n out

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