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I am building up a Fargo Ti (waiting on a few more parts to come in). I have a few questions concerning the build. A.) Do I need any Ti prep for the frame? I have heard that aluminum and titanium "cold weld" together. Is this true? Would any aluminum part that contacts the frame fuse together permanently? B.) Pretty sure I know the answer but can bb7 mtn brakes be modified for apex brifters? I'm thinking not but am interested to know if anyone has done it. I have built a few bikes before but I realize there is still a learning curve. Any one built up a Fargo ti I'm open to advice/opinions.
 

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Just a bit of grease or anti-seize on the aluminum/Ti interface will prevent any problems with the Aluminum oxidizing. Good idea to do this with any parts except carbon [Edit] with about anything - always use assembly paste to grip. The Ti will not corrode or oxidize in the environments you will survive!

BB7 Mtn brakes have a different pull than the road versions. If you are spending the money building a Ti Fargo, get the right calipers and you'll be way happier with them than any type of jury-rigging you might do to try to make the wrong calipers work with road levers. That is going to be a nice ride.
 

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Yeah I noticed the angle of the control arm is smaller on the road bb7s to accomodate a shorter pull. Might as well get the right parts like ATBscott said. After all it is a Fargo ti. Do it right
 

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I bought the fargo ti to be a one bike to rule all bike. I have become a multiple bike owner and wanted a bike that would last a lifetime. I hope that maybe I can sell/donate my other bikes to people would need them or don't have the means to buy a bicycle. I got a good deal on the frame as well and I think its the last of the US made ti frames. I'm running compact road gearing with a sram apex 50/34 crank. I figure a 34 will probably handle most of the singletrack around here (I used to ride a SS monocog that was a 34x19 without any problems). Thoughts?
 

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I bought the fargo ti to be a one bike to rule all bike. I have become a multiple bike owner and wanted a bike that would last a lifetime. I hope that maybe I can sell/donate my other bikes to people would need them or don't have the means to buy a bicycle. I got a good deal on the frame as well and I think its the last of the US made ti frames. I'm running compact road gearing with a sram apex 50/34 crank. I figure a 34 will probably handle most of the singletrack around here (I used to ride a SS monocog that was a 34x19 without any problems). Thoughts?
If you've been 34x19 single speed and have no problems, it shouldn't be an issue. I'd be more worried about ground clearance for the 50 tooth.
 

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not sure about the ti frame, but the steel frame requires spacers when using a road crankset.
 
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