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I'm between 5'7" and 5'8" (probably closer to the 5'8" mark). I'm trying to sort out which size frame to buy in a Fargo. Is anyone currently riding a Fargo who is close to my size? What frame size are you riding, and how is it working out?

I'm thinking that the 18-inch frame sounds right. Lately I've been going with mountain bikes in the 17.5-18 inch range.

The top-tube on the 18-inch Fargo is shorter by a good inch relative to the 17.5 inch frame that I currently ride, but I'm thinking that must be to accommodate the dropped bars, right? (I've never actually owned a drop bar bike before).

Standover on the 20-inch Fargo is too great, so I pretty much know that I can't go higher than the 18-inch size.
 

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Actually, the people at Salsa have suggested that I go with the 16" frame. I'm having a tough time with that recommendation, as I would never ride a 16-inch frame in a mountain-bike. I'm not even real happy with the seat-to-bar drop on my17-inch Rockhopper.
 

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JG,

You should really have your local shop that you will be buying this through do a road fit for you. Take the size TT they suggest and corrolate that to the appropriate size Fargo. The bike does not fit like an MTB. It is meant to fit like a road/cross/touring frame with handlebar height corrected for off-road use. If you would rather an 18" once you get a fit done, you can always adjust position to some degree with stem length.
 

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JonathanGennick said:
Actually, the people at Salsa have suggested that I go with the 16" frame. I'm having a tough time with that recommendation, as I would never ride a 16-inch frame in a mountain-bike. I'm not even real happy with the seat-to-bar drop on my17-inch Rockhopper.
I think you should listen to Salsa, especially since you state in your first post that you have no experience with drop bars (does this include road bikes?).

I'm 6'1", and I've ordered a large Fargo. It has roughly the TT length I ride on my road bikes, so I will probably shorten my stem 10 or 20 millimeters and call it a day.

I'm planning to use mine mostly on road, so your priorities may be different.
 

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I think you should listen to Salsa, especially since you state in your first post that you have no experience with drop bars (does this include road bikes?).

I'm 6'1", and I've ordered a large Fargo. It has roughly the TT length I ride on my road bikes, so I will probably shorten my stem 10 or 20 millimeters and call it a day.

I'm planning to use mine mostly on road, so your priorities may be different.
At 6'1", I actually went with an XL Fargo and am very glad I did. I think a large would have been a bit smaller/shorter than I was looking for, but I understand that different people are looking for different types of fit, and that everyone can basically fit on two frame sizes. I usually ride a large/20-inch Salsa mountain bike in every other model of their frames (as many people here on MTBR know pretty well).
 

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I just 15 minutes ago got off the phone with my LBS. My Fargo frame should be in on Friday.

(In other news, my wife has suggested that I move into the doghouse this evening).

After much agony and soul-searching deliberation, I went with the 18-inch size. I did that for two reasons:

1) I was inspired by someone in another Fargo thread to run Titec H bars rather than drops.

2) I do not like much, if any, saddle-to-bar drop. I fear the smaller of the two possible sizes that I could fit would result in too much drop.

So 18 inches it is. We'll see how that goes.
 

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JonathanGennick said:
I just 15 minutes ago got off the phone with my LBS. My Fargo frame should be in on Friday.

(In other news, my wife has suggested that I move into the doghouse this evening).

After much agony and soul-searching deliberation, I went with the 18-inch size. I did that for two reasons:

1) I was inspired by someone in another Fargo thread to run Titec H bars rather than drops.

2) I do not like much, if any, saddle-to-bar drop. I fear the smaller of the two possible sizes that I could fit would result in too much drop.

So 18 inches it is. We'll see how that goes.
I suspect you're going to be good-to-go. It'll be interesting to see how you end up running the bike long-term -- with the H-bars or with drop bars, but overall, I think you made a good call going with the larger of the sizes.
 

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mgersib said:
At 6'1", I actually went with an XL Fargo and am very glad I did.
Interesting. Stem length and rise?

Large has a 58.5 TT, XL has a 60. I ride a 57.5-59 TT on my road bikes w/ a 110 or 120 stem. I'm planning to build Fargo w/ Nitto mustache bars, which usually require a 20 mm shorter stem. So with a 58.5 TT and a 100 stem w/ mustache bars I should be mimicking one of my shorter road set-ups almost exactly. XL would put me on an 80 stem, which could get rather odd.
 

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Hi. I live (and was born) in Spain, so that means I don't have many opportunities to see, touch or try out a Fargo. I'm 6'5'' approximately (if my feet and inches are correct; 197 centimeters tall, anyway, and 91 centimeters in the inseam side), and I'm not sure about the sizing issue. I would be grateful if any of you guys could help me out a bit in that regard, because I don't really know whether I should go for the XL option or the XXL. If I manage to bring a Fargo frame to Spain, I'll put in it some drop handlebars and I'll use it as a touring bike (asphalt but dirt too). I've written a couple of mails to the Salsa folks indeed, but I haven't received any answer so far. Well, thanks and hasta luego!
 

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NAHTNOJ said:
Interesting. Stem length and rise?

Large has a 58.5 TT, XL has a 60. I ride a 57.5-59 TT on my road bikes w/ a 110 or 120 stem. I'm planning to build Fargo w/ Nitto mustache bars, which usually require a 20 mm shorter stem. So with a 58.5 TT and a 100 stem w/ mustache bars I should be mimicking one of my shorter road set-ups almost exactly. XL would put me on an 80 stem, which could get rather odd.
I'm on an 80mm, 20 degree rise stem with Bell Lap drop bars. With Nitto moustache bars, I think you won't need that rise on the stem, but the length should be about right. Believe it or not, the handling is awesome with that short stem with my hands on the drops. It's a little weird on the hoods, but I didn't build it to ride on the hoods... It's a drop bar mountain bike.
 

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This is the bike I wish I had...but I have standover issues. I am 5'10" with 30" bike inseam.

I saw at least one person was riding a Medium who had the normal body on the 30" inseam deal.

Since this is like an inch and a half below what I think standover is...how is that going? Is that a problem?

Thanks...
 

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Hello

I hope there is someone who could help me to choose frame size. There is no change to test the bike because I have to order it from internet without seeing it. I also tried to contact Salsa but they just told me to talk with a fit specialist. Also I've read every fargo thread from internet but I am still torn between small and medium.

My height is about 5,9"(180cm) and inseam 33,5'(85cm) and problem is that I have long legs and short reach. I’d like to run fargo with a drop bars. If I go with a small size I am afraid bars will be too low and with a medium top tube will be too long (I made that mistake with my previous touring bike). I will be using this bike as touring bike so I prefer relaxed riding position.

Based on effective top tube's length small frame seems to suitable for me but maybe I am missing something because sloping top tube's geometry. Should I go medium instead?

Sorry my poor english. I hope I made it clear enough.

Thanks.
 

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sleestak3 said:
This is the bike I wish I had...but I have standover issues. I am 5'10" with 30" bike inseam.

I saw at least one person was riding a Medium who had the normal body on the 30" inseam deal.

Since this is like an inch and a half below what I think standover is...how is that going? Is that a problem?
It's a long story, but I have not yet built the bike.Mostly, I've just been too busy. Partly, I've been going through some angst over which parts to put on the thing. Since I haven't built the bike yet, I can't comment on standover. I am worried about it though, to be honest.

I did have my wife remeasure me though. My measurements posted earlier are incorrect. In my riding shoes, I stand at 5' 9 1/4". My biking inseam works out to 32", when I shove the book up there with good force ;) . Again, I measured that inseam wearing my riding shoes.

I'm back home this week, and should have one or two evenings free to build. I already have the headset pressed. I'll probably mount the cranks next.
 

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I don't know what a biking inseam is, but I'm 5'11" with a 30" pants inseam and the medium Fargo is good on standover.
Inseam on pants depends on how you like to wear your pants.

The standover I am concerned about is a function of how much bike you can fit under you....measured by (as eloquently put by JG) "shoving a book up there with good force" with your feet on the floor.

I will try to measure again tonight with my shoes on. My wife will not help me because it will lead to the acquisition of more bikes.
 

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mgersib said:
At 6'1", I actually went with an XL Fargo and am very glad I did. I think a large would have been a bit smaller/shorter than I was looking for, but I understand that different people are looking for different types of fit, and that everyone can basically fit on two frame sizes. I usually ride a large/20-inch Salsa mountain bike in every other model of their frames (as many people here on MTBR know pretty well).
Yes, I understand you well now, when I got my Fargo frameset. I was too impatient with buying and read not enought. Speaking about touring fit, here you can meet my findings about geometry of Fargo and fitting. Photos too https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=6395222#post6395222

If you compare to road bike, must check different seat tube angles. With lower seat tube angle your frame is smaller compared to typical road frame. We are speaking on term reach and practical or real lenght of the frame. With my legs (35''/89cm) Fargo L 585mm HTT is actually 560mm. (because Saddle setback and Saddle height is always "fixed".) Look my links. thanks



https://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=6392956&postcount=509
 

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Here's my question to Salsa regarding bike fit

Hello there Salsa crew and Fargo riders, I have the same questions below that I sent to Salsa and patiently waiting for their reply:)

Need a little help from you guys. What size Fargo would you recommend for a 5'8.25" guy with a 32" inseam?

I perfectly fit on a road bike with 555mm ETT and 100mm stem while 23"-23.5" ETT for an MTB with a 90mm stem…


Now since the Fargo is a MTB with a drop bar? Which size would fit me better?
 

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Geez:madman:
Still no reply yet:confused:
I know its just either 16 or 18":madmax:
sorry running out of patience here for a simple Q:confused:
 
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