Frame / Fork
As the saying goes, ‘steel is real’ and I absolutely love steel frames. I like how they look and ride, as well as their reparability if something cracks or breaks. This makes steel frames perfect for off-road tours in faraway places. That’s why I was a little worried about going with Salsa’s Firestarter carbon fork that has a carbon steerer. It all seemed a little too risky, but I put my trust in the fact that Salsa has been producing off-road machines for quite some time now and the weight savings and small bump absorption of carbon was super appealing. So far, I haven’t had a single issue and the fork has grown on me. Though I chose to build the Fargo as a 27.5”+ bicycle, it has clearance for up to 29”+ wheels. I imagine a new wheelset would turn the Fargo into a totally different monster.