With the promise of the best morning in weeks, I woke up early this morning. I've had the Fargo put together for a few days now, but haven't had a good time to ride. After stopping at the bank and grabbing a cup of coffee, I drove to the shop. Suited up at a little past eight, I headed out to the local trails.
Despite owning the shop for five years now, I heard of some new trails in town that I had not known about. I think it was a happy coincidence that my new bike designed for exploring new places would get to do just that it's first time out.
New trail enters along the Straight River. The trail is largely hidden from view, but is quit obvious once you're on it. It's been very well built. I'm not sure who built it, but I have an idea, and they deserve a big thank you. This is really well done and rather sustainable.
Lots of little exposed river bluffs. It's rather steep here and the Fargo's low and long stature really clawed into the hill. Climbing traction is really quite good. Turning around and rolling down is also quite easy and enjoyable. as the geometry would suggest, the slack head angle and lower slung stance really makes for a confident descender.
Lots of swoopy little loops match the Fargo's nature rather well. Rather than quick, sharp steering inputs, this bike loves to carve flowing runs through the woods. I love the color as well!
Old standby photo shot of the old cave tunnels. The artwork is always a little different and it's fun to see what the kids come up with. River side flowing single track.
This was a really cool place. Huge earthen walls on either side of this ravine lead to the coolest culvert I've seen in a long time. Views like this abound on this new section of trail. It's really one of the best quality trails for its size down here. A mangled old tricycle hangs above the trail at a highpoint overlook. Defiantly art crafted by time.
In short review, the Fargo is great. I love how it rides, the color and spec works rather well for how I'm going to be using it, and I just love the cruiser feel of it. It's a solid performer on all fronts. It's a true standout in terms of uniqueness and performance. I look forward to perusing some Rice County gravel on Monday on this bike. I'll update more on my initial thoughts then.
Components are a total parts bin mismatch, but work well enough for me. The wheels are 36h XT's laced to Flows with butted spokes and brass nipples. Brakes are road BB7's with Cane Creek Levers. Tires are XDX 2.1"s. The drive train is a mutt. 950 XTR cranks, Mountain LX 7 spd front der, XT 8 spd rear der, and a XT 9 spd cassette and chain round it all out. Believe it or not this all works quite well together. Shimano barcons really are probably to thank for the ease of use.
On a totally unrelated front, the St Olaf Back to School CX Race is tomorrow. Come on out and watch or participate in one the hardest, most unique races on the circuit this year! Cheers, have a great weekend!