Salsa went back to the Fargo’s roots with the 2020 Apex 1 model, in more ways than one (kind of). The new model gets 2.2″ 29er Sparwood tires and (almost) retro paint and graphics…

When I first saw this foundry photo of the new 2020 Salsa Fargo, I thought it was the Deadwood, reincarnated. But, I’m kind of colorblind and apparently it’s more “hot red” than “burnt orange.” Even so, Salsa made one retro move on the new Fargo. Instead of fitting it with plus or 2.6″ tires, they specced it with 2.2″ Teravail Sparwoods, taking it back to its original intent: to cover more miles on rides such as the Tour Divide. Find specs below…

2020 Salsa Fargo
  • 2020 Salsa Fargo
  • 2020 Salsa Fargo
2020 Salsa Fargo

2020 Salsa Fargo Apex 1 Build

The Fargo frame hasn’t changed. it still has capacity for 27.5+ or 29+ wheels and tires via the rotating Alternator dropouts. As for the build kit, the biggest changes are that it gets i25mm WTB rims and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. Here’s the full Apex 1 model kit…


  • Frame Fargo
  • Fork Firestarter 110
  • Color Red


  • Rear Der SRAM Apex 1
  • Cassette SRAM PG 1130, 11-42t
  • Chain SRAM PC 1110
  • Crankset Stylo 6K Eagle DUB, 32t
  • Shifter SRAM Apex 1
  • Brakes & Rotors TRP Spyre-C, 160mm


  • Headset Cane Creek 40
  • Stem Salsa Guide
  • Handlebar Salsa Woodchipper
  • Grips Salsa Gel Cork Bar Tape
  • Seatpost Salsa Guide
  • Saddle WTB Volt Comp

Wheels and Tires

  • Front Wheel WTB Serra Hubs 15 x 110mm, WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0, 32h
  • Rear Wheel WTB Serra Hubs 141mm QR, WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0, 32h
  • Tires Teravail Sparwood 29 x 2.2″ Durable, Tubeless Ready
2020 Salsa Fargo

The 2020 Salsa Fargo Apex 1, as specced above, will retail for $2199 (learn more over at Also, note that you can still get the Fargo with 2.6″ tires. The orange 2x Tiagra build has i29 rims and 2.6″ Maxxis Icons for $2000. Or, build your own with the black frameset for $999. Check out Salsa’s blog post about their steel lineup, including the new Marrakesh and Vaya models, too…



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