Salsa Fargo Apex 1 Bike

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A bit of a cult classic, Salsa Fargo Apex 1 bike is built for mixed-surface riders and bikepackers who plan to take any route necessary and carry everything they need when they're out for days on end.

  • Features

    • Offering predictable handling with or without a load, it's the bike to ride for multiple-surface excursions
    • Salsa-designed, triple-butted and frame size-specific seamless Cobra Kai chromoly tubing
    • Firestarter 110 Carbon Deluxe fork is a full-featured high-modulus carbon bikepacking fork available with a tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 in. steerer tube; 180mm maximum rotor size
    • Fork has 2 sets of 3-pack mounts for incredible load carrying possibilities; mid-blade mounts for low rider racks; fender mounts are compatible with 29 in. x 2.2 in. tire max.
    • Internal routing for 110 Boost Dynamo hubs (not included)
    • Alternator dropouts V1.5 is a splitable version of the Alternator dropout for ultimate drivetrain versatility
    • Set Alternator dropouts all the way forward for a shorter wheelbase that results in quick and nimble handling, or set them back for extra stability
    • Run single-speed or geared, quick-release or thru axle, freehub or Rohloff or Gates belt drive; this bike was tested and certified for belt drive use
    • 29 x 2.2 in. wheel and tire combination provides excellent rollover, low rolling resistance and great plenty of traction for mixed surface routes
    • Fargo geometry and spacing accommodates 27.5+ in., 29 in., and, on sizes Small to X-Large, 29+ in. tires, making it a highly capable bike that's ready for almost any endeavor
    • Designed for use with the Salsa Alternator Standard rack (not included)
    • Pedals not included; specs and images are subject to change


    Free Adjustment Period:
    New bikes go through a normal break-in period, after which they should be readjusted. All bicycles sold at REI include free adjustments for one year after purchase date—as many times as you need. Included: derailleur and brake adjustments, lateral wheel truing, hub and headset bearing adjustments, tire inflation and chain lubrication. Not included: replacement or installation of new components or accessories, any other services. Call your local REI Co-op Bike Shop for more information.
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  • Technical Specs

    Best Use


    Mountain Biking

    Bike Frame Material





    Firestarter 110 Carbon Deluxe

    Bike Suspension

    No Suspension


    SRAM Stylo 6K Eagle DUB, 32T


    SRAM Apex 1

    Rear Derailleur

    SRAM Apex 1

    Rear Cogs

    SRAM PG 1130, 11-42T

    Number of Gears

    11 gear(s)

    Brake Type

    Mechanical Disc Brake


    TRP Spyre-C mechanical disc, 160mm rotors

    Brake Levers

    SRAM Apex


    WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0

    Front Hub

    WTB Serra 32h, 15x100mm thru-axle

    Rear Hub

    WTB Serra 32h, 12x148mm thru-axle

    Wheel Size

    29 inches


    Teravail Sparwood 29 x 2.2 in., tubeless ready

    Tire Width

    2.2 inches

    Handlebar Shape

    Drop Bar


    Salsa Cowchipper


    Salsa Guide

    Seat Post

    Salsa Guide


    WTB Volt Comp


    Not included


    Cane Creek 40


    SRAM PC 1110





  • Size Chart

    XS S M L XL
    Height Range 150 - 160cm 160 - 175cm 173 - 183cm 180 - 191cm 188cm and up
    Reach 349.7 352 368.4 384.8 409.1
    Stack 594 615 643.1 671.1 689.7
    Effective Top Tube 520 540 565 590 620
    Seat Tube Center-Top 355.6 406.4 457.2 508 558.8
    Standover Height 690 732 778 821 859
    Head Tube Length 90 110 140 170 190
    Head Tube Angle (degrees) 68.5 69 69 69 69
    Seat Tube Angle (degrees) 74 74 73 73 73
    Wheelbase 1045 - 1061 1061 - 1078 1077 - 1093 1104 - 1120 1136 - 1152
    Chainstay 445 - 462 445 - 462 445 - 462 445 - 462 445 - 462
    Fork Offset 45 45 45 45 45

    Sizing Notes

    Measurements are stated in millimeters unless otherwise indicated.

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